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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  • sweet to be home January 20, 2019
    Five months ago, my mother died, and I broke off my engagement with my fiancé. About a month later, I decided to quit international teaching and move back to the US. At the time, my Head of School asked me, … Continue reading →
    Allison Poirot
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  • Finding the Best Ideas Vs. Finding a Winner January 22, 2019
    I fell upon Anatol Rapoport‘s rules of constructive argument and debate and found them compelling: How to compose a successful critical commentary: You should attempt to re-express your target’s position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, “Thanks, I wish I’d thought of putting it that way.” You should list any points of agreement (especia […]
    George
  • As Technology Becomes Easier to Use, Our Depth of Learning Needs to Continue to Increase January 20, 2019
    I am wrestling with some ideas in my head…bear with me as I try to write to learn. If you have an iPhone, do you remember taking out the manual and going over how to use your new device? If you do, you are making up this experience in your head because the iPhone does ... [Read more...]
    George

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RSS Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter January 15, 2019
    Powerful tools can be used, by definition, in BIG ways. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, are globe spanning technological marvels. Unfortunately, these platforms have been used maliciously and abusively in recent years to radicalize politics, fuel genocide, and fracture cultural bonds in c […]
    Wesley Fryer
  • Podcast463: Reflections on The Florida Project Movie January 4, 2019
    Welcome to Episode 463 of the Moving at the Speed of Creativity podcast, a show by Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) focusing on digital creativity, media literacy, digital literacy, digital citizenship, instructional technology integration and engaged learning both inside and outside the classroom. This episode features an interview with Shelly Fryer (@sfryer) [.. […]
    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