A Word I Hate Almost As Much As Rigor

Jan 20

A Word I Hate Almost As Much As Rigor

First off, my distain for the word is no secret. The word suggest authority and hierarchy. I suppose in some institutions that still works but as someone who has spent 25+ years in education and now works for a company that has a relatively flat organization in terms of leadership, this article is problematic is many ways. Whenever I come across something about...

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How to Start Changing Culture Today

Nov 19

How to Start Changing Culture Today

I realize how simplistic this sounds and also that many will read this and nod their head and feel like either they already do this or it’s perhaps a nice, but not necessary component, but I can tell you that in general schools and districts generally suck at this: Gratitude. I’ve been working for Discovery Education for 2 years and am still taken a back...

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We’ve Got a Communication Problem

Nov 09

This week a story emerged out of British Columbia about a school that was banning students in Kindergarten from touching each other. Like many, I tweeted it B.C. school bans kindergarteners from touching each other | CTV British Columbia News http://t.co/iIsIeMIAQD — Dean Shareski (@shareski) November 6, 2013 The usual banter online occurred where most people shook...

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My Back to School Speech

Aug 30

My Back to School Speech

It’s been interesting watching the various ways schools and districts kick off the new year. Some begin in a very low key fashion with staff meetings and prep time. Others start with professional development for large or small groups and some bring together the entire district in a pep rally atmosphere. I’m not sure there’s a right way or a wrong...

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The Greatest Gift

Aug 27

The Greatest Gift

I read recently about an advertising company in Minneapolis that gave their employees 4 months of paid time off. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy More than a bonus or added salary, this gift as you can see and imagine is perhaps more precious. One of the primary benefits of today’s technology is how it can eliminate...

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Professional Development is Not That Complicated

Jun 21

Professional Development is Not That Complicated

As a follow up to my previous post on learning, I’ll add this one to the list of things we’ve made more complicated than it ought to be. In a sense it’s much the same as Professional Development is obviously learning too but perhaps needs to have a little more light shed on it. I was thinking back about 10 years. I attended a three day workshop with...

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