"We can no longer afford to sustain a school structure built for a time long past." ~ Eric Sheninger The quote above is one that resonated with me immediately after reading it. I received my copy of Digital Leadership - Changing Paradigms for Changing Times by Eric Sheninger shortly after it was released from Corwin. Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to start reading it until last week. Better late than never. Although I am only on chapter 5 there have been times where I have caught myself saying "Yes!" out loud and times of quiet reflection about the path my school is currently on. It was chapter 2 - Why Schools Must Change and in particular the section titled The Time for Excuses is Over that is the inspiration for this post. During my time as a classroom teacher, learning technologies coordinator and vice principal I have tried to...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!   Many in leadership positions talk about doing what's right. But only the true leaders actually do it. — Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) July 14, 2014 Successful leaders never pretend things are OK when they aren't. — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) July 14, 2014 Success comes for our students when they find where their passions meet their talents. #ade2014 — Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) July 14, 2014 In the era of social media & tech, there's no reason for students' work to only be seen by their teachers. #edchat pic.twitter.com/XAtChr1l0T — Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) July 15, 2014 2michaelfullan1 "Change does not work from top down or bottom up. Change works from the middle across the system." #blc14 #edtech — Alan November (@globalearner) July 16, 2014 'Start where you are. Use what you have. Do...
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  "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." ~ Babe Ruth   Spain 1982 was the first World Cup that I remember being totally engrossed in. I was 12 years old at the time playing for an Italian soccer club where I was the only Canadian on the team. Every game I watched was a learning experience. I realized quickly the passion Italians had for the game and how it was entrenched in their culture. I remember our coach telling us to watch every game, picking the player that played our position and to watch only their movements. I remember watching the Italian hero Paolo Rossi score 6 goals in the tournament. But what I remember most was how Italy grew...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     @DavidFifeVP @Carla_Pereira2 @msmross Also gives educators a chance to tell their own stories directly to the community. Powerful.— Andrew Campbell (@acampbell99) July 7, 2014 Leadership is influence and imprints-how you lead, what you model, how you treat people-determines how much you have and the marks you leave— David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) July 7, 2014 There's never full assurance you're right, sometimes there's just courage…to keep moving forward, knowing that you are doing the right thing— David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) July 7, 2014 After today, I see even more value to multi-age groupings, regardless of student needs.Small group instruction & inquiry make this possible!— Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca) July 7, 2014 Build a good C.U.L.T.U.R.E. collaborate | understand | love | trust | unite | respect | empower #edchat #cpchat #leadership— Dan McCabe (@danieldmccabe)...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     Learn enough to say no to the good and yes to the best. – John Maxwell— Amy Wilkinson (@amymwilkinson) July 2, 2014 [TODAY] Eliminate clutter that depletes energy and anchors the status quo | Dennis Sparks http://t.co/wV6yrcYFgU #miched #cpchat— Dennis Sparks (@DennisSparks) July 2, 2014 Why I hate scripted curriculum. http://t.co/M8aSRF1Zlx— John Spencer (@edrethink) July 4, 2014 Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while. J Welch— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) July 4, 2014 Lose purpose; lose passion.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) July 4, 2014 ...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     Habits of resilient people: 1 seek feedback 2 anticipate outcomes 3 practice religiously 4 no excuses 5 intentionally struggle 6 work hard”— Tim Bonello (@bonellot) June 23, 2014 When you change, you’re asking those around you to change.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) June 24, 2014 You better dig deep, because I will NOT be defeated! #forlove— David Fife (@DavidFifeVP) June 24, 2014 You cannot learn how to be great from someone average! @ToddWhitaker #clasconv14— Becky Good (@ogtigermom) June 25, 2014 One who fears failure limits his activities. – Henry Ford— Amy Wilkinson (@amymwilkinson) June 25, 2014 Enjoy your last day with students. Be proud of all you shared with them and how you inspired them to take this learning journey with you!— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) June 26, 2014 You won’t get where...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look.     Students won't be risk takers if their teacher isn't. @ToddWhitaker— Tracy Kincy (@tlkincy) June 16, 2014 Innovation comes only from readily and seamlessly sharing information rather than hoarding it. - Tom Peters— Amy Wilkinson (@amymwilkinson) June 16, 2014 How to Kill Your Child’s Creativity http://t.co/c3ee9bdsmt #edchat #kinderchat #tvdsb— David Fife (@DavidFifeVP) June 16, 2014 Sometimes, not having the last word is the strongest message you can send!— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) June 17, 2014 Secrets to Great Presentations http://t.co/1XCzhvbunk via @leadershipfreak— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) June 18, 2014 Collaborative inquiry is both a method of problem solving and an approach to professional learning #swstchat— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) June 19, 2014 When you talk, you repeat what you already know. But when you listen, you may learn something new. So True pic.twitter.com/CVECyl8m4M—...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     The most beautiful things in life.... pic.twitter.com/Jxds2VnIXd— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) June 9, 2014 Want to improve a student's competence? Start by improving his confidence.— Kylene Beers (@KyleneBeers) June 9, 2014 "the best schl leadrs understand how 2navigate the change dynamic so that all stds can have the outstanding schl they deserve"@ToddWhitaker— Ken (@Ken_TeacherDad) June 11, 2014 Sure, we all need to make a living... but wouldn't it be better to make a living while also making someone else's life better... #edchat— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) June 11, 2014 "Mistakes come from doing, but so does success." - John Wooden— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) June 12, 2014 It doesn't matter how much we know, what matters is how clearly others can understand what we know.— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) June 12, 2014 Compassion is of...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and check them out!     Being connected allows all educators to become like the best educators. #iaedchat— Todd (@ToddWhitaker) June 2, 2014 Love this ! pic.twitter.com/Yii9LvidrT— Tanya Avrith (@edtechschools) June 2, 2014 How to transform frustration into positive direction? http://t.co/m4cOt8sfsp pic.twitter.com/tbEHgVLvhe— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) June 2, 2014 Understand the person before answering their question or addressing their problem.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) June 3, 2014 "Anyone who says failure is not an option has also ruled out innovation." -Seth Godin— David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) June 4, 2014 Obstacles are great incentives. – Jules Michelet— Amy Wilkinson (@amymwilkinson) June 4, 2014 If you aren't carving out your own niche in the world, then the best that can happen is that you fit in someone else's... #beyou #edchat— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) June 5, 2014 Wonder if it works?...
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  "Learning happens in the minds and souls, not in the databases of multiple choice test" ~ Sir Ken Robinson   This morning during a beautiful drive into work I listened to a story on the radio that was both touching and concerning at the same time. One of our local radio stations was doing a their morning show live at the Children's Hospital to help support a fundraising campaign. During one of the segments they interviewed a young 12 year old girl that just a few years earlier was fighting for her life at that very same hospital as a result of a brain tumor. The girl and her mother both gave touching recounts about their time at the hospital and all the wonderful staff that helped them through a very difficult and challenging time. The young girl was very articulate and charming as she explained what her condition...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!   Problem-solvers create the future by asking, "How can we make it work" rather than saying it won't. #Leadership— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 26, 2014 A study finds that the best leaders are humble leaders #cpchat http://t.co/SlMfgTUy6j— Dennis Sparks (@DennisSparks) May 26, 2014 Great leaders not only value the ideas of others…they create the necessary space for those ideas to percolate and evolve.— David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) May 26, 2014 Learning from others allows us to grow, gain from their experiences, knowledge…emulating others keeps us from becoming what is uniquely you— David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) May 28, 2014 A3 Having a strong PLN can help answer any questions you have facing while tackling your summer learning goals. #txlchat— Jerry Blumengarten (@cybraryman1) May 28, 2014 “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!   Fearful leaders get ahead by letting others fail.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 19, 2014 The busier we become the easier it is to become distracted from things that matter.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 20, 2014 "The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King Jr.— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) May 20, 2014 "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." - Mark Twain — MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) May 20, 2014 At what point does 'taking learning outside our school walls' move beyond being a field trip and become just what we do? #think35— Chris Wejr (@ChrisWejr) May 20, 2014 "We are conditioning students for a world that is multiple choice, when it's really open-ended." - N. Ferroni— Growing Leaders (@GrowingLeaders) May 20,...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore ― William Faulkner— Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) May 12, 2014 Nothing like a good quote to kick off a Monday! http://t.co/pxucvxEWFN— Carrie McEachern (@mceach_17) May 12, 2014 Don't wait for an opportunity. Make one.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 13, 2014 When students Learn about learning they're capable of helping teachers teach and students to learn. Tech can enable such learnings. #edchat— Mark E. Weston Ph.D. (@ShiftParadigm) May 13, 2014 "Don't give in to hate."— Star Wars Quotes (@StarWarsQuotes7) May 15, 2014 Wanting something to change doesn’t change anything. #leadership— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 15, 2014 Grades don't always measure intelligence and age doesn't always define maturity!— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) May 17, 2014 "As soon as children...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!         Follow the crowd? pic.twitter.com/4NLmWioog5 — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 4, 2014 Don't be surprised when a great idea isn't embraced...status quo is just waiting for the opportunity to lend reasons to why it won't work... — David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) May 4, 2014 Why should anyone care about the things you're doing if you don't care about things they're doing? #lousyleaders — Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 5, 2014 "Yes and no are very powerful words. Mean them when you say them. Respect them when you hear them." - Michael Josephson — MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) May 6, 2014 "Leaders make a difference to student outcomes by creating the conditions in which teachers are able to do a better job." #ideas2014 — Deirdre Bailey (@deirdrebailey) May 9, 2014 The power of blogging for...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and have a look!   "Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness." - Earl of Derby— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) April 27, 2014 Every 1 Minute on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/S7lX7G5BMW— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) April 27, 2014 What good is having a belly if there's no fire in it. Wake up, drink your passion, light a match, and get to work.— Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) April 30, 2014 The way you respond – when you don’t get your way – reveals who you are.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) May 1, 2014 “Leadership is an action, not a position.” ~ Donald McGannon #Leadership— gordon tredgold (@GordonTredgold) May 2, 2014 "The teacher who sets a positive tone can influence the interactions of everyone in the school." Love this! @ToddWhitaker— Tobie Taylor Jones (@tobiemichele) May 3, 2014...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my this past week. Scroll through and have a look!     “It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ― Babe Ruth #ptsc #quotes— Stacey Schmidt (@DrStaceySchmidt) April 21, 2014 Going #BYOD? Here's a great poster to share in your classroom to keep kids on-task: http://t.co/AxPhtkvVH0. #edtech pic.twitter.com/OSnaDCgwyB— Remind101 (@remind101) April 21, 2014 Earth Day is a great reminder that kids should be making contributions beyond their classrooms. They should be contributing to their world.— Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) April 22, 2014 You never want to get on a plane where the pilot learned to fly from worksheets. via @toddwhitaker #edchat #unionrxi pic.twitter.com/cL4bwQKZvE— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 24, 2014 Portrait of a 21st Century Learner >> #edchat #21stedchat #colchat #cpchat pic.twitter.com/C1DN0wHxXx— Evelyn Giannopoulos (@Ev_Giannopoulos) April 26, 2014 You have to acknowledge your frailties in order to find new strength. #leadership—...
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  Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through and check them out!   Beware of Minecraft... It's like Crack for Kids. http://t.co/vYetjh6zlK— Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) April 14, 2014 I remember when tweeting was called passing notes.— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) April 14, 2014 BYOD gains in acceptance as more adults realize the power of having constant access to information in their own lives. #edtechchat— Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) April 15, 2014 We should embrace social media for what it is... a tool that is customizable and personalized for all of our use. #edchat #unionrxi— Dr. Justin Tarte (@justintarte) April 15, 2014 New! Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story:http://t.co/YufWZybaAW via @DavidFifeVP #smedchat #edchat #digcit pic.twitter.com/6FvC2JV4LR— Remind101 (@remind101) April 15, 2014 @mraspinall Agreed! Hands down #edcampldn was the best PD I have ever experienced!— Carrie McEachern (@mceach_17) April 16, 2014 What feedback is and isn't http://t.co/A8l03Jd6mY— Kyle...
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  Click here to read my first of 3 articles for remind101 ~ Using Social Media to Tell Your School's Story
Below are the tweets that caught my eye this past week. Scroll through a have a look!       Instead of.... pic.twitter.com/RLmGKcn4PE— Sue Bruyns (@sbruyns) April 6, 2014 When you smother your emotions you lose your passion to live.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) April 8, 2014 "A leader sees greatness in other people. You can't be much of a leader if all you see is yourself." - Maya Angelou— MichaelSmithSupt (@principalspage) April 11, 2014 “@Cari__Patterson: We don't need more information; we need better filters. @dougpete #edcampldn”— Jennifer Chelchowski (@jchelchowski) April 12, 2014 Important to encourage a growth mind set beyond the walls of the school. What are our parents and community members thinking #edcampldn— Marsha Kelly (@marshatkelly) April 12, 2014 Oh my #edcampldn #edcampswo using google hangouts to join edcampers from two location pic.twitter.com/ACOHqwUvoR— Michelle Cordy (@cordym) April 12, 2014 Everything worth doing requires resilience.— Dan Rockwell (@Leadershipfreak) April 13, 2014...
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