Educational Leadership

The Message in the Resistance in Learning

The Message in the Resistance in Learning

The number one question I receive is what to do about motivation. The child is either unmotivated or is easily bored. ⠀ I don't believe in forcing children to do anything.   The child's resistance in learning is a message.   What is that message? Do they...

Charts and Standards are Ableist

Charts and Standards are Ableist

It's not good enough to say we will modify, adapt, and accommodate. Standards are created for one type of person/learner. Period. We have been twisting ourselves backwards and upsidedown for decades and calling it unfair when it's truly deeper than that. It's...

The Absurd Demands of Conventional Education

The Absurd Demands of Conventional Education

Can you imagine if we handled life experiences the way conventional education handles students?⠀ ⠀ After attending a hockey game, you are required to write an essay about what you observed.⠀ ⠀ After grocery shopping, you must take a multiple-choice exam about items...

Honoring the Child

Honoring the Child

How are you honoring the child in your learning environment?   As much as it appears that educators, parents, and students are sometimes at odds, the reality is, we all want the same thing. ⠀ We're simply not communicating it well.⠀ ⠀ What do we want?⠀ ⠀ We want...

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What if Education Were Revamped Entirely?

What if Education Were Revamped Entirely?

Authoritarian models of education have taught us to rely on others to structure our learning. We were taught to mistrust our intuition. We were trained to need external influences to motivate us.⠀ ⠀ Today's parents are the product of the authoritarian model of...

Standardized Exams: What’s It All For?

Standardized Exams: What’s It All For?

When I was in the third grade, I took my first standardized exam. I sat in the classroom across the hall and was presented a large booklet with an accompanying answer sheet with tiny circles to fill in. It was my first time taking a multiple-choice test, and I was...

Effective Leaders Do Not Conform  

Effective Leaders Do Not Conform  

Effective leaders do not conform.  Conformity is the reason the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Conformity is the reason the longer we speak of change, the more we return to antiquated practices.  It takes guts to lead. It takes courage to stand up...

What if Education Were Revamped Entirely?

What if Education Were Revamped Entirely?

Authoritarian models of education have taught us to rely on others to structure our learning. We were taught to mistrust our intuition. We were trained to need external influences to motivate us.⠀ ⠀ Today's parents are the product of the authoritarian model of...

Standardized Exams: What’s It All For?

Standardized Exams: What’s It All For?

When I was in the third grade, I took my first standardized exam. I sat in the classroom across the hall and was presented a large booklet with an accompanying answer sheet with tiny circles to fill in. It was my first time taking a multiple-choice test, and I was...

Effective Leaders Do Not Conform  

Effective Leaders Do Not Conform  

Effective leaders do not conform.  Conformity is the reason the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Conformity is the reason the longer we speak of change, the more we return to antiquated practices.  It takes guts to lead. It takes courage to stand up...