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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  • The Story You Don’t Know December 9, 2018
    So I had a really interesting experience the other day that I wanted to share. This experience inspired me to make a point of reaching out to people, and connecting with others, even people that I don’t necessarily know that … Continue reading →
    Daniel Kerr
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  • Focusing on Individual Moments and Recognition of Staff December 16, 2018
    The best administrators I have ever worked for were always great with emotional intelligence, yet not always stellar on “policy.”  The former matters more than the latter because policies don’t matter if the culture in the building is subpar. Giving people the ownership and helping them find their purpose of moving things forward is much better ... [Read mor […]
    George
  • Removing the Obstacles in Education so Innovation and Academics Can Flourish December 13, 2018
    Many administrators expect teachers to “innovate” and create better experiences for our students that go “beyond the test.”  I think the expectation is great when the action of the administrator corresponds.  For example, if you say “relationships matter” and we “need to tell our stories” but the majority of the communication that goes out to ... [Read more. […]
    George

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  • Chromebook and Home Computer Advice for Parents (Dec 2018) December 5, 2018
    As a school director of technology as well as a known "tech geek" at other places we frequent like our church, I'm often asked for advice about purchasing computers for kids at holiday time. I'm also frequently asked about Internet filtering, Internet safety, and topics falling under the general topic of "digital citizenship."
    Wesley Fryer
  • Help Students Use Icons and Photos in Narrated Slideshows November 11, 2018
    My wife (@sfryer) is starting a narrated slideshow media project tomorrow with her third graders. About a week ago, all the third graders at our school went on a field trip to a local kitchen where they prepared soup for the homeless in our community. This was part of a service [...]
    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