Great reminder that the majority of whatever students do in schools should be done with others: “Our minds often work best in interaction with other people’s minds, and there are particular kinds of relationships that are especially good at evoking our intelligence.” “Why Teaching Helps Students Learn More Deeply” http://feedly.com/k/10yQHrV
Given how important parents are, we perhaps shouldn’t be surprised by this headline: “Parenting More Important Than School: The Effect of Parental Involvement In Academic Achievement” but what I do find surprising is the conclusion that ‘the evidence is clear: parenting is more important than schooling for academic achievement.’ That flies in the face of too much evidence on the importance of the teacher in academic achievement. What I DO take from this infographic is a reminder that it’s the school’s responsibility to ensure the home/school partnership is a meaningful… Read more The power of the home/school partnership →
Great reminder that the more we constrain kids, the less freedom they have. For the love of learning: Best. Video. On Creativity. Ever.
This is one of my go-to readings for change leadership. Conditions required for cultural/mindset change are: A reason to change The capacity to change (skills and understandings) Reinforcement systems, and Consistent role models Emily Lawson and Colin Price via The psychology of change management | McKinsey & Company.
Nice checklist for each of us to review ourselves against… then to ask if the people with whom we work would put a tick next to each one. Challenging… Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog: The Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders.
This article looks at what’s require to foster change from the grass roots of your organisation. It centres on what are known as ‘positive deviants’: isolated people who are already making progress toward solving the problems we all face. “The key is to engage the members of the community you want to change in the process of discovery, making them the evangelists of their own conversion experience. This means that as a leader, you will take on a very different role from the one you have played in previous change… Read more Your Company’s Secret Change Agents – Harvard Business Review →
I used this video to introduce Strengths-Based Leadership to attendees of the Emerging Leaders’ Summit 2013. It’s a great primer on why we should start with our strengths rather than our weaknesses. Playing to Your Strengths – Part I – YouTube.
Balanced Leadership®: What 30 Years of Research Tells Us about the Effect of Leadership on Student Achievement
Although this framework errs on the side of the analytical rather than the emotional, it’s still a useful read. Perhaps the most useful thing in it is the exploration of first order vs second order change, and how two different people can view the same change as being consistent with the prevailing paradigm or a departure from it. Each person has their own needs, and we, as leaders need to adjust to them. “Leadership matters. A significant, positive correlation exists between effective school leadership and student achievement.” via Balanced Leadership®:… Read more Balanced Leadership®: What 30 Years of Research Tells Us about the Effect of Leadership on Student Achievement →