Aug 16

The Four Disciplines of Buildership

Leadership

Leadership is dead.Or at least it is no longer enough to help address the pressing challenges in education today.We need something more.I call that something more Buildership and over the last few posts, I’ve talked about what it is and why it is so important.Now, I want to talk about what it actually takes to […]

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Jun 28

5 Books You Should be Reading This Summer 2017 Edition

Teaching

Every summer we compile a list of 5 interesting books outside of education that we believe every educator should be reading. This year’s list is one of our most eclectic with books from the world of manufacturing, business development, literature, finance, and personal development. Take a look at the list and then add your own […]

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Jun 21

Are You a Boss, Leader, or Builder?

Leadership

Every time someone says that they are doing something “like a boss,” I cringe. Being a boss is the most ineffective form of leadership. It focuses on exercising power and control to get those underneath you to do what you ask them to do. As a boss, you’re constantly pushing folks forward towards your goals. […]

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Building Master Teachers
Jun 14

My New Word

Teaching

In my last post, I talked about how important it is to understand what your word is. Your word is your purpose distilled down to a single word that defines why you do what you do. It’s your own personal why.In years past, my word has been Options and Mastery. But as my role has […]

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Jun 07

What’s your word?

Teaching

Can I be honest about something? I hate most core values exercises. It’s not that they are inherently bad. It’s that they usually render the core values we wish we had or the core values we think we should have. They rarely help us see the core values we actually have.A simpler and ultimately more […]

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May 31

Why We Do What We Do

Teaching

It’s graduation season and every year during this time, I think about Fran. Fran was a student in my junior English class many years ago. She was bright and funny and chatty and sweet, but she was also failing. It wasn’t that she wasn’t working hard. She worked really hard to do well in my […]

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May 17

Do You

Teaching

When I first started teaching, I wanted to be a combination of all the movie and television teachers I’d seen over the years. I wanted to be noble and inspirational like Sidney Poitier in To Sir With Love. I wanted the steely determination of Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver. I wanted the combined toughness […]

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May 10

What Students Want

Teaching

At Mindsteps, we often conduct student focus groups with the schools we serve. We conduct these focus groups to find out if the work we are doing with teachers and administrators is really making a difference where it counts – with the students. Over the years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend in what students tell […]

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