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Now, while I don't pretend to be an expert on all of humanity, I do believe that it is primarily a way to prevent ourselves from looking foolish. There are few things in life more aversive than the idea that you didn't think it through or were, in some way, naive about…Continue
Added by Tom Schimmer on April 28, 2011 at 5:24pm — No Comments
This is something I’ve wondered about for a long time. Why is it that when students are unable to meet academic expectations we typically consider it an issue of what the student can’t do, but when a student is unable to meet behavioral expectations we typically consider it an issue of what the student won’t do?
Now, I know that is an overgeneralization, but I do think our collective outlook toward behavioral challenges is very different from academic challenges;…Continue
Added by Tom Schimmer on April 20, 2011 at 5:03pm — No Comments
It seems as though you either get math or you don’t. It also seems to be the only subject where it’s permitted for adults to admit they’re not very good at it either. As Kyle asked/commented on my blog about confidence…Continue
Now before I explain...a little disclaimer. This is not about "control" - it's about creating "conditions." The word management seems to have fallen so far out of favor that it feels necessary to use "air quotes" each time we…Continue
Over the last few years I have spent a fair amount of time reading the Tao Te Ching, a collection of verses authored by the Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu. Now I have been aware of this book for a long time, however, it's only in the last few years that I've really come to know it, study it, and reflect on the profound messages within it. It is a very short book - it can be read in one sitting - but the messages last forever. This is a book written 2500 years ago that is still relevant…Continue
My previous post (Leadership FOR Confidence) emphasized that leaders need to balance the hard and the soft – the structure and the soul – of leadership. Too much hard and we end up pushing at all costs; too much soft and we feel great about going nowhere. This is especially true when we consider implementing a new practice, policy, or routine.
Whenever something new is being implemented, it is important to make sure that the…
Added by Tom Schimmer on April 4, 2011 at 9:13am — No Comments
If it’s all about confidence then what role do leaders play in creating the foundation for confidence? In Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End, Rosabeth Moss Kanter suggests that as leaders, we are responsible for both the hard and the soft of leadership – the structure and the soul as she puts it. As school or district leaders, this is how we create the foundation of confidence for our teachers. Kanter…Continue