From the monthly archives:

December 2011

Discretionary Effort

Thanks to Miguel Guhlin for his post about discretionary effort. He says he learned about this concept from Crucial Conversations (coincidentally, I also listened to this – it was recent listening-while-driving book). I have a poster in my office (my own creation) that looks like this: It is my reminder to work in all areas […]

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Activator

I used this activity as an activator at a retreat for district administrators, and I think it would be just as successful to launch a professional development day for teachers. The activity requires people to work in teams. I set up teams of 4 to 5 people because I decided to focus the debrief and […]

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Wall Quote 6

The sixth in my series of posting the quotes that I have used to decorate the walls of my office.   Previous: One Two Three Four Five    

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Advocacy and Inquiry

We’ve all sat in meetings where one person keeps advocating for their position ceaselessly. They appear not even to listen to others, but instead are busy preparing their next comments while others speak. Allowing others (or yourself) to get stuck in advocacy mode does not help reach consensus, and even hinders collegial debate. It also […]

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EdTechActionNetwork

Please support the modernize K-12 schools legislation and contact your elected representatives telling them so. From the EdTechActionNetwork web site: “ACT NOW to Modernize America’s Schools Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act would provide $25 billion to modernize K-12 schools. The Fix America’s Schools Today (FAST) Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of […]

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