Leadership in Education

By Brett Petrillo | Leading the discussion around education.

To Be an Exceptional Boss, Here Are 11 Things You Must Give Your Employees

No, the list doesn't include great pay and benefits. (Shouldn't those be a given?) Great bosses go much further.<p>Think about a boss you truly respected. Think about a leader you truly admired. Think about a leader you not only loved to work for, but <i>with</i>.<p>What sets that person apart from every other …

Leadership

Reimagining School Writing

There is a sad truth about the way that most students learn to write: They become boring writers. To write with clarity and insight involves struggle …

Writing

17 Signs You’re Actually a Micromanager

Do you lead or are you micromanage?<p>If you've ever worked for a micromanager, you know how awful and how it can be. Working with a leader, on the other hand, can be an inspiring and educational experience.<p>Micromanagers have a hard time trusting others to make decisions and rarely allow others to act …

Leadership

If You Think Building Habits Can Help You Reach Goals, This Will Change Your Mind

8 Things to Look For in Today’s Classroom

As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in …

Teaching

Grant Wiggins - Understanding by Design (1 of 2)

Rediscovering Your Fulfillment as a Teacher

Some years ago, my wife, who was a special education coordinator, counseled a very bright young man out of the teaching profession. He was an …

Six Things You Should Know About How Your Brain Learns

Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know …

The Brain

How to make time for innovation

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. The PACE …

Engage Parents as Partners to Close the Digital Divide

When Superintendent Darryl Adams arrived in the Coachella Valley Unified School District in California in 2010, he found himself in a community on …

Three Ways To Become A Learning Machine

I smile whenever I look at my university diploma hanging on the wall, because everything I learned then is no longer relevant now. Does it means that we should stop wasting all this energy, time and money on university? Not really: Rather, as soon as we complete our “formal studies,” we need to …

Leonardo Da Vinci

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest, investigating what interest is, how interest develops, what makes things …

Psychology

The way you're revising may let you down in exams – and here's why

Most people practise the wrong tasks, reveals a psychologist. Take your head out of those textbooks for a few minutes and read his advice<p>Even the most dedicated study plan can be undone by a failure to understand how human memory works. Only when you’re aware of the trap set for us by …

The Brain

How To Deal With Teachers Who Always Complain

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

Knowledge is a curse. Knowing things isn't bad itself, but it causes unhealthy assumptions -- such as forgetting how hard it was to learn those …

Pedagogy

Leading From the Classroom: Suggestions for Teacher Leadership

Master Teacher Guest Blog Series<br>Part 5: Learning Is Social<br>Post 3 of 3<p>Welcome to the final installment of the Master Teacher guest blog series. What …

Networking

Where Relationships & Expectations Intersect

Where Relationships & Expectations Intersect<p>In my role as Principal, I have the distinct privilege of overseeing the supervision of instruction of …

10 Truths Grounded Leaders Tell Themselves Each Day

When no one is around, I can vouch for the fact that leaders do talk to themselves. During those conversations with ourselves, we may be assessing an issue, thinking of a solution or seeing how a response should be best formulated when giving information to make sure it sounds the way it’s meant to …

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do<p>How to be a self-directed learner – finding and using resources (both face-to-face and online) to …

Learning

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Pedagogy

7 Important Qualities Your Next Mentor Needs to Have

For many people, there really is a secret to success. And that secret is a mentor. Here are seven qualities your next mentor needs to have.<p>The word <i>mentor</i> has its roots in Greek mythology, where it was the name of the adviser of the young Telemachus in Homer's <i>Odyssey</i>. Since the mid-18th century, it …

Leadership

How to Make Sure That Project-based Learning is Applied Well in Schools

By Thom MarkhamNow that project-based learning (PBL) is becoming more popular, the doubters and haters also have surfaced. The recent anti-PBL …

Pedagogy

Why Attitude Is More Important Than Intelligence

When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).<p>Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and …

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

There’s sometimes a disconnect between how we talk about leadership qualities (we tend to use words like <i>authority</i>, <i>power</i>, and <i>emotional intelligence</i>) and what we actually require from the people leading teams and other working groups (arguably, competence and a deep knowledge of the specific work …

Leadership

Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought?

Critical Thinking

Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

As you set up your classroom for the new school year, try spending a few minutes in your students' chairs. Are you comfortable? Now look closer: Will …

Why good teachers leave teaching

As another school year comes to a close, there are some early career teachers quietly packing up their desks and walking out the school doors with no …