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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RSS From My Flipboard Magazine – Leadership in Education

  • 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 …
    Inc. Magazine
  • 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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RSS TieOnline Blog

  • Do we live here, or are we vacationing? May 28, 2018
    The reality of being an expat is that your family and friends back home usually assume you live some kind of art-film existence in which you travel constantly, never work, have poetic interactions in another language with strangers, and stay … Continue reading →
    Allison Poirot
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RSS The Principal of Change

  • The Push and Pull of Leadership May 27, 2018
    Ugh…I love this quote so much from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“: Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation. It’s not what they’re not doing or should be doing that’s the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to the situation and what you should be doing. If you ... [Read more...]
    George
  • 4 Reflection Questions for the End of the School Year May 25, 2018
    Recently, I wrote the post “3 Reminders for the End of the School Year“, and asked for suggestions from readers. Joann Merrick sent me the following thoughts via email: Some thoughts about the end of the year… To me this is a time to reflect…Whatever your position in education, think about your successes and areas ... [Read more...]
    George

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RSS Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Podcast461: Instructional Coaching, Middle School French Class and Explain Everything for iPad May 14, 2018
    Welcome to episode 461 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer, from March 18, 2018. This podcast features an introductory overview about instructional coaching and technology integration coaching specifically, drawing on the author’s experiences in this role with teachers since the late 1990s. In addition to defining instructional coaching, key […]
    Wesley Fryer
  • Excellent Videos on Hawaii Volcanos to Share with Students May 13, 2018
    I love YouTube and specifically having YouTube on our family AppleTV. Last night I discovered a series of excellent videos on YouTube about the recent spike in volcanic activity in Hawaii on the Big Island on YouTube, and I’ll share three of the best ones. Since Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park closed on Friday (May [...]
    Wesley Fryer

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RSS Edutopia RSS

  • 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