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STOP teaching irrelevant lessons!

Complete and utter boredom. That what some students will feel when they sit in class today. They will sneak their phones out and record a few snaps. Perhaps they will “like” and “retweet” a couple of tweets. The Problem Some of the students in our classes today will be bored. We often view engagement as...
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3 Leadership Truths about Challenge

3 Leadership Truths about Challenge

My comfort zone as a leader was challenged. Boy did I feel uncomfortable. I learned some truths about leadership and challenge…the hard way. Leaders like to push and nudge. We wish to challenge you, but we aren’t too keen on challenging ourselves. Many leaders fall into this trap because they lose sight of the need...
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Kids Deserve It! Interview with @bjohnsonEDU

Kids Deserve It Show Episode 97 featuring Brandon Johnson Video Podcast link Audio Podcast Link Highlights from this episode: Childhood experiences in education, Building a PLN, Embracing failure
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Get Control of Your Day

Leaders often walk into the office with the goal of having a good day but few approach the day with a focus and understanding of how to make it happen. One of my mentors once told me to schedule everything in my day to ensure the important things get done. This is one of those...
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Create a Culture of Performance

Every organization creates goals and strategic steps to move them towards achieving their goals. Rare are the organizations that repeatedly go through this process and are successful every year. The successful organizations have something that the others do not have. They have a culture of performance and success. Success separates the top from the bottom...
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3 Essentials for High-Quality Teaching

Every student deserves access to curriculum and instruction that is consistent and effective. I often ask teachers on my campus to reflect on their implementation of effective instructional practices. Doing so requires a certain level of vulnerability and discomfort but is essential to ensuring that all students learn. Asking teachers to be vulnerable and take...
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18 Walk-Throughs Is Not Enough

Eighteen walkthroughs in a week. The hard part was providing meaningful feedback. I set a goal this week to get eighteen walkthroughs in and provide teachers with meaningful feedback on their instructional practice. I knew that this was an audacious goal, but I knew that I would be a better leader even I didn’t achieve...
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Back to School: Sometimes We Are All Middle Schoolers

Another first day of school is in the books. We greeted students with a walk down the red carpet as Paparazzi took their photo behind the news Banner. The kids had an absolute blast. This didn’t stop us from having a few students who were overwhelmed by the whole experience. Our goal was to make...
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Why You Should Build A Twitter PLN

A Twitter Professional Learning Network (PLN) can do great things for your professional learning. A few years ago, I didn’t understand the impact that building a network of fellow educators online could have on my professional practice as a leader. I focused primarily on face to face networking. What a difference two years can make....
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