What’s a Growth Mindset?

“If you started at a school where the teachers were not familiar with the concept of a ‘growth mindset’ how would you introduce the concept?” Someone posed this question to group of educators I’m part of. Growth mindset has been a hot topic in education recently. The concept is simple but profound. People with aContinue reading “What’s a Growth Mindset?”

Get Better

According to Steven Covey, the primary thing that separates great leaders from good leaders is simply “being an individual who can be trusted.” After making this claim, Covey lists and explains 13 behaviors that characterize a leader who can be trusted. When I talked through these high trust behaviors with a group of colleagues thisContinue reading “Get Better”

Values and Stories

I recently read an article written by business management guru Patrick Lencioni called “Make Your Values Mean Something.” Lancioni breaks values into 4 distinct categories in order to distinguish “Core Values” from other types of values that might distract an organization if they are wrongly deemed “Core.” “Core values,” he says, “are the deeply ingrainedContinue reading “Values and Stories”

The Graduation Experience

Del Oro High School’s class of 2015 graduated on Saturday morning at 8am.  The morning was beautiful and the ceremony was close to perfect.  Speeches were delivered, hands were shaken, diplomas were handed over, and there were smiles on nearly every face. My student media team had to deal with lots of moving parts inContinue reading “The Graduation Experience”

Things I learned at local high school film festival

Sunday was the 2nd annual Northern California Media Educators (NCME) Media and Film Showcase.  It’s an opportunity for media, film, and broadcasting students from the region to submit some of their best work to be judged by industry professionals.  Five of my students and I made our way to San Juan High School for theContinue reading “Things I learned at local high school film festival”

I searched for the cure for polio

Earlier this week I was talking with a friend and fellow high school teacher about the first day of the term that was quickly approaching.  He told me that he never goes over the syllabus or the class procedures on the first day.  “It can be kind of boring to talk through all of thatContinue reading “I searched for the cure for polio”

The Greatest Week Video Contest

It’s Homecoming week at Del Oro, and it’s huge.  Every day has a different dress up theme (doctors vs. patients, blast from the past, alarm didn’t go off, etc.) and students and teachers go all out with their costumes.  Every night this week students are at school until about 10pm building floats for the paradeContinue reading “The Greatest Week Video Contest”

Live from the room next door

Monday was parent night at Del Oro High School.  In previous years, I’ve had my broadcasting students record a news show the week before that I can show to their parents.  If the show doesn’t come out great, if the transitions are that smooth, if the audio needs some work, I can fix all ofContinue reading “Live from the room next door”

We’ve got HOMEWORK!!!

My oldest two kids came into my classroom yesterday after school with giant smiles.  “Daddy, we’ve got HOMEWORK!!!”  They were ecstatic.  They couldn’t wait to sit down and get started on it.  They set themselves up at a small desk in the back of the room, carefully got out their homework and went right toContinue reading “We’ve got HOMEWORK!!!”

Give us another quiz!!

I found this new assessment tool that left my students asking for more. It turned a quiz into a game with live results, a leader-board, trash talking and cheering for more.  It’s called kahoot and if you’re a teacher whose students have access to computers, tablets or smartphones, you’ve got to check it out.