Principal Thoughts

Designing an Effective In-School Suspension Program

Perhaps more frequently than ever before, administrators choose an in-school suspension over the out-of-school alternative. There are many reasons for this choice, but perhaps the most obvious is the academic advantage of keeping a student within a supportive learning environment. When a student is removed completely from the school a wonderful learning opportunity is potentially lost. So what constitutes an effective in-school suspension program? The answer to this question varies from school to school, but the foundation of successful programs remains constant. Neil Blomberg is a member of the Department of Education and Human Services at University of Villanova. He believes an in-school … [Read More...]

What is the Purpose of a “Grade”?

This post stems from much thought I have been giving to the climate of assessment that seems to be present within each school for which I have worked, and most likely at a fair number of schools across the globe for which I have not. It seems as though the professionals at these schools have been debating the same issues for many many years. Presently I seem to be having a deja vu moment as heated discussions are being had and controversial opinions are being shared, and perhaps picked apart. The most controversial philosophies being dissected include not giving zeroes for missing work, taking behaviour out of the grade, and not reducing the grade for assignments submitted late. Here are … [Read More...]

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  • A Collection of Tales from the Road: #4 Austria March 25, 2019
    Austria was the second country of nine cycled across in six days during the world record attempt called ‘9in9’.  Here’s a newspaper article about it. I remember whizzing down sunny mountain valleys from a high lake at the border with Italy, north and then … Continue reading →
    Matthew and Niamh
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  • Who wins your #AppMadnessChallenge bracket? March 24, 2019
    I wanted to try something a little different today… I was recently at a New York Knicks game, and they had a cool video during an intermission break.  “App Madness” was an ode to the “March Madness” basketball tournament and one of the New York Knicks’ players listed their top 8 apps used and which ... [Read more...]
    George
  • 3 Questions to Help Leverage Barriers in Education March 21, 2019
    You want to try something new in your school or classroom and it seems hard to make your vision into a reality.  Here are a few quick questions that might help you through the process. Is this opportunity best for the learners you serve? This question is meant to “centre” the focus of what we ... [Read more...]
    George

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  • Schools Blocking YouTube and Digital Citizenship March 23, 2019
    Content filtering in schools has always been contentious since students and teachers first gained access to the World Wide Web and the Internet in the 1990s. Today in 2019, however, many people might be surprised that “draconian content filtering policies” (at least in the opinion of this author) are still in place in some [...]
    Wesley Fryer
  • Adult Identity and the “I Can’t Use Technology Well” Introduction March 21, 2019
    Last Friday evening before turning in for the night, I shared a six part, threaded series of thoughts on Twitter based on frequent conversations I have with technology-fearful adults. Before reflecting a bit more on these ideas, as well as sharing some of the responses these tweets invited from others, I’ll share this series [...]
    Wesley Fryer

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  • Setting Up Effective Group Work
    Truly collaborative group work is complex and messy, so we have a few tips and tools to get students working interdependently.
    Jeff Knutson
  • Framing Difficult Feedback for Parents
    A strategy teachers can use to turn parents into partners when discussing difficult situations involving their kids.
    Joe Hirsch
  • Extending the Silence
    Giving students several seconds to think after asking a question—and up to two minutes for some questions—improves their learning.
    John McCarthy

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell