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Classroom Management: Observing the Start of Class

          Routines are those things we regularly do.  The patterns of our life as it were.  The examples of patterns in our lives are endless.  Our morning routine of waking up and, for me at least, starting the water for coffee, checking my phone for social media, getting breakfast for my children, and getting ready …

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Vulnerability as a Strength in School Leadership

There may exist an old-school conception that educational leaders should not show vulnerability as it may display weakness, which could undermine one’s authority.  Think of Morgan Freeman’s first speech to his faculty as a new High School Principal in Lean on Me when he shouts ‘no one talks in my meetings, no one!’   This is a great …

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Instructional Principal: Quality Instruction: Lesson Planning: GANAG

‘Quality of instruction is the top priority for the instructional principal’ (link to source).  Lesson planning plays a crucial role in the delivery of quality instruction.  Fostering an environment in which a faculty uses the same lesson planning structure and language can help create a culture of practitioners that work collectively toward student gains.  One …

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Instructional Leadership: Real – time coaching?

As instructional leaders part of our jobs is to get into classrooms, observe teaching and learning and give timely feedback to teachers to create a culture of high expectations and improve student learning. During observations, should administrators interrupt teachers and provide ‘real-time coaching’ or wait for a post-observation debrief? According to this study administrators are more …

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Feedback Approaches

Giving feedback to teachers is an integral part of an instructional leader’s job.  In an  ideal world feedback does not create friction while promoting a culture of high expectations for performance. Some feedback may be evaluative in the form of tangible summative TESC scorecards. Some feedback may be conversational  based on anectdotal evidence after informal …

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Servant Leadership, Maslow and Daniel Pink in International Schools.

As international educational leaders we are interested in cultivating a motivational environment in which our teams flourish. The term ‘servant leadership’ was coined by Robert Greenleaf in 1972. Removing obstacles is one of major outcomes of servant leadership: ‘alleviating … pain’. Maslow’s hierarchy agrees: impediments block access to maximum human potential. Daniel Pink in his seminal …

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