Monthly Archives: December 2013

Day 77 (of 184) talkin’ shop

Day 77 (of 184) talkin’ shop Always difficult at ‘after school socials’ like Christmas parties, end-of-year events, etc. is negotiating the subject of ‘talking shop’. I remember the first time I heard the groan ‘do we HAVE to talk about … Continue reading

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Day 76 (of 184) is education art?

Day 76 (of 184) is Education Art? Don’t answer too quickly. One of my ‘pocketbooks’ (the ones I keep on my iPhone for when I have some spare minutes – such as in between the Christmas concerts at two kids … Continue reading

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Day 75 (of 184) too much innovation?

Day 75 (of 184) Too Much Innovation? I had too much turkey on thanksgiving. But I was still ready for leftovers the next day. What does this have to do with innovation? The challenging thought came via @laurelbeaton who put … Continue reading

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Day 74 (of 184) thoughts on failure

Day 74 (of 184) thoughts on failure Failure is an option. It has to be. There is a professor at MIT who offers a course on failure. He does that, he says, because failure is a far more common practice … Continue reading

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Day 73 (of 184) patience in discipline

Day 73 (of 184) patience A frustrated youth came to my office. After he caused a disturbance in class. Then slammed the classroom door. The teacher had texted the play by play, and I opted to wait to see if … Continue reading

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Day 72 (of 184) report cards. Sigh.

Day 72 (of 184) report cards. Sigh. Why the sigh? In a school where there is enough anxiety that we have made self-regulation a school goal, the periodic reporting of student achievement can be …… nevermind ….. IS a trigger … Continue reading

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Day 71 (of 184) student engagement inquiry begins

Day 71 (of 184) student engagement Today in our school district, a few teachers gathered to talk about inquiry projects around student engagement. It is an interesting conversation – how what and why student engagements in learning is a concern … Continue reading

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