Arguing Against the Constant Buzz

Quiet wisdom is often the best kind. It is the ability to shut out what doesn’t matter, and focus on what is truly important. It is in picking and choosing those things we advocate for, not based upon their current status, but rather on their actual value to ourselves and …

Achieving the Future

Saying that the students are our future is a little bit like saying that we trust gravity to hold us to the earth. Students are our future is the truth, but that in and of itself is not profound. The future will occur and those students will be a part …

The Institutions We Keep

Running a program for one year is something to talk about. Running one for two years is a trend. After three years, even the laggards start to take notice. Doubts fade after four years. And if you are running a program into your fifth year, well then you are an …

Grading is Us

What does a grade mean? Does an “A” look like the same thing from all perspectives? Does it feel like a slap in the face to some and a stunning achievement to others? Does it measure attendance or does it measure understanding? And really, what do we want it to …

Sustained Growth

Piloting something new can be a natural process. We have the capacity to do it all the time within ourselves. Our ability to see something of value out of the world, pursue it and then to build capacity towards being able to use it should be something we do almost …

The Elastic Membership

Project ownership is hard, mostly because it’s hard to own people or their time. I mean, can you really own someone’s tasks or their ideas? At the end of the day, it becomes struggle to own much of anything. And yet we have lots of projects that seemingly need ownership. …

The Holmsian Hat

We wear many hats. We depend on these hats for our perspectives. We wear learning hats, teaching hats, and even hats that help us see out into the future. I know each hat I have ever worn, having broken each one in the best I could before trading it in. …

Seeing the Picture Clearly

The whole picture to little bit hard to see sometimes. There are those of us, though, who see it much better than others. For them, the picture is clear. They have this natural feeling of what should come next and how the pieces fit together. And best of all, they …

The Whom of Leadership

School Leadership is not a singular thing. It is not simply having lines under you on an org chart. It is not just making¬†proclamations or laying out an agenda for others to accomplish. It is not only having more responsibilities or feeling accountable for other’s actions. No, Leadership exists as …

Student Progress

It is unique experience to hear words like Differentiation and Direct Instruction from 14 year olds. There is a strange¬†cognitive¬†dissonance that happens when children are using your “invented” language for their own ends, advocating for themselves in ways that you hadn’t even considered. What do you do when they own …