A Principal's Reflections

The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Blended instruction is what the teacher does with technology. Blended learning is where students use tech to have control over path, place, and pace. Eric Sheninger I remember back in 2012 when we began to implement blended learning strategies at my former high school.

12 Leadership Fundamentals

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Leadership is leadership. The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same. What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.

Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

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When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal.

The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place

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There are so many thoughts and ideas as to what learning really looks and feels like. From these conversations, educators form their own perspectives and opinions that best align with the vision, mission, and goals of their classroom, school or district.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There's an App for That!

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As teachers and administrators, grappling with off-task behaviors and distractions when it comes to student phones in the classroom has occurred at some point.

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Blending with Playlists

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In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. Before getting into the specifics of this post, it is important to flesh out each concept to ensure the efficacy of these shifts in pedagogy.

What Learners Really Need

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A great deal has changed since I began writing this blog back in 2009. For starters, my primary device to connect on Twitter was a Blackberry. I didn’t even have a Facebook page until a year later.

The Pivotal Role Movement Plays in Learning

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“ More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.” – Justin Rhodes Spending time in schools as a leadership and learning coach has been some of the most gratifying work I have done.

Meaningful Learning Begins and Ends with the Opportunities We Create

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Learning hasn’t really changed, but the conditions that impact and influence it has.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

Utilizing Augmented Reality as an Impetus for Learning

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Technology continues to make inroads in classrooms across the world at a dizzying pace. This makes complete sense as every learner in our classrooms at this point have known nothing but a digital world.

3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal

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In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom. Planning takes time.

The Skinny on Hashtags

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Upon getting on Twitter in 2009, I was not only baffled about how to use the social media site but also about all the symbols associated with it. There was no apparent rhyme or reason to using these in any messages whether long or short. One of them was the hashtag (#).

Great Leaders Surround Themselves With Smart People

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Leadership is a team sport. It is not about what one person does, but instead the cumulative actions of everyone in an organization.

10 Strategies to Strengthen Instruction and Learning

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When I think back to my training to become a teacher, there were some reasonably consistent norms. These consisted of sound classroom management, listing the learning objectives, and developing a lesson plan.

Why Connect?

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I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). You can read the article HERE.

5 Strategies to Create a Culture of Accountability for Growth

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In a world where ideas are a dime a dozen and shared openly on social media, it is incumbent upon all of us to critically reflect and determine if it is, in fact, a sound strategy.

Cognitive Flexibility: Paving the Way For Learner Success

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A few years back the World Economic Forum came out with an article titled The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Chase Growth, Not Perfection

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Perfection is something many people chase after. Educators are no different, but more on this later. In sports, there are only defined scenarios when perfection can be achieved. A pitcher can deliver a perfect game if he or she gives up no hits or walks and the fielders commit no errors.

Making is in Our DNA

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I have such fond memories of the time I had with both my grandfathers, albeit much too short as one of them was taken from us too soon. Each of them had such a great fondness for the outdoors, which influenced my decision to pursue degrees in marine environmental science and biology.

8 Ways to Overcome Management Fatigue

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As a school administrator, I remember always having the best intentions when it came to instructional leadership. During every summer, my team and I would reflect on the past year and establish a better vision and plan for how we all would collectively work to improve learning.

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

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I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only raised my hand if I was 99.9% sure that I knew the correct answer.

Know Thyself

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“ Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power.” - Lao Tzu Do you know who you are? In one sense most of us respond with a resounding yes.

What Are Your Beliefs?

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What do you believe in professionally? We all possess a particular set of beliefs that are shaped by our respective value system. These impact our work and ultimately determine whether we are successful or not. Mark Lenz provides this great perspective: Beliefs. We all have them.

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

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In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. You don’t have to be a fan of technology, but you do need to understand that it’s a catalyst for some exciting pedagogical changes.

Are You Driven by “What If” or Held Back by “Yeah But”?

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Imagine if only everything went as planned in life. If this was the case, I am not sure that there would be any lengthy discussion on a growth vs. fixed mindset. As we are all acutely aware, even if you diligently take into account many potential variables, things might not still work out.

Preparing Learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Do you like change? If you do, then living in the present is an exhilarating experience. For those who don’t, buckle up as we are only going to see unprecedented innovations at exponential rates involving technology. You can’t run or hide from it.

Are You a Critical Consumer?

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Digital literacy is more important now than it has ever been. The exponential evolution if the Internet and social media tools have allowed for the quick sharing of knowledge, ideas, images, videos, and opinions. The result has been a double-edged sword.

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Backchanneling: The Why, How, and What (Best Tool)

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As I wrote previously, digital tools can support and enhance discussion among learners and adults. As a supplement to traditional discussion strategies technology can serve as a catalyst to increase engagement by getting more people actively involved during lessons.

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Build a Door for Opportunity to Knock On

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“ If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle I love the quote above. It did not resonate with me early in my career as a school administrator, but later became sort of a personal mantra. For years I always looked at the world through a “glass half empty” lens.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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In the past, I have written about my journey from digital nomad and detractor to leader. The catalyst for this transformation came in part from Twitter. My experiences in this social space forced me to take a critical lens to my professional practice as well as that of my staff in my school.

The Art and Science of Leadership

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Leadership is far from a science. Many would even argue that it is more of a form of art. Since effective leadership means different things to different people, I wanted to dive a little deeper into this debate to glean a better understanding as to what great leaders do.

Top Posts of 2018

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Get up and write! Well, this isn’t the saying that I abide by, but making the time to reflect and hammer away at the keyboard is something that I still consistently commit to doing.

Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

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Have you ever paid money to go and watch a professional sporting event, play, or musical? Your answer is probably a resounding yes. If you are like me, then you have gone too many times to count and have lost track. What drives you to spend money and attend these events?

The Case for Coaching Leaders

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Growing up as a child I played numerous sports recreationally and in high school. Upon entering high school I was not the best athlete by any means, but football was one sport where I excelled more than others, and this led to some time playing in college.

Unleashing the True Potential of Video for Learning

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The best job on the planet is that of a parent. I can’t begin to explain how awesome it has been over the years watching my kids grow up and being actively engaged in their lives. Sure, there are some lows along the way, but the highs are what bring so much joy and purpose into our own lives.

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