Category Archives: culture

A bias toward ownership: building agency in PLCs

PLCs work best when facilitators and members have a sense of ownership. A PLC facilitator recently came to me with a request to open up the weekly schedule to more PLT time. While I’m happy to weigh in, my ideal … Continue reading

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Leading long-term change: Can the…ehem…USPS give us guidance?

When you think “United States Postal Service,” effective change management probably doesn’t come to mind. It goes without saying that living through long-term change is difficult. With a field of vision several years in the distance, how do you keep your … Continue reading

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What does “performance” mean?

A colleague and I had a great conversation at the last CFT meeting about “performance.” PBL goes by many names, but one of them could certainly be “performance-based learning.” The arts and PE are among the best examples of performance-based … Continue reading

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Seeing YOUR world through someone else’s eyes

Penpals, epals, skype sessions, Hangouts… For decades students have benefited from the classroom practice of communicating with students from other cultures.  Two decades ago email allowed that communication to be almost immediate.  Chat, and then videochat gradually increased the value … Continue reading

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Just how hard is “integrated studies” anyway?

As Co-director of PLCs in the Junior High, I have the exciting privilege (and obligation) to participate in each of the school’s PLCs: English, Math/Science, History, and Language.  Thursday was my first opportunity to observe another PLC in this capacity, … Continue reading

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