Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Teacher Leadership Presentation - Take 2

I love the Education Week Teacher article "5 Tell-Tale Signs You're Becoming a Teacher Leader" by Marsha Ratzel. It follows up nicely on my previous Teacher Leadership post from February 25.

Here are the first two signs Ratzel lists, but do read the full article:

#1 You wish you had an impact beyond your classroom

#2 Colleagues often ask you for advice

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Teacher Educational Leadership

I believe that our teachers are of the most important leaders in our schools—not the principals, heads of school, department chairs, deans, . . .

As a member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Experienced Teachers Institute staff, I had the privilege of working with 36 experienced teachers at the annual 3-day residential workshop. Here are the slides of my leadership presentation to them:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More on Importance of Kid Self-Control

"In any culture, the development of self-control is crucial. This ability, which depends on the prefrontal cortex, provides the basis for mental flexibility, social skills and discipline. It predicts success in education, career and marriage. Indeed, childhood self-control is twice as important as intelligence in predicting academic achievement." Read more from this excellent NYTimes article, "Building Self-Control, The American Way."

Also, click on a related previous blog post
"Marshmallow Test."

Friday, February 17, 2012


During my years of teaching algebra to middle schoolers, I was often asked, "Why do we have to learn algebra?" Knowing that it is the perfect subject to help students work their way from the concrete to the abstract, I would respond with, "It's a way to help you think differently than you do now."

Here is an excellent 4-minute interview between NPR's Scott Simon and math guy Keith Devlin discussing algebra.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings, . . .

Going to too many meetings lately? Well, check out Read This Before Our Next Meeting: The Modern Meeting Standard for Successful Organizations. You can read it in a couple of hours, and it will "revolutionize" your way of planning (and sitting through) meetings.

Also, listen to this EdTechTalk podcast interview with the author.

You might also consider reading Patrick Lencioni's take on meetings by reading his excellent book Death By Meeting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Black History Month

Check out this short "Who Knew?" video on Black History Month. Be sure to share it with your kids.

Friday, February 3, 2012

9 Things Successful People Do Differently

Here are the first three
  1. 1. Get specific
  2. 2. Seize the moment to act on your goals
  3. 3. Know exactly how far you have left to go
Click on this Harvard Business Review article by Heidi Grant Halvorson to read the other six and her excellent advice.