Tag archives for Focusing on Growth

  1. The Complexity of Thinking Together: The Emotional Challenges of the Socail Brain

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    I might not know; I have to think in public; I might be wrong; I might be judged by others . . . Thinking with others does not necessarily come easy for any of us.  We may want to think well with others and at the same time we may look at thinking well together […]

  2. “You as a leader” . . . Questions to ask yourself . . .

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    This is not a complete list. Hopefully it has questions that will get you thinking about your current or future potential leadership service.   What are your dispositions as a leader? Do you see yourself as someone who can think interdependently? Do you see a need for and/or a value in – intentionally growing and […]

  3. 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 […]

  4. Contributing to the Conversation of Teaching, Learning, and Interdependent Thinking

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    I have had the good fortune to both write the foreword  and contribute a chapter for this Teachers College Press book. The Foreword focuses on the value of “thinking together”.  The chapter I wrote is titled: “Creating and Influencing Momentum: The Challenges and Power of Adults Thinking Interdependently”. Additionally, I work with Patricia Reeves with […]

  5. The Value of Ignorance

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    Stuart Firestein, the author of Ignorance: How It Drives Science uses the word ignorance, at least in part, to be intentionally provocative.  But let’s take a moment to define the kind of ignorance that Firestein is referring to it, because ignorance as many bad connotations, especially in common usage, and he doesn’t mean any of […]

  6. Educators will face conflict – How we meet it matters!!!!

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    Conflict can lead to positive shared conclusions.  Today’s post has words like: ‘war’ and ‘violence’ in it because those words are those words are the words of the author I am quoting.  They conjure up ‘jarring’ concepts.  Conflict is ‘jarring’.  Conflict is present in around the work of schools.  School leaders can hope the disagreements […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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 […]

  9. 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 […]

  10. Reflecting on the Best Book I read in 2011 – That Used To Be Us

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    That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind In The World It Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas L. Frieman and Michael Mandelbaum (2011) was the book that made the biggest impression on me this year. I see this book to be an honest analysis of the America we are living […]

  11. A Sputnik* Moment

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    Many Americans are unaware of the young minds around the globe who are competing and will complete with American graduates.  As Americans and as educators 0 globalization and technology expertise can not be taken lightly! 1  Zhejiang University 2  University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 3  Tsinghua University 4  St. Petersburg State University 5  Nizhny Novgorod State University 6  Saratov State […]