Great teaching has much in common with show business. Do you know about the many successful performers who considered a career in the classroom? Continue readingRead More
Unless there is a preponderance of evidence that a teacher is unwilling to learn, be coached, or to grow professionally – making dismissal is a real possibility – the sole purpose of any observation – informal observation, class walk-through, or formal evaluation – should be to help a teacher enhance instructional effectiveness. Continue readingRead More
A New Zealand school continues to make significant progress (socially, behaviorally, and academically) after adopting the principles and practices of choice theory. This is an inspiring story of moving from chaos to quality. Continue readingRead More
What is the purpose of teacher evaluation? Is it to improve instruction? Create a “paper trail” so we can justify dismissal of ineffective teachers? We need to know our true purpose if we hope to improve the current flawed system of evaluating teachers. Continue readingRead More
When schools create a “culture of empowerment,” teachers are energized and students experience greater success. Is your school one that empowers or are you stuck in a culture of compliance? Continue readingRead More
Graduation season is upon us, the time when we pause to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-minted degree-holders. Of course, in economic times such as these, there’s no guarantee that a new graduate, professionally green and facing unprecedented competition for jobs, will land solid employment just on the strength of a… Read More
It was very exciting – and a little intimidating – to be invited to spend a day at an inner-city high school in Los Angeles. I have spent over a decade developing and promoting an interdisciplinary approach to teaching core concepts in science and mathematics; throwing out the traditional text… Read More
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