Tag archives for Challenging the Status Quo

  1. Connected Learning

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    I am a teacher.  I believe that all students can learn.  I also believe that ‘for all students to learn’ we adults have some important thinking to do together. In an attempt to stimulate serious thinking around this the topic of Connected Thinking I pose these questions: Is the role of schooling to deliver content […]

  2. Leadership Styles and Irony . . .

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                Below you will find a link to a chapter from the book: Handbook of organization development  By Thomas G. Cummings, Sage Publications  that looks at a comparison of four general strategies that a leader my employ. Truthfully not all leaders can effectively lead from all four strategies.  Some are ‘tellers’, […]

  3. Thinking Together, Working Together and Playing Together

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    CBS News presents a story that makes a strong case for thinking together, working together and playing together as very good things.  This is a story of Michigan middle school that plan and implemented actions that made a difference for a fellow student and potentially helped many others to see the value of their motives […]

  4. The ‘culture’ of conflict must be changed!

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    When I think about conflict that tends to festers in disagreement I also think about the possibility.  I think about the potential opportunity of working together and finding a way to discover an agreed upon common good.  I know that that many might find my thinking “soft” and “wishful thinking”.  I know that the whole […]

  5. An Alternative to ‘Polishing the Status Quo’

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    The existing state of affairs in the environment, education, healthcare, workers rights, nutrition, transportation, energy or in many other areas leads people to look for change. Focusing on the preferred future rather than just steps away from the current situation has the potential to lead to transformative change.   Further, when a community of people focus […]

  6. Gaining the Skills, Knowledge and Dispositions of Thinking Together: Essential Educational Goals as We Help Our Students Meet Their Futures

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    I believe that getting good at thinking together is an important goal to strive for.   As teachers we need to help our students to develop the skills, dispositions and attitudes helpful to engage in thoughtful, productive conversation. The complexity of the world can lead adults to respond to problems in ways that are almost devoid […]

  7. As School Leaders We Need To Have Intentional Conversation To Increase Our Understanding: Our Perspective Can Be Enhanced By Listening To Others

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    When school leaders think about teachers they may like to think their perspective (the perspective of a school leader)  would be fair and accurate. My experience in understanding how people “think together” suggests that thinking interdependently requires truly seeking first to understand, as Stephen R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People challenges […]

  8. A Snapshot of Where American Technology Education Fits in Globally

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    These are the rankings for the top colleges from around the world that competed in the international Collegiate Programming Contest in 2012. Students from universities from around the world competed for bragging rights and prizes at The 36th Annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals sponsored by IBM on May of 2012. The contest pits […]

  9. How did testing and accountability become the main levers of school reform? ~ Diane Ravitch

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    We all need to stop and think deeply about what we want for all children. I am convinced that the ‘easy answer’ of letting narrow products, “tests”, measure the value of schools to our society is foolhardy!  Further, I am convinced that our society needs to be investing in ways to improve education for all […]

  10. Qualities of Effective Collaborators

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        Appreciate the nature of adult learning Embrace the uniqueness of each adult and interact in ways that sincerely appreciate and connect with the individual Celebrate the fact that your work requires effectively listening to and understanding the individuals you serve so that you can help them identify and connect with their specific growth Respect […]

  11. Questions Bigger Than Answers

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    I believe that the issues we face today regarding the economy, educating our youth, reducing poverty, developing the good health of our citizens and many others issues are complex. I also worry that many of us are looking for simple answers to complex realities. I think our ability to stay engaged with tough questions and […]

  12. More Students Learning at Higher Levels: Leveraging Technology!

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    Do we want to be part of a society where education truly benefits all?  Where education can lead toward upward mobility?  Do we want more students learning at higher levels? How can we as a society dramatically increase the numbers of young people who achieve at high levels in language arts, math, science and social […]

  13. Questions Related to Pursuing the American Dream

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    The following information is current and provides food for thought about the current reality of Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations (which is the title of the report Written by The Pew Charitable Trusts). I am sharing what follows because questions come to my mind as I think about this data. Americans’ relative […]

  14. Appreciative Inquiry: Bulding Capacity

    In our families, at work, in our communities, in the state and/or nation and globally there are issues.  Will have enough food, water, energy, educational opportunities?  Will our family, work place, and the people of our community, state, nation and world be able to be part of positive change?  Can the future be an improvement […]

  15. Leading in Complex Times Requires Adaptation

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    Ron Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky in their book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World (2009, Harvard Business Press) write about adaptive leadership.  Their definition: Adaptive leadership is the practice of mobilizing people to tackle tough challenges and thrive (page 14) sounds like the kind of […]

  16. Here are some resources for studying change and transitions

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    In these times of fast and dramatic change we can all benefit from developing our knowledge and understanding of change and transitions. Below please find a short bibliography on these topics. Intentional personal/professional growth is always a good investment in yourself. Books on Approaching and Effectively Contributing in Times of Change and Transitions Building The Bridge […]

  17. Bully – the movie. I recommend it to all educators and school leaders!

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    Bullying is potentially brutal.  So, when the topic of Bullying is presented in a documentary movie the movie cannot be made without tackling the ugly facts and patterns of this serious issue.  The movie Bully is not a ‘sugar coated’ covering of the topic.  It is a serious movie about a serious topic! My wife […]

  18. America – We Have a Problem: Smart people acting like squirrels!

    What follows is a section of Levinson and Grieder’s book: Following Through:A Revolutionary New Model for Finishing Whatever You Start p. 35 & 36 (2007).  I am fascinated by their example of how a squirrel’s brain is ‘hard wired’ to accomplish certain very specific tasks. Mr. Squirrel collects acorns for the winter because he’s pre-programmed […]

  19. Are schools becoming more engaging as a result of the advancing technologies?

    Over 4 years ago this short video first appeared.  I saw it during that first year and I am showing it now, some four years later with a few questions. Has much changed for school aged learners?  Are there more opportunities for ‘engagement’ with each other by way of technology? Is it common throughout the […]

  20. Here is Imformation for Educators and Leaders to Ponder and I HOPE ACT Upon

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    Are the issues of poverty, the lack of English as a first language and the fact that a student is labeled as a Special Education Student reasons why we, in America have many school systems that are experiencing static or regressive achievement results? Does it matter how educators approach the reality of today’s students? Can […]

  21. Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency

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    As I reflecting upon being in India I am reading and thinking about Gandhi and his contributions to India and to the world. Gandhi talks about the importance of connectedness between and among people.   He says, “Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency.  Man is a social being.  […]

  22. Get The Word Out!!!!

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    Ted-Education’s Channel has begun.  Please watch this short video and share it with your teachers.  This is a resource waiting to be put into action for all learners to benefit. Once you have watched the overview watch any of the 16 example lessons they have posted under the current five categories of: Awesome Nature How […]