In a Forbes article from 2015 called Why You Need Cultural Intelligence, folks from the IESE Business School explain the concept of cultural intelligence as a sort of x-factor that has the potential to “drive up innovation and creativity” as it allows someone to integrate different perspectives across cultural barriers. They talk about the immenseContinue reading “Cultural Mindfulness”
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What’s your passion?
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. AsContinue reading “What’s your passion?”
Another List – Teacher Traits
I had fun writing last week’s list but I didn’t think that I’d make a habit of it. But then someone posed this question yesterday to a group of educators I’m a part of: “What traits make up a good teacher?” If this doesn’t lend itself to another list, I don’t know what does. TheContinue reading “Another List – Teacher Traits”
Teaching on purpose
My 9 year old is obsessed with soccer right now. It seems like he’s constantly dribbling a ball around the house, trying new moves to get by his brothers and sister, passing the ball off the walls over and over, and seeing how many times he can juggle the ball without it touching the ground. Continue reading “Teaching on purpose”
The Art of Feedback
I meet with a group of educators each week to talk shop, and this week our conversation turned to how to give effective feedback. We started the conversation by watching a video of a 6th grade teacher delivering a lesson and then talked about how we would offer feedback to this particular teacher. The conversationContinue reading “The Art of Feedback”
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 inContinue reading “Instructional vs. Transformational Leadership”
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”
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.
Just turn the controller around
I took my 6 year old to the dentist last week. As soon as he walked in the waiting room, I could tell that he was far more excited than he should be at the dentist – no offense to dentists. His eyes got wide and he marched directly across the room to a videoContinue reading “Just turn the controller around”
Google Plus in my classroom
I started a 7 week experiment with Google+ in my Tech Essentials class last week. There are a few parts of the curriculum that I think will lend themselves to being easily (maybe that’s not the right word) integrated into the Google + experiment. Here are a few initial thoughts on how this might work:Continue reading “Google Plus in my classroom”