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. […]

A Repair Kit for Grading? Looking to Ken O’Connor for Inspiration

Each and every year my school takes it upon itself to focus on one particular concept that will make the school a better place for students. For example, last year our focus was on implementing the “Tuning Protocol” to make our units of instruction better. This year we have decided to focus on assessment. As […]

The Many Faces of Leadership

This first couple weeks of school I have really wanted to be as visible as possible, to both students and faculty. This means not only am I present during all student passing times and lunch periods, I’m also trying to pop into as many classes as possible. Doing this helps me understand interactions between all […]

How Sharing Other People’s Content Makes You an Irresistible Job Candidate

When it comes to standing out online, your best bet is to offer your own original content. Blog posts or tweets that revolve around your unique ideas will make you a standout candidate. But the truth is, not everyone has the time, writing ability or even confidence to grow a quality blog or social media […]

Flat Connections and Global Educators  – Sandbox Negotiations

Thanks to Julie Lindsay and my Flat Connections colleagues across the country and globe, I am now a certified Global Educator. I joined the Flat Connections Global Educator course because I wanted to find a space where I could grow past my own understandings of how we learn and form a network of innovative educators […]

21st Century Icebreakers: 13 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children Is Valuable

By Holly Korbey Educator and author Jessica Lahey reads Shakespeare and Dickens aloud to her seventh- and eighth-graders, complete with all the voices. Her students love being read to, and sometimes get so carried away with the story, she allows them to lie on the floor and close their eyes just to listen and enjoy it. Lahey reads […]

Connect the Dots of Thinking

One of the tasks I do at one of my sites is assist middle- and junior-high  students with critical thinking/character building activities. Working with 4th through 8th graders, I am constantly amazed at how far too many kids don’t really know “how” to think reflectively. When given a quote to respond to on paper, the […]

Professional Development Opportunities for International School Educators in Europe

The following is a list of upcoming workshops in Europe: The Emerging Culture of Teaching and Learning By  Alan November 22nd – 23rd September, 2012, Luxembourg Price: Euro 575 Our schools are at the beginning of a historic transition from paper as the dominant storage and retrieval media to digital. The traditional technology planning approach […]

Four Steps to Failing Better

Written by: Paul Needham, Instructional Coach and Professional Learning Specialist Every teacher, whether they’re fresh out of TE’s Induction, or a 16-year veteran makes mistakes that impact the environment in their classroom. The trick that successful teachers have learned is how best to learn from these mistakes. In other words, successful educators don’t necessarily fail […]

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“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”

- John Maxwell