Evaluate me!

Over the past several months, there have been a number of posts and articles about evaluating teachers in K-12 education.  And in just the last few days, the media in British Columbia has been floating the idea of yearly teacher…

Avoiding the Revolution?

When did the stone age flintknappers actually realize that their skills had become obsolete?  Do you think they looked around at the folks who were working on making a hotter fire, shake their heads and say, “We have to emphasize…

Challenge Me.

Growth. Image from http://bit.ly/n89fga (cc)

In his book Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni tells us that if you have a team that sits around and always agrees, you are not a real team. Teams must challenge each other to be better. There is…

Sorry, but I Won’t Think for You

As a school administrator and former special education teacher, I have tremendous respect and high regard for teachers. Occasionally, the teaching field can be extremely-difficult, stressful, and full of delayed gratification. Teachers are the “front-line force” for implementing a school…

Not Rocket Science…

“Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.” ~Richard Elmore~ I used this quote a few weeks back during one of our staff meetings and it seemed to resonate nicely…

Re-Thinking School Design

The other day I was fortunate to attend a training session on the new Chromebook at Google’s New York City offices.  The Chromebook itself turned about to be an intriguing device that clearly has an upside as an educational tool in…

Pause Before You Post

Have you ever read one of those emails that just got under your skin? You know that email or post that just elevated your blood pressure to the point where you felt like your head was going to explode? You…

God Bless the Freaks

This thing of beauty came through my network yesterday: Which reminded me of the one sticker on my truck: Truly! I have always aspired towards, and secretly yearned to be a freak…but…because I know I am not one, I can’t…