Category Archives: Education

“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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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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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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The “lost” art of play

I recently came across this article by psychologist Peter Gray, “The Play Deficit”.   In it he describes some of the difficulties children have as they grow up, due in part to a lack of free play time.  The article makes … Continue reading

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The Answer to STEM concerns may already be in the Hands of our Students

America has an urgent need to cultivate a strong workforce of innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, but too few students receive the academic support and many lack opportunity to study STEM in school. Why should we … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Finnish Lessons

I recently re-watched a video of Alan Lishness (who designs middle school science programing for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute) talking about his visit to Finland and his reflections on their educational system.  While I believe deeply in American … Continue reading

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