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
    There is a sad truth about the way that most students learn to write: They become boring writers. To write with clarity and insight involves struggle …
    Joshua Block
  • 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

  • Education Project: Back to School – Briefly February 20, 2018
    Follow our bicycle journey around the world at www.pedalgogy.net or on Facebook. One of our aims while cycling around the world is to visit schools along the way and to engage students in workshops in order to develop our educational project: www.tedweb.org.   We had … Continue reading →
    Matthew and Niamh
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RSS The Principal of Change

  • Always Err on the Side of Positive February 18, 2018
    From the beginning of my teaching career, I remember trying to go out during recess and playing basketball with kids, because I was passionate about the sport, and that meant something to the students.  Not only did this boost my confidence as I grew older that I could still score on 12-year-olds on the playground, it was ... [Read more...]
    George
  • Why Schools Should Focus More on “Innovation” Than “EdTech” February 15, 2018
    I received an excellent message from a friend of mine that I have made over the past couple of years, Donna DeSiato. Donna is the superintendent of East Syracuse Minoa School District, which I have been lucky enough to speak to over the past two years on the topic of innovation in education. I have written about ... [Read more...]
    George

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RSS Moving at the Speed of Creativity

  • Learning About Wellness from David Mochel February 20, 2018
    Today was our February professional development day at school, and David Mochel (@ApplyAttention) was our presenter on”Mindful Self-Regulation – The Practice of Wellbeing & Lifelong Learning.” David’s TEDx talk from 2016, “What Are You Practicing Right Now?” is excellent and overlapped quite a bit with messages he shared with our faculty and staff [...] […]
    Wesley Fryer
  • Podcast459: Highlights from OETC 2018 February 18, 2018
    This podcast features three different recordings from the 2018 Ohio Educational Technology Conference, which was held in Columbus, Ohio, February 12-14, 2018. The first is an interview with high school students who have learned how to create interactive games using Scratch software. They also have created DIY game controllers using the MakeyMakey and supplie […]
    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