John Switzer

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Gold - The Circle of Life The reason I think this is probably my strongest elephant shot is that I still get emotional when I see it in print - 3 years after I took it. It maybe a day after #WorldElephantDay, but elephants don't know that and it's tomorrow that matters more. https://t.co/Otu7rc6sbd

If You Aspire to Be a Great Leader, Be Present

Some years ago, we worked with a director of a multinational pharma company who’d been receiving poor grades for engagement and leadership effectiveness. Although he tried to change, nothing seemed to work. As his frustration grew, he started tracking the time he spent with each of his direct …

Tim Don

While cycling in Kona, Hawaii as part of his final prep for IRONMAN, Tim Don was hit by a truck. Scans showed Tim had broken his neck. It was the end …

Interests-to-Internships: When Students Take the Lead in Learning

"As a young person approaches adulthood they should spend more time out in the real world,” said Greg Cluster, MetWest’s internship coordinator and …

Education

How Being Part of a ‘House’ Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging

Sept. 30, 2016 was a big day for Lake Canyon Elementary. Students, teachers, and staff arrived at the Galt, California, school wearing white shirts …

8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

1. Make a Top 10 List<p>Dave Burgess suggested having kids make their Top 10 list of what they had learned during the school year. (Think David …

Making Meetings Work

3 Conversation Shifts in Education

In March of 2015, I wrote the post, “3 Important Shifts in Education“, and focused on moving these three conversations:• <b>“Digital Citizenship” to</b> …

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Leader

I was recently asked by a superintendent if I had some questions to ask his principals to start off the year. The questions I gave him were based on …

Coaching Over Managing: Motivate Your Team

A manager points out mistakes, but a coach shows how to prevent those mistakes in the future.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To be an effective leader, you need to understand the difference between coaching and managing your team. A coach takes on a much more dynamic …

Leadership

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

The oldest profession — teaching — is no longer attractive. The Queensland Deans of Education have revealed there have been alarming drops in first …

Education

Heart attacks of the mega-fit: how safe is extreme sport?

Indeed the Mercer family, still reeling from the abrupt passing of a son, brother, husband and dad – and in no way ready to speak about the tragedy …

The Death of Death by Meeting #IMMOOC #LCInnovation — Hacked Leadership

We’ve all been there. Sadly. Staff meetings get a bad rep. Often, central office meetings get a bad rep. Sometimes, PLC meetings get a bad rep, and I …

Staging Change

With its emphasis on perspective-taking, public speaking, and exploring difficult themes, theater is a valuable medium for teaching kids about social …

Teaching

One teacher's brilliant idea to stop school shootings has nothing to do with guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase's class for 
tutoring. I'd e-mailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home 
is math—but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She 
e-mailed right back and said, "No problem! I can tutor Chase …

Teaching

How a P.E. Department Designed a Compassion-Based Curriculum

<b>Five years ago,</b> the physical education department in Wellsville Secondary School, in Wellsville, New York, confronted a problem that plagues many …

Teaching

27 tips to be a better public speaker

For many, public speaking is right up there with dying on the list of things people hate or fear most. But at some point in your professional life, …

Which of these habits is keeping you from being a great communicator?

<i>Sacha Vega/iStock</i><p>Yes, we all do these things, but they can suck the life from your conversations, says sound consultant Julian Treasure. Read this …

Self-help

No school until age seven: Finland's education lessons for the future

This Arctic Circle community might be the official home of Santa Claus, but according to Rovaniemi City Council’s Chairman, the best gift children in …

Education

An Animated Introduction to Ludwig Wittgenstein & His Philosophical Insights on the Problems of Human Communication

In the recorded history of philosophy, there may be no sharper a mind than Ludwig Wittgenstein. A bête noire, enfant terrible, and all other such …

Philosophy

10 Incredible Typography Artists You Should Know

Typography is everywhere. It’s found on street signs, in the subway, on posters, in magazines, and of course, the Internet. It may sound a little invasive, but most typefaces you see around you have been carefully designed with an aim to express a specific feeling, brand identity, or to help …

Typography

I interview interesting people for Vox. Here are the 5 coolest conversations I had in 2017.

My job at Vox is to talk to interesting people.<p>As we approach the end of 2017, I wanted to look back and highlight the five conversations that really stuck out to me: the ones that challenged me the most, that got me thinking about a difficult problem or provocative idea.<p>Most of them are serious, …

Creating A Mindful Life In A Distracted World

Our eye is intently focused on the finish line, while life is happening now. This “now” is flying by at lightning speed.<p>Most of us are taught, from a …

‘What Are We Going to Do About Tyler?’

Ask a behavioural economist: Is it better to give cash or gift cards?

<b>Q: What makes the best last-minute gift: cash, a gift card or something else?</b><p>It's that time of year when many of us have a long list of gifts to purchase (yay, holiday season!) and a short list of great gift ideas (ugh, shopping). We always try to be thoughtful and unique in our gift-giving but in …

Virtual snowman created by cyclist using app on London streets

<b>A cyclist has "drawn" an 88-mile (141km) virtual snowman across London.</b><p>Anthony Hoyte, from Cheltenham, spent 10 hours cycling the streets of the city, using the exercise and route sharing app Strava to "draw" the giant festive artwork.<p>The cyclist has created several virtual doodles including Fowl …

Cycling

The Importance of Arts Education

Anyone entering EAB’s auditorium on Friday morning was greeted by a resounding rush of energy and exhilaration, generated by students singing and …

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super …