Handing Out Tickets

cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo shared by West Midlands Police Late for supervision one day about five years ago, I was slightly speeding to work (it was about 10km over the speed limit) as I was going…

On Trust

“I discovered, to my surprise, that the adults in school~even colleagues who had more or less equal power~found it hard to trust each other. Something about teaching is so personal and raw that teachers spend a lot of energy avoiding…

Lessons Learned

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As I complete my thirteenth year as an educator, I would like to share thirteen lessons learned throughout my time as a teacher and/or principal. 1.
 I’ve come to realize great educators take responsibility for their own learning rather than…

Hunting or Gathering?

Amongst your students and the staff you work with reflect on who is “Hunting” and who is a “Gathering.”  This awareness will give you a better understanding of how to differentiate instruction, how to teach certain students, see where a…

Rocky Ground

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   ~Lao Tzu~ We hosted an un-conference last week with a collection of some of our district’s strongest teachers to explore and engage in conversational learning. Sixty or so members of…

Engaging Without Carrots & Sticks

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Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm and I were recently asked by educator and author Larry Ferlazzo to respond to the question: HOW CAN WE  KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED WITHOUT CARROTS & STICKS?  My response originally appeared at Education Week here and was cross posted at my…