Posts in Workplace Skills
Assuming the Positive: Things to Consider About the Norming Process

I think what stymied my connection to the norming process was that I’d seen and experienced it done haphazardly. So, my view, initially, was that this was a lot of pageantry to make a group leader feel effective. I know why, now that I’m on the other end of things, these sessions didn’t work. They were one and done, poster on the wall, and then they were never spoken of again.

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Coaching--A Difference Between Life and Death?

Dr. Atul Gawande has been very vocal about the need for professionals to use coaches in their drive toward improvement.  When we consider the very real need for strong skills in the field for doctors, it seems like there is really no reason we should not support this.  Does the same apply to educators?  Is it life and death for us?  This post explores some of those thoughts at a prime time in the year for a teacher to sign on with a coach.

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May I Have (Some of) Your Attention Please?

I was once told at a PD session that the ADHD brain is the brain of the future.  At the time I found it unsettling to consider this possibility.  I still do.  The way I understood the speaker’s delivery was that this was no bad thing, but rather a sort of evolutionary step toward living in an information and distraction saturated culture.  All non-ADHD folk would calcify in tar pits while the fittest carried on with the business of survival.

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So, Just Know That We're Overselling STEM

Much of STEM work in public schools is intended to give students a leg up on their college career.  Robotics clubs, Computer Science/Coding, AP Chem, Bio, Physics, all of these are great for a college application.  And, while efforts to bring young women into the fold of the male-dominated STEM world are admirable, how many girls are encouraged to become electricians, mechanics, or plumbers?  There is just as much entrepreneurial opportunity in those fields, and I would argue (cautiously) that there may be more…

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What Good is a High School Diploma?

What is it we are looking at when considering the purpose of schooling?  Numbers tend to get the lion's share of attention when we're talking graduation rates, money a graduate makes, number of college acceptances, test scores, and so on.  This is a system by which people are made valuable to the economy.  It seems a cold purpose to me, but when the metrics are quantitative and focused on school survival, how else can a system proceed? 

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Resource Supplement to VA's Portrait of a Graduate/ACPS's High School 2022

As a supplement to my upcoming podcast with Drs. Pam Moran and Matt Haas, I wanted to make sure I provided more information about the huge educational shift occurring here in Virginia through the VDOE's Portrait of a Graduate and Albemarle County Schools' work connected to it via the "High School 2022" plan.

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Nimbleness--the New 21st Century Job Skill

Nimbleness is a term that is very relevant to the way in which teachers and really anyone in this current moment must interact with the work they do.  To be nimble in this sense requires the agility of mind to hop between tasks of different cognitive natures.  This post looks at just how the term may function in the world of 21st Century job skills.

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