S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 1

This week we will be celebrating teacher appreciation week with reflections and thank you’s!

Part 1 our mini shows to celebrate Teacher Appreciation week comes from Justin as he thanks his daughters teachers, reflects on what it means to be a teacher, and thanks a few teachers who impacted him as he was growing up.

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 2

Our celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week continues!

Part 2 comes from our friend Tyler Tarver.  Tyler is an amazing educator from Arkansas and he showcases one of his strengths that we see in him as a leader/administrator/teacher in this episode: Humor.  The power of humor cannot go unnoticed with our students and staff.  Tyler is a future guest of the podcast and to check out some of the amazing things he is doing in education, check out his website: Tarver Academy.  You will not be disappointed!

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show.

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture

This is a great post from Katrina Schwartz via Mind Shift.

I enjoyed this post because it discusses a real world scenario.  It highlights Adilene Rodriguez who is a senior at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California.  She highlights and talks about her time in high school and how one of her teachers, Jim Clark, educated her on the growth mindset and helped her to grow and believe in herself.

This story is one that could be shared with students all around the world so that they can see the power of the growth mindset.  This is one of my favorite topics in education to discuss so if your interested in more, check out my posts on the growth mindset.

Happy reading!!

Featured image is borrowed from the article.

S01 Episode 04: Teacher Appreciation Week Part 1

This week we will be celebrating teacher appreciation week with reflections and thank you’s!

Part 1 our mini shows to celebrate Teacher Appreciation week comes from Justin as he thanks his daughters teachers, reflects on what it means to be a teacher, and thanks a few teachers who impacted him as he was growing up.

If your interested in sending your personal thank you/refection, please contact us!  We would love to add your recording to the show.

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

In today’s work is there anything more important than giving our students the ability to grow, learn, and be successful in the future?  When you look at mission statements for districts, as I do for my job as I tour the United States, SO many of them talk about digital citizenship, global citizenship, preparing students for success, etc.

Yuhyun Park recently addressed this topic in her post for the World Economic Forum called “8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them”.

Here are the 8 digital skills:

  1. Digital citizen identity
  2. Screen time management
  3. Cyber-bullying management
  4. Cyber-security management
  5. Privacy management
  6. Critical thinking
  7. Digital footprints
  8. Digital empathy

Featured image is borrowed fro the post.

Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post from Lynn Colon via Edsurge!!

George Couros poses a question in the Innovators Mindset: Would you want to be a student in your class?  You can change that to would you want to be a teacher/student in your building?

Beth Houf and Shelley Burgess, in Lead Like a Pirate, talk about how you want to develop your campus to be one that teachers and students run to vs run away from.  (Hear more about this on our podcast: Perspectives in Education)

Well what better way to say YES to George’s question while also getting everyone to want to be a part of our schools than do run them like Disney World!

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality. ” —Walt Disney

 

In her post called “Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World”, Lynn highlights 3 ways to do this:

  1. Focus on customer service
  2. Create magic through tech and relationships
  3. Parents: They are both guests and stakeholders

First Wave of ESSA Plans Gives Early Look at State Priorities

First Wave of ESSA Plans Gives Early Look at State Priorities” is written by Alyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa.  They take time to review how some states recent submissions are providing us a preview into how the ESSA is effecting our states priorities.

ESSA is giving the freedom to each state to find/design it’s own accountability systems.  The goal is to move on from just ranking districts on how they perform in math and reading to a more holistic approach.  Some states have began to implement their own methods recently, Texas being one of them, but they have not been submitted and approved to quality for ESSA.

The 12 states to submit so far are: District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Vermont.

Check out the details here in their post!

What is the experience our students tell others about their time in school?

George Couros poses a great question in one of his recent posts: What is the experience our students tell others about their time in school?

George pulls an excerpt from Jeff Bezos, CE) and founder of Amazon, where he talks about Day 1 vs Day 2 and a “true customer obsession” focus.  It is interesting to read his perspective as he runs, what could be, one of the most popular brands in the country.

He then turns and asks how it can relate to education.  I love the “obsessive customer focus” that Bezo’s references because this is something that we all need to think about.  Our community (parents and students) are our customers and we HAVE to always have their best interest at heart.  Often, as teachers/administrators, we find ourselves more worried about what would be or what is best for us while we let the kids adapt.  That is certainly the wrong approach.  We have to be willing to put ourselves out, try new things, and go above and beyond to make our students happy and successful.

George often talk about, and asks again in this post, “Would you want to be a learner in your own classroom?”

So take a few minutes to read Georges post and then as your self that question.  If the answer is no then what can you do tomorrow, Day 1, to make those changes and then avoid Day 2?

Leadership…The Biggest Issue in Education?

The featured image is borrowed from jimmycasas.com

This is a really power piece written by Jimmy Casas where he discusses “Leadership…The Biggest Issue in Education?”.

Jimmy talks about how he frequently poses a question to the audience: “What do you believe to be the biggest issue facing us today in public education that is resulting in many of our schools to be labeled as low performing?

He lists those most commonly heard responses and I want you to take a second to do the same.

He talks about how those are all valid responses but in the end, it all comes down to leadership.  I could not agree more with him.  You probably thought of standardized testing, poverty, lack of resources, state rules, etc. but through all of those, if you have a strong leader guiding the school, you will be successful.

Think about this.

How many of our have worked for a great leader?  Do you feel like you dwell on the shortcomings of education when you are being led effectively?

Conversely think of a bad leader that you have worked for.  Did the shortcomings of education then impact your growth, abilities, etc?

For me the answer is clear which is why I loved this post so much.  When I worked under strong leadership there was always a sense of love, trust, and empowerment in the building.  Teachers felt good about being there and students felt loved, respected, and heard.  I did not get caught up dwelling on the issues surrounding education because I was confident in my leader and felt that my leader was confident in me.

Working for poor leaders brings a sense of anxiety that is easily felt and seen.  You are worried about your job, meeting test scores, your next teacher review, etc because you do not believe in or feel supported by your leader.  You do not feel safe and comfortable.  If you are feeling this way, what do you think the students are feeling?  They certainly are aware of this and can feel it as well.

Leadership is crucial and I believe, the key to a successful classroom, school, and district.  I agree with Jimmy that it is a major weakness in education today because far too many are not leading effectively.  What do you think?

S01 Episode 03: Lead Like a Pirate with Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf

Episode 3: Lead Like a Pirate

Our guests for episode 3 were Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf.

Shelley has served as an award-winning teacher, principal, Director of Student Achievement, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Leadership. Her highly respected work focuses on building leadership capacity through coaching, collaboration, and building a positive culture of change which leads to dramatic improvements in teaching and learning. She now works as a full-time partner in Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. and is the co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators and Lead Like a Pirate.

Beth is a middle school principal passionate about innovative and transformational leadership to maximize school culture and student and staff learning. Beth is an eMINTS (enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) trained educator. She is a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leadership Academy, providing monthly professional development to state educational leaders through the integration of 21st century learning skills.  Beth is also passionate about developing schools that encourage high levels of learning and empowerment for all… schools where students and staff are running to get in, not out!  She is the co-author of Lead Like a Pirate.

In this episode we discuss:

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