When I was in Grade 4, my teacher, Miss Butler, ended the year by giving everyone a personalized card that wrote about the unique things she saw in me in the classroom. As my parents owned a restaurant, she thanked my family for providing pizza for the class, and also acknowledged my sense of humor … [Read more…]
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In a recent workshop, I was asked: “Do you think that kids should just be able to bring phones to the classroom whenever they want?” At the end of the…
In a recent workshop, I was asked: “Do you think that kids should just be able to bring phones to the classroom whenever they want?” At the end of the answer, I always share that ultimately, the decision should be with the teacher as they know their community the best, but here are some things … [Read more…]
Ah, the glorious calmness of June and July! This is where, hopefully, as leaders, we can pause, reflect, rest and rejuvenate! Here are a few things you can add to your plate for the next couple of months…one to read, one to plan, and one to HELP. If you haven’t read Abby Wambach’s new book, […]
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Oklahoma has experienced its share of storms and severe weather this spring. The other day, our family was sitting in our storm closet as sirens were sounding at 6:30AM. Afterwards, I was driving my seventh-grade son, Jack, to school. As we approached the school, I began to predict how his principals would manage the morning. […]
Picture by Mari Andrew I saw this picture on Imgur by Mari Andrew, and I love it because of the simplicity, yet powerful emotions it evokes. Rough times will always…
I saw this picture on Imgur by Mari Andrew, and I love it because of the simplicity, yet powerful emotions it evokes. Rough times will always happen, but they will not stay. Good times will happen, but they will not remain. That is part of what it is to be human. The trick is not … [Read more…]
Early on in my career as both a teacher and principal I encountered a number of upset parents. At times, some of them were livid, talking crazy we might say, and other times on the brink of losing their minds […]
To have a successful school, it requires leaders who are abreast of how everything in a school works. Schools are highly complex places where poor decision-making in one area of…
I will continue to use this blog as part of my professional growth plan to reflect, ask questions, and share ideas. This year, I have shifted my focus from “building staff culture” to “instructional leadership”. Last summer, I was moved from… Continue Reading →
I am a total sucker for quotes. I feel short quotes are often like great song lyrics in the way that they tell the consumer a story made for their…
I am a total sucker for quotes. I feel short quotes are often like great song lyrics in the way that they tell the consumer a story made for their interpretation in a way that is needed at the moment. This article providing quotes on criticism has some thought-provoking ideas from different viewpoints. For example, … [Read more…]
How do you define student achievement? Is student achievement defined by how students perform on some type of standardized assessment? When politicians, policymakers, and lots of educators too, talk about raising student achievement, it usually means raising test scores.
If we want more permanence and perspective in education, we have to be willing to invest in agency. We must empower students and teachers to do things that are bigger than just mastering content standards. We have encourage creativity and connection and allow for learning that taps into strengths and passions.
So let’s aim to get a better balance between achievement and agency. Achievement won’t solve the world’s problems unless our students learn they are powerful problem solvers. They must know first and foremost the significant agency they have to make a difference.
What are you thoughts? How are you specifically equipping students with greater agency and empowerment in your classroom and school? Leave a comment below or respond on Facebook or Twitter.
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I am trying to work through some thoughts, so bear me as it is one of those “write to learn” posts. My daughter Kallea and I are watching the movie…
I am trying to work through some thoughts, so bear me as it is one of those “write to learn” posts. My daughter Kallea and I are watching the movie Smallfoot (which she loves but basically if there is music and it is animated, she will love it) and there is one part in the … [Read more…]
When Principal Jen Schwanke was talking to one of her teachers about the importance of balance, her teacher asked an honest question. “Why should I do this when you don’t?” Jen realized then that she had been modeling bad habits for her teachers. For instance, when she sent emails to teachers at 10:00 PM, she […]
Kindness is more than being nice. It’s great to do nice things for people, and that’s certainly part of being kind. But true kindness goes deeper. It tests our character because it isn’t always easy. Most everyone is kind to others when they feel like it, or when other people are nice to them.
1. Are you happy for others when they succeed?
Disagreement doesn’t have to result in disrespect. We should be able to share different perspectives without feeling diminished or making others feel diminished.
Kindness doesn’t make excuses. If you make a mistake, admit it and do what you can to make it right.
A person who is kind believes the best about others. It’s being the type of person who can see the strengths in others, even when they’re hard to see.
Holding a grudge is definitely not a kindness quality. But sometimes it’s hard if the other person doesn’t apologize. But true kindness is tested by the hard stuff.
What are other ways you can think of to show kindness? Leave a comment or respond on Facebook or Twitter. It would be great to hear from you!
Jeff Kubiak posted this image on Twitter: LOVE! The concept of “focusing on strengths” is something that I have shared in “The Innovator’s Mindset,” and dive into deeper in my…