• Leadership,  Personalization of Learning,  Teaching and Learning

    Death by Syllabus

    It’s that time of year … back to school! Teachers are excited to meet students, and students are excited to meet their teachers. Back to school also means a lot of discussion about how best to establish relationships and culture when students walk in the door. I’ve seen tweets suggesting teachers hold off on “doing school” at first so as to focus on getting to know the students, and establishing the positive culture of the classroom. Part of “doing school” is, for many teachers, passing out the course syllabus, or class introductory letter. This document, often read and treated like a terms and conditions contract, outlines objectives, grading procedures, behavior…

  • Leadership

    The Power of the Master Schedule

    A learning organization is a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together.” The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, by scientist and organizational-theory expert Peter Senge My daughter just started her Junior year of high school. As with most high schools across the nation, she had to wait to get her schedule until the day before school started. It’s a highly anticipated moment – which teachers did I get? Will my friends be in…