school climate

This Is a School That Trust Built

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Schools are microcosms of our society. They reflect what we are, like it or not.  Schools are also places where children and adults have the ability to connect and support each other on their life’s journey.  Within these schools, we’ve talked about the importance of building capacity and emphasizing academics as ways to improve the […]

The Importance of Building Capacity in Schools: Follow Up (One Week Later)

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Last week we learned more about how complex building capacity can be.  To build capacity effectively, change needs to occur in the following processes simultaneously: pedagogical, content, cognitive, affective, behavioral, and organizational processes.  One way to work with your colleagues to build capacity is to ensure that in your school, there is a focus on learning, […]

Little Conversations

Kids will not work for you unless they trust you. If they trust you, they will enjoy being in your presence. The longer they are in your presence, the easier it will be to form lasting, productive relationships. And the more genuine relationships you have in your school, the more positive your school climate will […]

Complacency Kills

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I just finished reading one of the best books ever.The Operatorby Robert O’Neill is the story of the Navy SEAL who dedicated a good chunk of his life fighting for American freedoms. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, it should; he’s the SEAL who fired three rounds into Osama Bin Laden. The boy from Butte, […]

Every Moment Counts

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The measure of a school’s worth is directly associated with the quantity and quality of the connections between the adults and the children who share the building on a daily basis. Students are more likely to flourish as learners when they know they are appreciated, supported, and loved by the teachers and other staff members […]

If the Teachers Didn’t Have to Come Back to School, Would They?

School starts again tomorrow after the holiday break. Teachers are thinking about how to make the day special for students, how to welcome them back in a way that helps them feel connected and happy about being back at school. They champion their students, thinking about each one of them and how they might be […]

6 Unique Ways Teachers Can End The Year By Creating Memories

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SIMPLE TRUTH: The power of a teacher is truly known when we allow a child to be truly known RESEARCH TELLS US: The end of the school year. Yes, this is a time that evokes so many feelings for students and teachers alike. Summer vacation is knocking at everyone’s front door, and this annual knock […]

The Prize Box

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If I had been looking the other direction I would have missed it. That would have been a shame. But I was fortunate enough to witness it. So I considered myself lucky. The timer was getting ready to go off and for a moment it seemed uncertain if he was going to be able to […]

What’s Missing?

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Throughout my years in education I’ve been to a number of conferences, connected with many respected school leaders, and I’ve read countless articles and books relating to education. One would think that in doing so I’ve been able to pin-point exactly what it is that sparks learning in humans.I use the wordhumanssimply because learning is […]

Wallpaper at Home and at School

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During the 22-inch dropping blizzard of 2016, I was cooking, cleaning, tending to my babies, and even spruce up my ‘man cave’ in the garage. In the midst of cleaning, I found wallpaper. I could not help but to think of all of the horror stories my mother use to share with me about the […]

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