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Who Should Facilitate Professional Learning?

A Principal's Reflections

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?

Announcing the Jeffco 11 educational leadership blog

Dangerously Irrelevant

Our 11th University of Colorado Denver principal licensure cohort for the Jeffco Public Schools is 31 students strong! We’re off to an amazing start. Starting this week, we are sharing resources and blogging about educational leadership issues in addition to our class sessions.

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10 Ways Data Can Sabotage Your Teaching

TeachThought - Learn better.

10 Ways Data Can Sabotage Your Teaching by Terry Heick For professional development around developing data and assessment, contact us today. Functionally, the purpose of assessment is to provide data to revise planned instruction. In seeing what a student understands, the best path for moving forward towards mastery can be planned based on those results—the “data,” […]. The post 10 Ways Data Can Sabotage Your Teaching appeared first on TeachThought.

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The Real Way to Avoid Hearing from the Same 26 Facebook Friends

The Innovative Educator

Innovative educators are generally good fact checkers and don't fall for chain social posts like the one making its rounds about seeing the same 26 people on Facebook. They know to verify and that even a basic search on The Google will help you find out if what you are reading is fact or fake.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

The Importance of Curiosity and Challenge in Education

The Principal of Change

In the book, “The Power of Why” by Amanda Lang , two quotes on the importance of curiosity in education had stuck out to me: In an educational system in which productivity is measured by hours logged per task, number of worksheets completed and scores on standardized tests, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to prompt kids to ask more questions unless the questions are about what’s going to be on the test. In many classrooms, stopping to encourage and mull over questions that aren’t procedural or directly related to the material at hand is viewed as wasting time. It’s no big surprise then that most kids come to school bursting with questions, but exit, a dozen or so years later, asking very few. Curiosity declines from one grade to the next, and the reason isn’t that kids’ thirst for knowledge has been satiated and they now know everything they want or need to know. Here is something I have been thinking about…Whether “school” is the direct reason why kids lose curiosity over time shouldn’t matter. What should matter is that school should become a place where curiosity is developed in individuals no matter what factors have led to its decline. And then this: So instead of learning how to learn, many kids are learning how to be good at going to school. The straight-A student is, in virtually every educational setting, the one who has figured out what the teacher wants and how to deliver it. I am not sure that I agree with the idea that the straight-A student” is always the one that appeases their teachers, but I know that all students should feel challenged to grow as learners. I had an interesting conversation with a student recently and they had acknowledged how “school” came naturally to them and when they first faced adversity, they had buckled under the pressure because they were not used to feeling challenged. Resiliency is developed through challenge, not comfort. Curiosity is often what leads to challenge. We often ask questions about the things we don’t (but want to) know and finding those answers to those questions is part of what leads to growth within education and after as well. July 29, 2018 3 Important Factors in Asking Better Questions July 6, 2016 “…many kids are learning how to be good at going to school.” #InnovatorsMindset July 8, 2016 Curious about…? July 24, 2016 11 Books To Further an #InnovatorsMindset November 19, 2015 “Systems Thinking” and “Systems Doing” Embodying Visionary Leadership Leading a Learning Community amanda lang developing resiliency the importance of curiosity in education the power of why william arthur ward

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Ideas to Integrate Poetry Throughout the Year


Megan Kelly always intends to integrate poetry across her units, but somehow ends up scrambling each year as National Poetry Month approaches. This fall she has a list of activities to hold herself accountable. Try some of her ideas in your own ELA, history, science or math classes.

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Ask me anything: Quick answers to 12 teacher questions

The Cornerstone for Teachers

This week on the Truth for Teachers podcast: I’m answering 12 teacher questions and dishing out advice on time management, classroom management, and more just in time for back-to-school season.

Pre-designed Formative Assessment Templates for Teachers (Google Slides)

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In yesterday’s post we talked about Flipgrid and explained how you can use it to formatively assess students using video-based activities. Today, we are sharing with you another excellent tool more

Back To School with Bitmoji

The Daring Librarian

I swear to you dear reader, I am NOT a paid spokesperson for Bitmoji! In fact, they haven't even answered, commented, acknowledged, or even liked ANY of my Tweets or Instagram where I've mentioned them. I am just a total fangirl. A lonely little neglected ignored (by them!) fangirl.

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.

9 Important Academic Writing Textbooks for Research Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The theme of this week’s book collection is academic writing and to this end I curated for you this useful list. I am principally addressing research students and academics but the insights and more