Weekly Education Links

Here are the links and blogs I posted to my Diigo account this week. I spent the last 4 days in Dallas at the NASSP Ignite ’14 Conference. Next year we are in San Diego. If you are an administrator of a secondary school, you need to join your state principals association and NASSP. It is a great way to network and learn from others. I created two new blog posts from sessions I attended at the conference. I also learned how to utilize IFTTT (If This Then That) in one of the sessions, which makes it super easy to get information from my Twitter account to my Diigo account. Awesome! Enjoy!

  • The 10 Traits Of Great Innovators http://t.co/yBx3WoVPvo

    — David Culberhouse (@DCulberhouse) February 8, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter

  • My new blog post: How school websites can become relevant in era of social media:http://t.co/JdoU87pLju #edchat #satchat #ntchat #njed

    — Scott Rocco (@ScottRRocco) February 8, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter

  • #nassp14 Culture us more important than strategy Bailey @ignite14

    — Nancy J. Herr (@APInsight) February 8, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter

  • 27 Ways to Be A Better 21st Century Educator #edtech http://t.co/1o0jIea5R7 pic.twitter.com/b0rR9TfsEr

    — Med Kharbach, MAEd (@medkh9) February 8, 2014

    tags: IFTTT Twitter

  • Here are some tips on accepting technology in education

    tags: technology integration teacher Resources

  • Some great ideas on creating great lesson plans

    tags: teaching strategies teacher Resources

  • Some great reasons to join Twitter

    • 1. Personal Learning Network
    • 2. Classroom Resources
    • 3. Communication
    • 4. Staying Up To Date
    • 5. Ed-Chats
  • A positive team is crucial to great leadership

    tags: leadership leadership strategies team work

    • “You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight Eisenhower
    • But to get that success, you are beating up your team. You make them feel like they are never good enough.
    • Talking with my boss and my team members about the situation was the first step in a long journey to turn my negative, overly-critical style into a leadership approach that would continue to pursue the highest standards of performance – without beating up my team.
    • I quickly realised that I couldn’t change what I didn’t notice, and my critical, negative approach was something that was so ingrained in me that I didn’t even know it was there. The humbling experience of asking others for help, to let me know when I was engaging in destructive behaviour, was the second step
    • I began to express appreciation in ways that I had never done before. Rather than pointing out the one thing that wasn’t perfect, I found the many things that my team members were doing well and let them know how much I appreciated their hard work and their levels of excellence.

    • Fourth, I stopped talking in terms of “me” and started talking in terms of “we” when it came to success
          • Unleash the strengths and the positive energy of others around you by emphasising and building on employees’ strengths


    • Use deliberate communications to help connect day to day work with a higher purpose that has meaning for your employees

    • Praise your employees for specific positive things that they have done

    • Take time to encourage your employees and support them when times are stressful

    • Offer to help out to ease the load when someone is struggling

    • Keep a gratitude log of all of the positive things you are grateful for

    • Call or send personalised notes of gratitude on Thanksgiving, New Year’s and employees’ birthdays

    • Be compassionate

    • Practice forgiveness with yourself and others

    • And, most importantly, take care of yourself, manage your own stress and energy, so that you can be a positive force each and every day no matter what happens around you

  • What kind of classroom do you have?

    tags: instructional strategies student-centered environment teaching

    • 1. How does the classroom environment promote interaction among learners—and how do you operate in that environment?
    • The teacher becomes a participant and co-learner in discussion, asking questions and perhaps correcting misconceptions, but not telling learners what they need to know.
    • 2. Wha

      t kind of assessments do you use?

    • Student-centered assessments ask open-ended questions that force learners to reflect and synthesize what they have learned.
    • 3. How do you respond to a lack of buy-in?
    • Teacher strength: honoring student passion and interest
    • 4. Which is more important to you: compliance or knowledge?
    • 5. If learners weren’t required to come to your class, would they?

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


About drellena

Principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. 2018 Outstanding Virginia Middle School Principal of the Year 2018.
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