The “Too Many Good Ideas” Problem

Educators and schools are awash in too many good ideas flowing in at all times and it is hard to be in a position to know what good ideas to choose.   Not every good idea will work in every classroom or school Too many good ideas being implemented will fragment a school program, a faculty and fragments student participating in a course or school, “a … Continue reading The “Too Many Good Ideas” Problem

That Terrible Gamification Problem

An old and very bad idea I had was the gamification of the overland trails and something called the Indian Removal Act. Yes, I made the same mistake 20 years ago and is what John Meehan is selling today in his new book, “EDrenaline Rush.”  Yes, it is actually called Edrenaline Rush and this picture is from his Twitter Profile. And yes, you guessed it, … Continue reading That Terrible Gamification Problem

Set Meaningful Goals With Students

Goals help focus all of this data presented to the student as a way to put it all into action. Most importantly, they can create a perfect opportunity for reflection about their achievements. Now that students have two graphs to reflect on and their own pretest it’s now time for them to make goals based on that information.  Some goal topics that students might chose … Continue reading Set Meaningful Goals With Students

Use of Data with Your Whole Class – Super Effectively

I first clued into the power of what simple data can do to a class my first year teaching. One day I tallied up the scores to a test and wrote onto the whiteboard how many students received an: A, B, C, D, F or below. This suddenly took each section of science I was teaching to near silence. This was uncommon in my class … Continue reading Use of Data with Your Whole Class – Super Effectively

The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Planning

The planning of a quality lesson should include thinking through the components to be discussed and picking an activity. No more than 20 minutes should be used to plan an activity. Once done, you should be able to use a successful lesson plan for many years!  The first step is to pick a skill that you wish to isolate. We will isolate leadership, as it … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Planning

The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Styles

Yes, the way in which you lead a team building activity will make or break the outcomes. So, let’s look at three facilitation styles: Passive, Instructor, and Active. After examining all three, we will focus on the ‘Active Facilitator’ and combine it with the four goals and purposes to create a complete picture of the facilitation.  The Passive Facilitator The passive facilitator will express the … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Styles

Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

Two day for four year of plans. Decent value right? If you need to have a road-map for your school that lasts well into the future and is grounded in a hard self-study, just give yourself two days. School leaders, you all know how hard it is to find two days, but the value of having an extended road-map and deliverables established is so critical. … Continue reading Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years