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ASCD EDge – 5 Things Great Principals Do Differently

  • Graduate school provides school leaders with an understanding of school law, leadership theory, curriculum theory, communication with stakeholders, and management.
  • Hattie suggests that principals are engaged in instructional leadership when they have their major focus on creating a learning climate free of disruption, a system of clear teaching objectives, and high teacher expectations for teachers and students (2012, p. 83).
  • As an instructional leader, hundreds of students and families are counting on you to give the school direction and help students grow as lifelong learners.
  • While it is important to focus on curriculum development, assessment, healthy school lunches, exercise, and student safety, some schools could benefit from focusing on how well principals are communicating.
  • There is no such thing as a perfect leader and great principals lead by providing others with leadership opportunities.

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ASCD EDge – 5 Things Great Principals Do Differently

25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement

  • So, students write times tables then often answer a word problem to demonstrate multiplication.
  • Whether its a lesson in associative property of multiplication or distributive property of multiplication over addition, repetition of the ideas creates comfort for students.
  • Students must practice equations and word problems constantly in order to keep their minds focused.
  • The idea is that you allow students to focus on an object or reward to motivate them to create word problems centered on their object of devotion.
  • This will break up the lesson but also give the student and teacher a better idea of whats really being learned.

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25 Tricks To Improve A Boring Lesson For Improved Student Engagement

Create Interactive Agendas with Google Slides

  • As a blended learning coach, I spend time in other teachers classrooms observing, co-teaching and coaching.
  • Instead of writing an agenda on the board or projecting it onto your smart board and guiding students lock-step through the parts of the lesson, teachers can create interactive agendas using Google Slides.
  • Two years ago when I began using Google Slides to create my agenda for each day, I created a template for each of the types of lessons I typically design (e.g., Station Rotation, Whole Group Rotation, Flipped Classroom, etc.).
  • My agendas typically a few of the following elements: – – I workwith teachers who use one slide for each of the activities they plan to cover in a lesson.
  • Shifting from writing my agendas on the board to creating interactive online agendas with Google Slides allowed me to spend less time answering the what do we do…?

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Create Interactive Agendas with Google Slides

The Mental Health Crisis in American Schools

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The Mental Health Crisis in American Schools

Google will soon let teachers lock student Chromebook screens during quizzes

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Google will soon let teachers lock student Chromebook screens during quizzes

Learn how to build AR experiences with Coursera

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Learn how to build AR experiences with Coursera

A Magical Summer Reading List

  • Besides setting up a unit approach via genre, fairy tales match the summer mood, the feeling that the days with no school are magical.
  • Fairy tales, with their consistent structures, can be an invaluable way to help students continue to develop their sense of narrative structure over the summer.
  • Librarian Trish Sabini was already preparing for the librarys summer reading program, and she happened to have a collection of variations on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood on her deskthe books use different cultures, settings, and tones.
  • Have kids draw comparisons across variations of the same fairy tale or between different onesthis will give them a way to keep connecting tales all summer long.
  • Plan a school-wide fairy tale fall celebration: Let kids and their families know there will be a fairy tale celebration in the fall that they can look forward to as a capstone to their summer fairy tale journey.

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A Magical Summer Reading List | Edutopia

Safeguarding Democracy through Education

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Safeguarding Democracy through Education | Blog | Share My Lesson

Hiring an assistant principal? Reading suggestions for new leaders! #cpchat

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Hiring an assistant principal? Reading suggestions for new leaders! #cpchat

Are effect sizes magic? – Filling the pail

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Are effect sizes magic? – Filling the pail