The inverse power of praise

The inverse power of praise

This is not a new article, but courtesy of Doug Lemov who posted it to twitter I got to read it seven years later.  It has such huge implications for schools, referencing the research of Carol Dweck.  Some of the best classrooms I’ve ever been a part of were a product of structuring time around character development.  In short, praising the wrong qualities in kids creates dependency on that praise, and conditions a short attention span rather than the perseverance needed for most meaningful success.

Character education is an investment in children.  There are an increasing number of channels for students to subscribe to and develop their mindsets, but shouldn’t a school be the place that cultivates the right one?  What would a student seminar course on building a growth mindset look like?  Sign me up.


The NYSED teacher observation rubric for the new SBL exam

Has anyone seen this?  It’s a new teacher observation rubric for the redesigned school building leader exam I’ll be taking this June.  Four components make up three domains: engaging students in learning, deepening student learning, and maintaining a positive and challenging learning climate.  It’s a part of a 70 minute task where a 15 minute observation video is followed by furious typing and leadership candidates providing evidence for ratings in each of the domains.  The rubric is much more succinct than anything else I’ve seen in real practice.  Does this provide for enough opportunity to accurately assess teachers?

Upcoming presentation April 12 at Dowling College

My research has earned me an invitation to participate in a panel at Dowling College’s Ninth Annual Practical Research Symposium.  The title of the seminar is Educational Competitiveness in a Globalized World.  I will be presenting my research on educational leadership preparation.  Participants in this conference represent business, health care, education, and related fields.  The Annual Conference seeks to explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching, and training in social agencies.  Dr. Frank Chong, current President of Santa Rosa Junior College, and past deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the United States Department of Education will deliver the keynote address.

See the link below for more information!