November 27, 2016

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Don’t Get Body Slammed by a Lowland Gorilla

Just last week a student of mine alluded to one of those ridiculous old Direct TV commercials.  Remember these?  “When you pay too much for cable, you feel down.  When you feel down, you stay in bed.  When you stay in bed, they give your job to someone else…” The scenario quickly devolves so that […]

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November 13, 2016

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Pull, Push, and Nudge

“In the end it’s best to pull whenever you can, push whenever you must, and nudge all the time.”  That’s the closing (and the best) line of an article that someone sent my way this week.  The article is called The Power of Professional Capital – adapted from a book written by two Canadian Education Gurus […]

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November 4, 2016

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Be More Curious. Take More Risks.

I was recently given an article called “Four (Secret) Keys to Student Engagement.”  I was, of course, excited right away because the title had the words “Secret Keys” and that sounds super cool.  Plus, all teachers want to have students who are more engaged so if these authors had the secret keys to pull that off, […]

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October 29, 2016

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Instructional vs. Transformational Leadership

John Hattie points out some key distinctions between Transformational Leadership and Instructional Leadership in education: Transformational leaders lead around a common vision; their focus tends to be on getting teachers and students to buy in and commit to that vision.  Once they have the buy in, they turn their attention to creating an environment in […]

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October 5, 2016

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The End of the Story – Will Ferrell, Jim Stockdale, and Educators

There’s this movie with Will Ferrell, Emma Thompson, and Dustin Hoffman called Stranger than Fiction. Have you seen it? If not, you should watch it; it’s excellent.  Will Ferrell is a character in a book that Emma Thompson is writing and there’s this interplay between her story and real life that is creative and thought […]

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