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  • Leading From The Heart » Developing dreams, reaching our highest potential
    1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Developing dreams reaching our highest potential April 28 2007 at 8 09 am filed under Appreciative Inquiry Reform Tagged appreciative inquiry AI s fundamental approach of seeking to discover honor and amplify what works the life giving elements is a system process that works at all levels with individual students one on one student teacher relationships classrooms schools school districts and communities from Leadership at Every Level Appreciative Inquiry in Education by Rich Henry Appreciative Inquiry for me seems so logical simple true and essential that I forget not every knows this I am presently involved in a change process at one of the schools I work with In the past as the principal tells me she found something she liked and was passionate about some new pedagogical twist of the month and tried to impose it on her teaching staff Now she realizes that can never work that what she was actually creating was a climate of insecurity of ever changing focus and that teachers were actually shifting towards complacency with this Our goal with the present initiative is nothing less than to shift paradigms of teaching and to create a community of sharing and ongoing learning that will celebrate diversity What this looks like will emerge as we go because while we have a general vision of where we want to go the details will be filled in by community members teaching and support staff parents students and the board Unlike previous change initiatives the principal is

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  • Leading From The Heart » classroom management taken a step (or 2) too far
    Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults classroom management taken a step or 2 too far April 14 2007 at 8 59 am filed under News Tagged Discipline with Dignity Image Tantrum by Chirag Rathod made available on flickr via a creative commons license Kindergartner Charged With Felony Tantrum slate com A school called the police on a child in kindergarten who was having a temper tantrum The child was arrested and a police report was written I d love to know the rationale behind that or perhaps it is good I don t It is an example of how the end can never justify the means when it comes to teaching children Regardless of the rationale this little child who was obviously already upset spent the day at a police station was handcuffed This again points to our need as a system of education to provide teachers and schools with the support they need to deal with difficult situations And if the support isn t there we need to create it Powered by ScribeFire Google Tracy Rosen 2 comments RSS trackback respond Name Mail will not be published Website Notify me of follow up comments by email Notify me of new posts by email Theresa111 on April 27 2007 at 6 21 pm Why in Heaven s name didn t

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  • Leading From The Heart » Reflective Practice
    yet a cherished class member Not so today When did the students treatment of Matthew erode What brought it on And why had I not noticed Turning my observer s eye upon myself My inner voice said that if I wanted the answers I had to first look at myself Over the years I ve learned that good teaching involves having a willingness to look at your own behavior and ask what part you might be playing in what s going on in your classroom the good and the not so good So the next day I turned my observer s eye upon myself and began to note my own behavior Before Morning Meeting started Matthew was butting his head into Tyler s shoulder Matthew Stop I snapped As students moved from Morning Meeting into math groups I heard myself barking Matthew Sit down now I seemed unable to speak the child s name without an exclamation point behind it I reflected In September I would have redirected Matthew with a gentle hand on his shoulder or a quiet Matt move over here now In September I made sure to welcome him warmly at the beginning of each day Today I did not check in with him before Morning Meeting In September I made it a point to use Matthew s name in positive comments Today I was loudly and frequently calling attention to his awkwardness I realized how very tired I was Tired from the intense energy that the first phase of the school year requires and hungry for the late December week off that marked the first substantial break of the year In addition to this predictable energy dip the effort required to help the intensely needy Matt navigate daily classroom life added to my fatigue As my

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  • Leading From The Heart » nature AND nurture: how our attitudes to learning can affect learning
    2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults nature AND nurture how our attitudes to learning can affect learning March 29 2007 at 7 17 pm filed under Classroom Tagged appreciative inquiry Stressed out parents may also tend to focus their child s attention on negative events the researchers add which leads to a phenomenon called attention bias toward threat making them more likely to see threats in their environment and to focus more intensely on these threats from Genes plus parenting may promote shyness anxiety on CNN March 19 2007 What implications does this have for learning I like to think that the reverse is also true That if a child s adults focus their attention on positive events then

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  • Leading From The Heart » To middle school or not to middle school?
    1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults To middle school or not to middle school March 12 2007 at 6 54 pm filed under News Tagged Differentiated Instruction high school some middle school experts argue that school reconfiguration is a costly distraction from what adolescents really need smaller classes an engaging curriculum personalized attention and well prepared teachers I agree Instead of looking at complicated school reconfigurations I would take a much more grass roots approach No matter where they are children in middle school need classes tailored to their needs as Patrick Montesano stated in the passage I quoted above from Taking Middle Schoolers Out of the Middle By ELISSA GOOTMAN Published January 22 2007 in the New York Times you may need an account to view the article If you don t have one sign up already It s free The article talks about k 8 schools 6 8 schools 6 12 schools I think that looking at structure change is talking around the issue We need to be looking at good solid teaching and administrative practice that is based in research about how middle school students learn Just like any other level should have good solid professional practice based in current research that is specific to them No matter where they are

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  • Leading From The Heart » dreams and connections to the spirit
    Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults dreams and connections to the spirit February 26 2007 at 9 08 pm filed under Reform Tagged appreciative inquiry forest whitaker Image Forest Whitaker from Red Carpet Treatment on Reuters Blogs When I was a kid the only way that I saw movies was from the backseat of my family s car At the drive in And it wasn t my reality to think I would be acting in movies so receiving this honor tonight tells me that it s possible It is possible for a kid from east Texas raised in South Central L A in Carson who believes in his dreams commits himself to them with his heart to touch them and to have them happen Because when I first started acting it was because of my desire to connect to everyone To that thing inside each of us That light that I believe exists in all of us Because acting for me is about believing in that connection and it s a connection so strong it s a connection so deep that we feel it And through our combined belief we can create a new reality found on firstshowing net I thought that Forest Whitaker s speech was powerful In the first paragraph he spoke of the power of dreams and goals to bring us to our best future And I think

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  • Leading From The Heart » Effects of Ritalin…
    1 Sunday Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen

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  • Leading From The Heart » Parent involvement at school
    Synectic 1 Review 2 Motivation 5 Management 1 Storytelling 8 Alternative Schools 2 Learning 11 Change 11 Learning Theory 3 RÉCIT 3 Consulting 4 Appreciative Inquiry 2 boys 1 differentiation 1 Flipped Classroom 2 Evaluation 3 Relationship 11 Blogging 1 Hope 1 Comments James Watts Amen Tracy Rosen Hi Damien and Damien Great points here Tracy Rosen That s right David David Wees Very good point Tracy Rosen Hi Penny and Trackbacks A focus on learning PD Practice learning about Principles of Learning Boiling it down PD Practice all adults Parent involvement at school February 13 2007 at 5 39 am filed under Collaboration News Tagged Community After re reading some of the responses to my posting Parents protest time out cage in classroom I get a sense that the consensus is for a shift towards more parental involvement at school What does this mean More parent led activities Higher attendance at parent teacher interviews A combination of the two Research shows that a connection between school and family is an indicator of student success in terms of academic achievement attendance attitude and continued education from Critical Issue Creating the School Climate and Structures to Support Parent and Family Involvement The USA s National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education includes the following as a result of school and family partnerships in education Students do better in school and in life Parents become empowered Teacher morale improves Schools get better Communities grow stronger According to Eddy Dumoulin a school principal and MELS Quebec Ministry of Education education consultant a child s educational team is composed primarily of teacher principal and parent symposium on special needs 2007 Montreal This makes sense and it seems that this is the direction in which we need to go though when I speak with friends

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