@alanfeirer had a great blog post this week about leadership and working with others. http://ow.ly/rFkhP Alan’s blog for his company, Group Dynamic, has many great insights and posts on leadership – check it out!
My post today focuses on thinking before crafting questions or requests. I realized yesterday that a request I made gave no indication of my true intent. I only made a request instead of laying out the idea I had to help in a rough situation for a student. I came off as only concerned about my subject and a specific instead of contributing to resolution of the student situation.
I learn a new lesson almost daily about electronic communication and how vital it is to think through all the factors before sending emails. Another email that I sent yesterday that explained my confusion about a question resulted in a quick, effective resolution through a short conversation this morning. I am hopeful that I can work to resolve the other situation, we’ll have to see how that goes.
In our school’s professional development we are exploring standards-based grading. Currently our topic of conversation is power standards. One of the best “ahas” for me came from my collaboration group when they put together what we’re doing now and how it can fit in to the power standards concept.
We have some standards that are in classes by year, some by gradespan. There are some standards that are vital for students to be proficient at this year because they need that standard to be successful in the next class or after graduation. There are other standards that need to be addressed but proficiency doesn’t need to be displayed because students will continue to see those standards in another class later.
This blog by Elena Aguilar describes one approach to increasing student achievement through power standards. She encourages teachers to focus their work, pick their standards, create quality assessments, and watch the students soar. Sit down with a hot cup of joe and enjoy How to Focus Lessons and Learning Goals | Edutopia.