Author Archives: chrissousa

Behavioral Health

What are schools designed to do? It appears that the definition, the mission, of our schools change almost year to year. The days of a school teaching the three “Rs” are long gone. I do not believe that public education … Continue reading

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“Building” Trust – C. Sousa

Trusting relationships are a key factor of successful schools. Building a positive professional level of trust forms the foundation that allows staff, students, and communities to take risks, succeed, fail, and find success again. All staff need to be vested … Continue reading

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Professional Development: We’re all in it together

The other night we had a great conversation at #NHED about professional development. There were great insights, encouragements, and ideas. However, many of the posts also highlighted frustrations, and I found myself at times on both sides of the fence. … Continue reading

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How can we bank Creativity?

Originally Posted on April 13, 2012 by C Sousa I was once told that time is the currency of education. I believe this to be true. We need time to teach our students, to allow them to reach goals, and … Continue reading

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Middle Schools

Middle schools are unique places largely due to their unique student population. Students ages 10 – 14 undergo vast social, emotional, intellectual, and physical changes and it is the role of middle schools to provide an academically challenging curriculum with … Continue reading

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Parents & Teachers: Assume Best Intentions

Here is a post that I wrote in the Fall.  It came up as a topic of conversation and after going back and reading it and the linked article, I thought I would re-post it as it still rings true … Continue reading

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Building Trust

Trusting relationships are a key factor of successful schools. Building a positive professional level of trust forms the foundation that allows staff, students, and communities to take risks, succeed, fail, and find success again. All staff need to be vested … Continue reading

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The Role of the Principal

Recently I was asked about the role of the public school principal, and rather then rattle off a list of responsibilities and duties, we had more of a  philosophical discussion.  Here is some of my thoughts on the question. The … Continue reading

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BLOOMS Poster for the Classroom

The links below are to a photo and a PDF of a poster I created (after seeing a similar one in a teacher’s classroom in Portsmouth NH at an edcamp!) of the updated Blooms taxonomy.  Please feel free to take … Continue reading

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Do we measure creativity, inquisitiveness, inspiration?

Good question.  Below is a link to a video of a Tennessee high school student speaking at a board meeting about school reform and specifically the adoption of the common core and the assessments surrounding it.  It is very interesting … Continue reading

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