Effective Teams: The Key to Transforming Schools? This fall I've been thinking a lot about what makes a good team in a school context. I'll share some of these thoughts, but I really want to hear your ideas on this subject. I'm going to admit that it's taken me a while to feel convinced by the power of teams. Until recently, I didn't have great experiences in teams. I felt that alone I could produce whatever needed to be created better, and quicker, than working with others. I often felt frustrated working in teams -- the process felt so slow and cumbersome. In the last few years, however, my experience in a couple different teams shifted these beliefs. Why Does This Matter? Here's why I think we need to articulate our beliefs and practices about good teams: Strong teams within a school are essential to retaining and sustaining teachers. What Makes a Good Team? Here are my thoughts. A good team knows why it exists. This last point is what I've been contemplating this fall: What does a good team leader do?
Food Chains There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States. Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. All Educational Editions Include: - 2 DVD Box Set that includes - Three versions of film (82, 52, and 30 minutes) in ENGLISH - Three versions of film (82, 52, and 30 minutes) in SPANISH - Screening Discussion Guide - Screening Kit (poster artwork, supplemental images, press kit, etc) Testimonials Raj Patel Research Professor
3 Things That Need To Be Reciprocated in Schools cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Aunt Owwee A positive school culture is the only way that organizations will move forward, yet there is often a lot of little subtle messages on things that aren’t working that can slowly erode the climate. As teachers and administrators should be working together to do what is best for kids, in many conversations with schools there seems to be an expectation with some that some traits are the responsibility of either the teacher or the principal, not necessarily both. Here are some things that need to be reciprocal as opposed to coming from one direction: 1. “The first job of a leader—at work or at home—is to inspire trust. On the other hand, I have seen teachers question whether they could trust their principal or not and it seemed like they had to continuously earn it from staff and community. 2. those tough situations as well. In my first years as a teacher, I remember doing something really stupid and the parent complaining to the principal. 3.
6 signs of a natural leader Leadership is a skill that can be taught, but it also manifests itself in some people naturally. Recognizing this as a trait in yourself or others can sometimes be tricky — and it can cause misunderstandings about the natural leader’s character or intentions. A busy manager who has to deal with all kinds of personalities within a team can overlook signs of leadership and instead see someone being difficult — perhaps asking too many questions, questioning their direction or stepping on their toes when it comes to guiding other members of the team. While these behaviors can be initially challenging, they are all signs that the individual has the potential to be a great leader. Questioning. What to do next Once you’ve identified the early signs of a leader beginning to emerge within a team, it’s up to you to nurture this. Yes, it may be a challenge, and you will need conviction to back up your own leadership.
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The Seven Characteristics of a Good Leader Updated 01/2014 How can we determine not only who is a competent leader, but a good leader? Some, like Tom Lickona of the Smart and Good Schools Initiative, believe the proper distinction is between moral and performance character. The former typically refers to having sound values, to be oriented toward an ethical way to behave; the latter refers to the essential importance of having the skills -- particularly SEL skills-- to carry out one's values. What does this mean for leadership? Sargent Shriver, whose leadership credentials are unrivaled in American public service, believed leaders must act and infuse their organizations with: 1) A sense of purpose: The values of an organization must be clear, members of the organization should know them, and they should exemplify and uphold them in their own actions. 2) Justice: Everyone in an organization should be held to common standards, with rules and procedures that are clear, firm, fair, and consistent.
The Case Against 8 A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. "A STIRRING civil rights film that is both cogent and emotionally charged…grips from start to finish…" - The Hollywood Reporter "An emotional tour of HISTORY IN THE MAKING…" - Indiewire "A well-made, moving, informative history" - RogerEbert.com "Engrossing and emotional..." - The Los Angeles Times " Lucid, balanced and relentlessly informative. Are you interested in inviting the filmmakers or characters in the film to attend your event?
What Students Want From Their Teachers So over the course of several lunch periods, I went from table-to-table, asking, “What qualities do you look for in the best teachers? The best teachers (blank)…” While my methodology will cause my college statistics professor to cringe, the students were remarkably honest. To the best of my abilities I grouped the answers together and they are listed by frequency of response. We want teachers who make class engaging, interesting, captivating and fun. This was the run-away winner with more than the next three responses combined. Students used words like variety, creative, hands on, participation, fun, and real to describe the best lessons. I want the subject to connect to my life. I like the classes where we (students and teachers) are equals and share the responsibility for learning. Allow us to participate in the learning. Make the class fun. I like the classes where we play games that help us learn. Let us use technology. We want teachers who are chill and lenient Ms. Ms. Personable Ms. Ms.
How We Got Here Updated:The FCC Tuesday voted 3:2 to approve an order that will enshrine the policies of network neutrality — the idea that ISPs can’t hinder or discriminate against lawful content flowing through their pipes — as regulations enforced by the commission. While legal challenges remain, and the text of the full order won’t be out for a few days, here’s the gist of what’s in store, as I explained last night: The order contains three sections that set policies around transparency, create a prohibition against blocking lawful content on wireline networks and certain types of content on wireless networks, and set up rules preventing unreasonable discrimination. More analysis will come later. Update: Here’s the release discussing the order, and the full order itself will come in a few days. As for how we got here, this is a brief recap of the events and decisions leading up to today’s vote: 2006: Congress attempts to pass the first of many network neutrality bills.
How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers Early in the school year, Mr. Spriggs asked me to sit in on a conference with his most challenging student. Jon rarely participated appropriately in class, instead drawing attention to himself by "accidentally" dropping books, suddenly having coughing spells and loudly expelling air from either end. As the conference began, Jon seemed prepared for an expected onslaught of demands and nagging, defending himself with a steely downward glare and arms firmly folded across his chest. The Importance of Attitude Educators often ask me for strategies that work with difficult students, and I have devoted a considerable amount of effort and creativity in developing these, filling up numerous books. Let's look at the attitudes reflected by this strategy: Your presence is important to me. A Simple Experiment It is not unusual to think that if only others changed their ways, our lives would be so much better. Start by thinking about your most challenging student (or class). See what happens.