I recently listened to a great talk by Michael Fullan on Choosing The Right Drivers, and this may have been my favorite quote:
“If you are strong on the vision but weak in the strategy the wrong drivers will fill the vacuum.” Michael Fullan
I have recently been doing some writing for a great new site: ApppoLearning. Appolearning is geared toward helping parents find the best educational apps for their kids. What I like most about this site the the rubric that experts use to score apps, giving parents a consistent way to view the very best educational apps, sorted by a 100 point referenced score.
There are many sites that review educational apps but none take the solid approach that Appolearning does.
Check it our today!
I never valued writing until I began to really write. As a school leader, blogger, and podcaster I have had to hone my writing skills, and I will be the first to admit that they are still sub-par at best. One of the things that I have learned to do in order to improve my craft is to study the habits of great writers and to mimic great writing through intentional practice. Below are five resources that have helped me write better and practice better writing. As the old saying goes: “good, better, best, never let it rest. Till your good is your better, and your better is your best.”
1. Learn to mimic writing with this great book: How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One
2. Listen to great writers talk about writing: CSPAN Book Talk Playlist – Writers on Writing
3. Listen to poetry and writing history every day on The Writer’s Almanac
4. Avoid common grammar mistakes: Improve Your Writing by Avoiding These Twenty Common Grammar Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes
5. Follow some of these principles for writing clearly and coherently: Principles for Writing Clearly and Coherently
I am an avid reader and recently I came across an article that I think anyone who works with students in special education needs to read. And any parent out there should take the time to read this. I will say the piece is long, but it is worth every minute of your time.
1. Supervision and security
2. School discipline and classroom management
3. Criminal and civil law
4. School climate strategies
I ran across this recent story by NPR. In the story they highlight the fact that helping kids identify where letters and words are over just reading to them has a significant impact because you are teaching the child to find and follow words on the page, not just listen. My summary does not do the story any bit of justice so just listen already!