Scheduling Your Focus

Scheduling Your Focus

Another coaching call, another problem with focus. It went like this: Me: How’s your focus been this week? Her: Awful, just awful? Me: Why, what happened? Her: Yesterday, I was trying to get this simple parent letter out. It should have been a 15-minute chore, but it...
Focus as a New Form of Intelligence

Focus as a New Form of Intelligence

Focus as a New Form of Intelligence I had just gotten off a recent coaching call with a principal and was writing up my notes on our conversation: I was starting to note a pattern. All of the calls this week had gone something like this. Me: So, how are you doing?...
Reflecting on the Year and Next

Reflecting on the Year and Next

The parties are all done. The grades have posted; the awards all handed out. The final goodbyes said as everybody heads out on summer vacation. Now you finally have unrushed time to sit and reflect. As a school leader, you are probably thinking about the previous...
Changing Mindsets Part 3

Changing Mindsets Part 3

Over the past few blogs, a model of conceptual change for teachers labeled the Cognitive-Affective Model of Conceptual Change was explored. In simplest terms, this model suggests that when somebody proposes a new idea, teachers appraise the idea cognitively and...
Changing Mindsets Part 2

Changing Mindsets Part 2

In our last blog, we began discussing one of the most challenging problems to solve for educational leaders: changing the mindsets of teachers to embrace new ideas, reforms, and changes. We know that action often precedes changes in beliefs, but getting people to act...