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A Principal’s Reflections: The Right Questions – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Right Questions The Right Questions “We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.”  – James Stephens Questioning techniques are one of the easiest areas of instructional design that can be improved, at least in my opinion.  By looking at the question stems, one can determine the level of thinking our learners are…

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If It’s Easy Then it Probably Isn’t Learning – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: If It’s Easy Then it Probably Isn’t Learning If It’s Easy Then it Probably Isn’t Learning What is the purpose of education? To many, this might seem like a ridiculous question with the answer being quite obvious. Or is it? For this post at least, let’s go with learning. Some might equate this with the successful ability to be able to recall or memorize facts and information. The casual observer might then anoint anyone who is able…

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The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place The Two Most Important Questions to Ask to Determine if Learning is Taking Place There are so many thoughts and ideas as to what learning really looks and feels like. From these conversations, educators form their own perspectives and opinions that best align with the vision, mission, and goals of their classroom, school or district.  However, a consensus is critical if the goal…

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A Principal’s Reflections: What Learners Really Need – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: What Learners Really Need What Learners Really Need A great deal has changed since I began writing this blog back in 2009. For starters, my primary device to connect on Twitter was a Blackberry.  I didn’t even have a Facebook page until a year later.  Additionally, my views on education regarding teaching, learning, and leadership were beginning to evolve in ways that would eventually help my school experience innovative success while also pushing my professional practice into…

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3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal 3 Shifts to Make Learning Personal In education, a lesson makes or breaks a learner’s experience in a classroom.  Planning takes time. I remember many nights and weekends that I spent countless hours developing a variety of activities that would keep my students engaged while also following the scope and sequence of the curriculum based on the standards that needed to be addressed.  When it is all said and done, it…

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