Sep 06

The Anatomy of a Good Feedback Conversation

Leadership

You’ve finally found it . . .You see, I often get asked for a script for conducting feedback conversations with teachers.And while I can’t give you a word-by-word script for each feedback conversation you face this year, I can give you a Feedback Conversation Framework that we teach here at Mindsteps.It is pretty failsafe and […]

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Aug 30

That time I gave really bad feedback…

Leadership

I welcomed Laura into my office and offered her a seat at the small conference table across from my desk.I sat down next to her and opened my observation notes. Smiling, I thanked her for coming in and handed her a written summary of the main points I wanted to discuss.One-by-one, I reviewed those points, […]

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Aug 30

How to cut your student failures in half

Struggling Students

Note: This is Part III of a series. Read Part I and Part II We’ve always been taught to wait until students start failing before coming up with an intervention approach. But, if you wait until students begin to fail to intervene, you’re too late.Here’s why:Students who are failing are often in fight, flight, or […]

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Aug 23

The First Discipline of Buildership – Feedback

Leadership

Don’t you hate it when you are giving a teacher feedback and . . .Crickets.No response.Nothing.And what’s worse, you just know that the teacher will ignore your feedback and not make any changes in the classroom.Total.Waste.Of.Time.Well what you might not realize is that there is a reason for that reaction and it’s not what you […]

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Aug 23

How to Prevent Failure

Struggling Students

[This article is Part II of a series: Read Part I: Why Remediation is keeping your students behind here]Previously, I told you about how frustrated I was with remediation and how I realized that the reason that I was so frustrated was because I was focusing on remediation which responds to failure rather than preventing […]

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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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