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No one knows enough. Period.

And that’s a good thing. I try to remember that.

Recently, a good friend of mine told me that he is convinced the Earth is flat. And, as far as I know, he’s not medicated.

He said that the evidence he’s collected is too overwhelming for him not to believe in it any more. A few days later he handed me a document titled “200 Proofs Earth Is Not a Spinning Ball.” I did not read through all 200 reasons, but upon a closer look I have to concede that at least a few reasons are compelling…

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Posted by on in Education Leadership

“The experience of others is the best classroom you will ever find.”
– Warren Buffett

From time to time I share information about relevant and timely educational research. in this post I am reprinting excerpts from an earlier post regarding the powerful and influential research findings from John Hattie. The excerpt is from a post on January 2015 about my own connections educationally with the constructivist philosophy as well as some powerful findings of impact/effect from John Hattie’s meta analytical research. Following the excerpt, I’m reprinting a blog post from Shaun Killian that shares commonalities from Robert Marzano’s findings and Hattie’s findings. So much information about impact and effects of instructional methods rests at our fingertips – it’s exciting to have multiple mediums to share and communicate and inform!

As early as in 1995, I experimented with U.S. History Workshop where students were given voice and choice – with guidance, support, and direction – as they learned about U.S. History. I published an article in “The Councilor” (the official publication of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies), Volume 56, pages 11-25, title: “Planning Powerful and Engaging Social Studies: The U.S. History Workshop for Students”

Looking back at past blog posts I shared about Hattie’s research and in commentary where I have read and written about Hattie’s meta analytical research, I found that the effect size of student expectations also referred to in his writing as self-reporting grades is 1.44, for more on Hattie, there are books, articles, publications, and links from my blog. The main points are for us to keep our eyes on the prize so to speak, raise our expectations – remove limits and obstacles – teach better, create more active learning spaces and allow our students to soar – using what we know and using what we believe -there are no limits!

It is incumbent upon us – public education leaders – to learn from research findings, apply interventions in the ways enumerated in the syntax of the research – and to cede some control to the students as we activate their learning and as we support their limitless growth and success!

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School is an adventure. We never know what we may encounter on any given day. Our adventure is filled with twists and turns, open roads and newly created paths. With any journey, we must plan what we want to see, always knowing that we may need to venture down a new path.


At the beginning of this school year, I told my staff that we were on an adventure. Our adventure would have a plan, a destination of learning, but how we got there would depend on the many twists and turns we came across. We might need to forge a new road, or continue down one we have been before. At our district professional development day, a new path was built by all.


The plan of learning is always to grow, create, and inquire. On this day, our path would be digital, where creation and growth were the main focus. Our district was on a blended learning journey, taking our teachers and news to new heights, propelling us forward in order to learn more about blended learning, the power it can hold within our classrooms, and how we get there together.

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Let's talk so we can understand each other.

I really enjoyed this thoughtful article which I am sharing with you today. What a brave new Common Core world! There are so many educational buzzwords I have trouble understanding them. Maybe you do too. The constant is change; the future is now.

American school teachers are unsung heroes and sheroes. We all know someone who has sacrificed for our country. My son-in-law was in the navy in Iraq. He is a hero to me. I also constantly thank teachers because these "trench veterans" are everyday American heroes.

Obviously I am not comparing a teacher to a soldier. Yet I would like to make the point that our veteran teachers know how to teach. Internet ready-made lesson plans, grading systems, scripted programs, standardized tests serve their purpose, I suppose.

Schools as I have always known them are so technology and goal oriented I wonder where the pianos and rhythm sticks have gone.

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