Principal Connection/Can You Be Too Nice?

Thomas R. Hoerr argues that sometimes principals can try too hard to be “liked” which can undermine their ability to lead. This can lead to these problems: We are not clear about our expectations. We only give feedback on what’s positive. We do not hold firm to our beliefs. However, he does believe that principals…

Tyler DeWitt: Hey Science Teachers-Make it Fun

A science teacher explains how student feedback helped him to improve his lesson plans and calls on other teachers to revolutionize the way they teach. Questions What are you passionate about? Why? How do you respond to working on things you are not passionate about? Why would students remember a story better than homework reading?…

What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

Paul Tough describes three individuals’ attempts to determine which characteristics are most important to postsecondary success and how to teach them at the grade school level. These three individuals are Dominic Randolph, the principal of one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools; David Levin, the co-founder of KIPP schools; and Angela Duckworth, a…