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. […]

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 […]

4 Reasons for the Decline of Creativity

There seems to be the well-founded belief now a days that creativity among our youth is on the decline. For the most part, reasons attributed to this decline vary, but popular opinion suggests that it’s the direct result of standardized testing and the expectation among some that teachers teach to these tests. I see a […]

The International Education Chat Forum #IntEdchat on Twitter!

Originally posted on Principal of Thought:
International educators have unique concerns and issues when it comes to education. Connect with other global-minded professionals in the field of education. Moderated Discussion Every Wednesday 6:00pm Beijing time and 6:00pm Central European time. Topics to be discussed include (but are not limited to)… Curriculum Leadership Support Technology Relocation Job Fairs Culture Pro-D Best…

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 […]

When teachers are the bully’s target – Schools of Thought – CNN.com Blogs

By Stephanie Goldberg, CNN (CNN) – Several years ago, Brendesha Tynes was taken aback when she received an e-mail from one of her former students. The note directed her to a Facebook event for an all-night bar crawl – an event with which Tynes, an assistant professor at the time, had nothing to do. But it featured an offensive image […]

Telling Your School Goodbye

Telling Your School Goodbye Breaking the news that you’re planning on going recruiting should elicit supportive responses from your school admin. Most likely they’ll wish you luck and ask which schools or locations you’ve set your sights on, effective Directors are happy to help you in any way they can. Many schools even provide paid leave-days […]

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