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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  • To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees | Inc.com
    Think about a boss you truly respected. Think about a leader you truly admired. Think about a leader you not only loved to work for, but with.What sets that person apart from every other boss?Simple. They gave: generously, selflessly, and without expectation of return. They gave because their …
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  • Reimagining School Writing
    New Ways of Understanding the Writing ProcessOthers (such as Nancy Flanagan, Elizabeth Rorschasch [PDF], and Ray Salazar) have thoughtfully written …
  • 17 Signs You’re Actually a Micromanager | Inc.com
    If you've ever worked for a micromanager, you know how awful and how it can be. Working with a leader, on the other hand, can be an inspiring and educational experience.Micromanagers have a hard time trusting others to make decisions and rarely allow others to act independently, while true leaders …
    Inc. Magazine

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  • Education Project: Surprise School Visits in Sumatra April 19, 2018
    It has now been 10 months since Matthew and I left our teaching jobs and although I love the freedom that this career break brings, I sometimes miss the classroom. Sumatra has been quite challenging in some ways but we … Continue reading →
    Matthew and Niamh
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  • Classroom Podcasting / Radio Shows 101 (April 2018) April 24, 2018
    We are continuing an almost weekly “Making Media Monday” series of workshops at our school, and today we focused on creating podcasting / radio shows. I recorded a 9 minute narrated slideshow version of the introduction I shared with our teachers today, and uploaded it to YouTube. The linked slides are [...]
    Wesley Fryer
  • Engaged, Educated and Impressed by the Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. April 18, 2018
    This week my daughter and I had an opportunity to spend several hours at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. Wow were we ever impressed! I can’t wait to go back with other members of our family and spend a LOT more time taking in the exhibits as well as the special [...]
    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