Does Your Feedback Help or Hinder Learning? An Inquiry into Effective Feedback

 “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”  -Bill Gates talking to business leaders Initial thoughts There are two basic forms of feedback. Numerical or letter grades rank a student’s relative standing among classmates. The student feels good with a high grade or poorly with Read More …

Two Educational Leadership Frameworks: A Toolbelt and a Pair of Glasses

  By Scott Weinstein If you are an educator, you are familiar with the phrase, “one more thing!” It is a fair sentiment by educators describing the plethora of initiatives and different forms of accountability that often leave teachers scrambling and dealing with time-consuming work that frequently does not have Read More …

Remaining Open to Continuous Learning

  By Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick “All of the top achievers I know are lifelong learners… looking for new skills, insights and ideas. If they’re not learning, they’re not growing…not moving toward excellence.” Denis Waitley Successful people are in a continuous learning mode. Their confidence, in combination with Read More …

Mind over Matter: Overcoming Learning Obstacles by Building Habits of Mind

  By Jacquelyn Whiting Educators and students all bring particular habits of mind with them when they enter their schools and classrooms. And under the pressure of data crunching and competition for high scores, some of those habits — developed over an educational lifetime — become self-sabotaging. As a public Read More …