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Embracing the Learner Mindset

really enjoy bowling as a leisure activity, but I am not that good. What a deceptive sport! It seems like it should be so easy, but it is not. What keeps me coming back? Why don't I just throw in the towel? While these are good questions and as the sport certainly isn't free, and takes up precious time the answers to this question are really important. I found myself reflecting on why I bowl while reading Karen Rinaldi's recent article in The New York Times titled “(It's Great to) Suck at Something”. She describes her obsession with the sport of surfing and I found parallels between her experience and mine with bowling. I've always been interested in picking up new skills like cooking or playing an instrument, but always wondered why? Why does the vulnerability so welcoming? It hit me while reading Karen's piece […]

The 3 “i’s” of an ideal candidate

What would the ideal candidate be like for a position at your school? If you were in charge of interviews, would you look for content experts, relationship builders, or community members? There are so many potential strengths we could look for that it quickly becomes overwhelming. Not having a focus that works for your school for the ideal job candidate can cause discontinuity. This means that in the classrooms drastically different things can be happening because the overarching theme wasn't clear when hiring. Additionally this makes building the school culture much more difficult, or impossible. This post could be a job posting, if followed it could lead to a school filled with successful educators that were on a similar page. An ideal job applicant , in my opinion, would have the following attributes: Be interesting Teachers must be more than the content they teach. Do […]

Don’t believe everything you hear about public schools

There is a lot of hyperbole surrounding public education, much of which is false and misleading. In a recent article on the Huffington Post blog titled “U.S. Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among The Best In The World” writer Steven Singer does an amazing job dissecting this complex topic. The main thing he does throughout the piece is demonstrating how apples to oranges it is to compare schools from different nations to one another. He writes: No school system of this size anywhere in the world exceeds the United States in providing free access to education for everyone. And that, alone, makes us one of the best. This is the crux of debunking the failing schools narrative. While there is certainly much work to be done, there always will, it remains disingenuous to say that schools in the US are categorically failing. I found […]