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…

140 Characters of Kindness

I had a great opportunity recently to attend the #140Cuse conference in Syracuse, New York, and learn from some amazing innovators from many different industries.  It was a great experience and I am extremely thankful to the organizers who invited…

Shifting the Monkey

I just recently finished reading Todd Whitaker’s newest book, “Shifting the Monkey: The art of protecting good people from liars, criers, and other slackers.” For the record, I am a big fan of Todd and his work. He is also a pretty…

Social Media and Two-Way Communication

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Recently, I was invited to participate in a webinar titled, Using social media to enhance school-community relations. The webinar was spearheaded by Dr. Scott McLeod, professor at the University of Kentucky and the author of the phenomenal blog Dangerously Irrelevant,…

Practice/People

“Teaching more than virtually any activity (aside from parenting, perhaps) depends on quick instinctive habits and behaviour, and on deeply held ways of seeing and valuing.”         ~Deborah Meier~ When you spend a few hours in the…

Re-designing spaces for learning

(This is a copy of a my guest blog post published this week for the World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE, Qatar – on re-designing spaces for learning: http://www.wise-qatar.org/content/stephen-harris-redesigning-spaces-around-collaborative-teaching and slide show: http://www.wise-qatar.org/node/16860 RE-DESIGNING SPACES FOR LEARNING There is a…

Some Thoughts On Bullying

Cross-posted on the Burlington High School Principal’s Blog There’s no doubt that the release of the documentary Bully will lead to some deeper discussion on bullying and what we can do to reduce the number of incidences of bullying in our schools…