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March 24th, 2017

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The Day I Didn’t Know a Math Standard I Taught. Two weeks ago it happened again.

The Day I Didn’t Know a Math Standard I Taught

The dreaded moment I realized I didn’t understand the standard as well as I thought. It was demoralizing. I didn’t know the standard I was asked to teach my students. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. People Behind our Research: Thomas Guskey. Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Teachers. Of course I've done my best throughout the year.

Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Teachers

I've submitted my lesson plans on time and attended all of the professional and staff development. I've also documented efforts to help struggling students, completed my extra duty assignments, and conducted parent conferences over the phone and in person. I've differentiated lessons for special-needs students. I think I've done a good job. But what does my evaluator think?

The Real Reason Teachers and Leaders are Overwhelmed - A.J. JULIANI. Imagine you’ve been in education for 7, 11, 15 or even 25 years.

The Real Reason Teachers and Leaders are Overwhelmed - A.J. JULIANI

In each of those years, you have grown as a professional, learned new technologies, shifted with the standards, had new initiative after new initiative started in your school, and seen the way you have been evaluated move from observations to data back to observations and data. Over the years you’ve had constant turnover in your administration. New Principals, new Superintendents, new Directors of Curriculum, and many Special Education leaders.

Flipping the Script; 3 Obstacles to Innovation Viewed Differently – The Principal of Change. Arguments against innovative practices abound.

Flipping the Script; 3 Obstacles to Innovation Viewed Differently – The Principal of Change

Innovation comes from not only dealing with roadblocks but recognizing when to turn these same roadblocks into the conversation on how we can do things differently and much better. Think about the way you (and others) ask questions. Is it in pursuit of moving forward or the hidden reality of holding on to what you have always done? Here are three common arguments I hear against innovation, and how I respond to them. 1.