On this month’s podcast, I sit down with Liz Gallo, the founder of WhyMaker. WhyMaker helps schools implement design thinking, a method that helps groups discover and develop potential solutions for complex problems.
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There are four components to the Circle of Courage: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. Each of these areas provides important values, lessons, and concepts for students.
You never know when or from whom you will find inspiration. Staff members at Orleans Community Schools thought they were coming into another mandatory training session. They had no idea they would see familiar faces who they had spent years trying to inspire. They also did not realize these familiar faces would be the ones doing the inspiring. Read on to see how I achieved a surprising and inspiring staff session.
Before any of that hard work in the classroom can pay off, there is one critically important prerequisite to consider—actually getting students to attend class. That’s why September has been designated National Attendance Awareness Month: to get the word out and help educators and parents make school a place that students want to be.
Making leadership a community-wide effort is key to building a positive school culture that supports every student. But, in order to successfully move toward this kind of leadership and professional development style, establishing a true culture of collaboration is one of the most important prerequisites.
Too often, we are too busy catching up on our additional paperwork and certification or documentation requirements to find time to work together. What if we had the time and opportunity to share our duties and lessen our load?
While you might not see it reported in school accountability reports, it’s not uncommon for teachers to leave the profession because of a negative school culture where they don’t feel supported or valued. We decided to ask our community of readers on our blog their thoughts on what their school culture currently does well and what could be improved.
As humans, we are conditioned to avoid struggle and to help others avoid it as well, so it can be difficult for a teacher to watch a student stick on a problem while the rest of the class moves on. But, cognitively, it’s the struggling student who is developing the most. Here’s how to get more of that struggle into your lessons.