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Ross Cooper
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New blog post: Brand Your School. Not Yourself.
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"As we (administrators) post to social media, with the tap of a few buttons we have opportunities to brand our organizations, influence public perception, and serve our students, teachers, and staff by highlighting what they do best. So let’s not let these opportunities pass us by, let’s make sure we’re intentional with our posts, and, above all else…Let’s keep the focus where it belongs."
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New blog post - Project Based Learning: Six Hours of Professional Development (a free mini-course)
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If you're looking to learn about project based learning (PBL), or roll out PBL to other educators, here's a six-hour mini-course (with five activities) to get you started!
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New blog post: Four Reasons to Tackle Flexible Learning Spaces
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"For any school or district that is tackling flexible learning spaces, if the only thing that changes is the furniture, then a whole lot of effort has been spent on nothing more than making students comfortable – which isn’t bad, but we can do better."
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New blog post: How Do We Assess (And Possibly, Grade) Project Based Learning? #HackingPBL
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"In Embedded Formative Assessment, Dylan Wiliam reveals that combining grades with careful diagnostic comments is a waste of time. When handed feedback and a grade, students first look at the grade. Second, they look at the grades of their classmates. Third, they ignore their feedback. If we truly want to move students from where they are to where they need to be, feedback in the absence of grades is the answer...So, have the courage to provide feedback throughout the project to promote learning (not compliance), consider formal assessments if necessary, and always work toward abolishing grades to the greatest extent possible."
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+Erin Murphy and I are excited to present a three-day PBL workshop - in Kutztown, PA - in partnership with Berks County Intermediate Unit. Visit tinyurl.com/berkspbl for more information and to register. #HackingPBL
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New blog post: Throwing Our Own Ideas Under the Bus
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"It takes a certain level of confidence to poke holes in our own ideas. And, based on experiences, I have found there is a correlation between strong leaders and those who are willing to actively discuss the negatives to make everyone feel heard while moving forward with an emphasis on what is right, not who is right...Because, in the end, if our initiative (or pitch) is well-thought-out, transparent conversations can only help our cause."
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New blog post: Here’s How We’re Moving Forward as an Elementary School…
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Let's take a look at our FIVE main areas of focus for the 2018-2019 school year...
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New blog post: I’m a New Principal, Here’s How I Followed up on My Entry Plan…
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"In a previous post – I’m a New Principal, Here’s My Entry Plan… – I outlined my entry plan for when I became the Elementary Principal of T. Baldwin Demarest Elementary School (TBD) in the Old Tappan School District, about five months ago on January 15...Now, here’s a look at how I formally followed up on my entry plan at a Faculty Meeting on May 21."
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New blog post: It’s the Learning, Not the Lessons!
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So, if I’m a teacher heavily relying on my textbook, without the proper professional development to “move away from it,” I too would be baffled by someone telling me, “Teach Chapter 2 in a different way!” or, “Let your students show they understand Unit 7 however they want!”
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New blog post: What Is Our Default Reaction to Disagreement?
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"Our thoughts, ideas, and opinions are byproducts of our experiences, and no two experiences are the same. As a result, we all view our work (and the world) through a unique lens. The trick is being able to see through multiples lenses at the same time while not being immune to loosening our grip on the lens that is our own."
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