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
    No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. (Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much further.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 …
    By Jeff Haden
  • 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
    Do you lead or are you micromanage?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 …
    By Lolly Daskal

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RSS TieOnline Blog

  • Pedalgogy in the USA July 5, 2018
    Hello from the US of A! Couldn’t have asked for a better start to the North American leg of our ride around the world. Hosted by our friend (and fellow international teacher) Mark in Chicago who helped us to get … Continue reading →
    Matthew and Niamh
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RSS The Principal of Change

  • The 3 “E’s” of Building a Great School Culture July 19, 2018
    I am writing to learn, not necessarily to share my learning. I am trying to work out these ideas through my writing so any feedback would be appreciated. Within leadership, one of my focuses is to take the complex and try to make it simple. Not “simple” in the delivery and the work, but in ... [Read more...]
    George
  • 3 Thoughts on Innovation in Education Heading into the New School Year July 17, 2018
    The #InnovatorsMindset book study on Instagram just wrapped up, and it was a great learning experience for myself and hopefully, the participants that took their own time (most on a break) to connect, create and model their learning openly. From their creations, I want to share a few thoughts that I have on “innovation in education.” ... [Read more...]
    George

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RSS Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Podcast462: Inspired by Tricia Fuglestad and Make Media Camp Lessons Learned July 15, 2018
    Welcome to Episode 462 of Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcasts, a now-wildly irregular podcast by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, digital literacy and instructional technology. This episode includes two segments. The first is an interview with Megan Thompson (@seeingnewshapes), our elementary art teacher at Ca […]
    Wesley Fryer
  • 8 Months of Android: Lessons Learned (Part 2) June 30, 2018
    In November 2017, I shocked my family and many friends by switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone. It’s been a good experiment, but I’ve been missing iOS and an iPhone for multiple reasons. Later today I’m throwing in the towel and purchasing a used iPhone 6+ for $120 from a relative. If it was possible to purchase a used, high end Android phone fo […]
    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