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  • The root of intrinsic is the Latin intrinsecus, a combination of two words meaning within and alongside. It's likely that our students are intrinsically motivated—just motivated to follow their own interests, not to do what we want them to do. Teachers' challenge is to work alongside our students, to know their interests and goals, and to develop trusting relationships that help students connect their learning to their goals in a way that motivates from within.


    How can teachers do this? It's helpful to consider this question in three parts: What skilled teachers think, what they say, and what they do.

  • What is education for? Is it for pouring facts and formulas into students’ heads, or is it for creating learners?
  • My research shows that an environment that emphasizes evaluation and testing creates a fixed mindset.
  • students believe that high effort advertises low ability

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  • Between adaptive software that can present and assess mastery of content, video games and simulations that can engage kids on a different level, and mobile technologies and online environments that allow learning to happen on demand, we need to fundamentally rethink what we do in the classroom with kids.

  • The economy has changed, probably forever.
     School hasn't.
     School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it's not a goal we need to achieve any longer.
     In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we've been doing, we're going to keep getting what we've been getting.
     Our kids are too important to sacrifice to the status quo.

  • A walk- through evaluation by his supervisor (undisclosed), determined that “ sometimes Socrates’s  students meander through endless dialogues examining challenging questions that do not have one right answer.”    Hopefully, he will be replaced or perhaps go through an intensive summer professional development program in Sparta. 
Feb 28, 12

Gcouros's Bundle of Ed Leadership Blogs on Google Reader

Oct 28, 10

"Please all, and you will please none. Many principals that I know really like to please; they really like to make people happy. Many principals I know fell into a trap at the beginning of their admin career of trying to avoid confrontation and keep people happy. Sounds like a good idea except that it isn’t."

  • ready to transform this underperforming school
  • My initial idea was to implement everything I had tried at former sites and wait for change to occur. So I bombarded staff members with e-mails, articles, piles of data, and guidelines. But this approach only frustrated everyone and reinforced the perception that I was out of touc
  • Superintendent's Urban Principal Initiative

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Feb 26, 10

"To the extent that I've ever been creative, it has usually been because I've had to deal with difficult situations"

  • We like to talk to those with whom we are comfortable with and share our views. It’s very reassuring. But dangerous.
  • basic function of leadership: to make connections.
Feb 03, 10

"Measure the Effectiveness of Your Schools' Leaders
The Vanderbilt Assessment for Leadership in Education (VAL-ED), distributed by Discovery Education, is a researched-based evaluation tool that measures the effectiveness of school leaders by providing a detailed assessment of a principal's perceived performance. Aligned to the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, VAL-ED focuses on learning-centered leadership behaviors that influence teachers, staff, and most importantly, student achievement. It is also a 360° assessment, intended to be taken by not only the principal, but by teachers and the principal’s supervisor, ensuring that the very best feedback is given to principals."

Feb 03, 10

"We all might wish we had Jobs’ creativity and business savvy. The good news is, the ability to innovate is a learnable skill — at least according to three researchers from INSEAD, Brigham Young and Harvard. In their new study, they find that the most innovative leaders possess five key “discovery skills” that distinguish them from their less creative colleagues: "

Jan 28, 10

"Advanced certification will be offered to school principals similar to how national board certification is available to classroom teachers. It’s not an entry level certificate so it will not replace initial administrator credentialing. It will require submission of a comprehensive portfolio demonstrating skills, applications and dispositions—a portfolio that will be scored by highly skilled school administrators using advanced techniques. It’s anticipated that advanced certification will be available to principals in 2012."

Jan 27, 10

"Just because someone looks great in the suit/biz casual/Metallica t-shirt, knows their area of expertise, and communicates like a talk show host doesn't mean they're ready to lead. No, to really lead, someone's got to be strategic. Not Risk-board-game1 strategic in that they know all the buzzwords - that type of strategic makes me drowsy and bored. "

This is a biz article, but learning to glean from non-education sources is a vital skill for innovators.

  • People return to the place where they have proactively been made to feel special
  • Many leadership candidates don't have a strategic mind beyond buzzwords
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