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Initiative Fatigue

May 12, 2017

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So Exhausted - One More Thing?

“Really?!? Another thing? We are barely started with the last thing and the thing before that.  I can’t even remember the main focus of the thing from last month.  Is this one going to stick or is it going to be soon forgotten like last year’s thing?  How can we have 50 things that we […]

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What’s your passion?

February 1, 2017

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We talked about the makings of a great leaders this week.  The discussion started with an examination of James Kouzes and Barry Posner’s  list of “Ten Truths About Leadership.”  The truths they list are helpful but not surprising.  They mention things like believing in yourself, building credibility, developing relationships, sticking to you values, etc.  As […]

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Pull, Push, and Nudge

November 13, 2016

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“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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Be More Curious. Take More Risks.

November 4, 2016

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

October 5, 2016

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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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