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How to Prevent Failure

[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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The Four Disciplines of Buildership

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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Why Remediation is Keeping Your Students Behind

I remember a few years ago, I started the school year frustrated. You see, the year before, I had really struggled to keep some of my students from failing. Admittedly, a lot of it was their fault – they weren’t doing their homework, they barely studied for tests, they didn’t turn in major papers. Some […]

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5 Books You Should be Reading This Summer 2017 Edition

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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Are You a Boss, Leader, or Builder?

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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My New Word

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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What’s your word?

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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Why We Do What We Do

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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Ten Questions To Help You Reflect On Your Practice This Year

When I was a teacher, I remember vividly those last few weeks before school let out. Exams, graduations, end of the year parties, packing up my classroom, then, finally, the last day of school! I remember looking forward to sleeping in a couple of days, before starting school or my summer job. Ahhhhh. Summer. When I […]

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Do You

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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