Archive | September, 2012

Change Behavior First, Beliefs Will Follow

27 Sep


NPR Story: Teacher Expectations
A very interesting study was published last week outlining the power of teacher expectations on students and learning outcomes. Alix Spiegel of NPR has reported on the subject masterfully.

The final verdict: Teachers, you have an inordinate amount of power, and children live up to your expectations. . Being mindful of your thoughts, convictions, and assumptions will help you reach out to each student in your class.


NCLB Waiver

26 Sep

Click the link below to listen to Laura Knoy’s conversation with state officials regarding New Hampshire’s NCLB waiver. The story reiterates our discussion from the August faculty meeting and provides an outsider’s view on the education reform process in New Hampshire. NHPR Story

There is a lot of change to come in our educational system, and, while we wait for the important decisions to be made, a lot of uncertainty exists. What we do know, however, is that the more we reflect, devote ourselves to continuous improvement, use data, and have high expectations for our students the more prepared we and our students will be.


A Long Time Coming…

24 Sep

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted to this blog.  Welcome back, I hope you’ll keep coming back.  We’ve had some technical problems, due to an overzealous web filter, but I think we’ll be back on track shortly.  So for now, just to get rolling.  I thought that I would share a quote that was brought to my attention by a colleague the other day.

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.”

Haim Ginott

Reading and rereading this quote has provided me with a reminder of why we do what we do.  It has reminded me to keep perspective when buses do not run as planned or 12 students’ MAP tests freeze and cannot be resumed for 4 consecutive days.  So, if you see a smile on my face while walking amongst our students, chances are, I’ve got Mr. Ginott on my mind.


Have a great day!