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The Global Search for Education: Math...

“The focus of a math curriculum shouldn’t just be about making students computationally capable but also fostering an appreciation for the beauty of mathematics.” — Daniel Kunin

Daniel Kunin, a first-year masters student at Stanford University, studies Computational and Mathematical Engineering and is also the...

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More Effective Staff Meetings

Here are several suggestions to have a more effective meeting.

With the use of technology, staff meetings should not be the old “stand and deliver type” but a sharing of new knowledge/ideas, teaching strategies, learning communities, etc. The usefulness of staff meetings should not be determined by a meetings time or format as much as the purpose of and need for the meeting.

Administrators must plan staff meetings carefully. Informational meetings can be waived in favor of e-...

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World Book Day is March 1st - Fun Facts...

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Delegation and Visibility

Visibility is very important in gaining trust and acceptance---key components of a school’s climate. Creating time to be visible in a busy and crowded schedule is not an easy task. Delegation of duties to other staff members is one solution to this problem. It is important to establish a routine that is agreeable to everyone. The following practices will help principals arrange their time to allow more visibility in their school. Many principals try to micromanage, especially new principals...

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Visibility of the Principal: Improving...

The principal as the school leader should be visible: before, during and after school. Attend after school sporting events, concerts, plays, etc. It is easy to see an assistant principal, but everyone wants to see you. As the school leader-- students, staff and parents feel better when the principal is seen in the schools and at different functions. Principals are the key to school climate (J. Hanna). As safety becomes even more of an issue in schools, visibility of the principal becomes...

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Transitioning: Elementary to Middle to...

Often the students are very excited to move from one grade/school to another. As a former middle and high school principal, I found the folks with the biggest concerns often were the parents. In elementary school (at least in the early years) parents are usually very upset with the separation anxiety of their children. Especially if the child is the oldest or the only child. Where I work now, we are a pre-K through 12th grade school and we have the parents of the little ones walk their...

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Teacher Leaders

One of the challenges that face educators is to prepare pre-service teachers with the skills and abilities that are essential for success in the school system. Since this preparation may span several years, it is essential that educators be aware of trends in areas outside the usual responsibilities of teacher.  One of these unfamiliar areas is the change that is emerging is developing teacher leaders.

This change is in response to societal demands that teachers have more input into...

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School Shooting in Florida

Here we go again…another horrific school shooting. This time in Florida (I lived and worked there in education for 30 years). Another wringing of hands, people expressing their outrage, call for prayers and condolences but that does not help these victims and the victims at the next school shooting. And there will be another one. The US has to come to grips with the problem. Too many guns (and the wrong type of guns) in the hands of the wrong people. When will it end?

But since...

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The Global Search For Education: Policy...

“Globalization, the increasing diversity of our populations, the consolidation of the knowledge-based society, and the increase in inequalities, among other factors, are influencing education directly and indirectly.” — Beatriz Pont

How has globalization affected the approach of education systems to policy? What are...

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The Global Search for Education: I...

“The important thing for parents and educators is to focus children on their learning process. When children do well, parents and educators can appreciate their success, but also make sure to tie it to their process—their hard work, good strategies, or good use of resources.” — Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck’s growth...

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A Different, “Looser” Look at Classroom...

I know what you’re thinking when you read this blog title: What? Loosen up? My students are not focusing, not listening, getting out of their seats—I need to tighten up!

But stay with me. I’d like to share a different perspective, one that involves how we view students’ behavior and interactions in the classroom.

Recently, I had the opportunity to travel with a group of student teachers to Costa Rica for a study abroad program. The itinerary included spending time in public...

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