Category Archives: Joy

Leadership Opportunities in a Climate of Fear

I’m shocked! Shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here. —Claude Rains in “Casablanca” The powerlessness of people on a school bus in Upstate New York on June 23, 2012, resonated with people all over America. Four seventh … Continue reading

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So, You Are a Graduate. So What?

“I have a proclamation: Let today be the last day we joke that we are stupid or crazy. It’s not clever to pretend we hate what we love, and it wasn’t wrong study it. “Let today be the last day … Continue reading

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Children Want Social Responsibility

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” –Albert Einstein Yesterday at 8:26AM, I stepped away from my job of shaking hands and greeting incoming students at the front door of the school to talk to a student … Continue reading

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Relationships are the Key to Performance not Ability

We all want our children to “work up to their ability,” but how do we measure that? Traditionally, one starts by “evaluating” the child to determine a “baseline” of ability. The problem is that such results are artificial and distort … Continue reading

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Authority that Increases the Authority of Others

When evaluating a school, getting there before school starts can be very useful. You get to see the bearing of the teachers as they arrive. You can read their emotional tone as they greet people. You can assess the enthusiasm … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Authority, Challenge, Character, Charter Schools, Children, Constructivist Education, Creativity, Decision Making, Discipline, Disobedience, Education, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Fun, Genius, Greatness, Happiness, High School Acceptance, Inspiration, Joy, Leadership, Learning community, Montessori Education, Parenting, perseverance, Play, Resilience, Respect, Responsibility, school culture, School Reform, Self-Actualization, Self-determination, Social Responsibility, Success, Teaching, teenager | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments