Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fear is a prison

May 22, 2013 by Scott McLeod As Howard Rheingold notes, The technology affords an environment in which students [can] take on more of the power and responsibility for their own learning. But we don’t see that. Instead, we see  READ … Continue reading

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Dealing with the Dysfunctionally Defensive

Whenever we teach our Front Line Leadership program for supervisors and managers, inevitably we get approached by a frustrated participant who has an employee with a seemingly bizarre behavior that seems to defy logic. The key indicator of a dysfunctional … Continue reading

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The LePage administration decided ahead of time how many A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s it would hand out.

May 13 Mike Tipping: School grading system intentionally flawed to achieve a goal The LePage administration decided ahead of time how many A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s it would hand out. Two weeks ago, I wrote a column (“LePage’s … Continue reading

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Is Jeff Bliss a Rotten Apple or a Gold Star?

Originally posted on The Internaut:
On Monday, an incident occurred between a student and teacher in a social studies class at Duncanville High School in Dallas, Texas.  The incident was caught on video, posted on YouTube, and quickly went viral…

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Devious Political Tactics: Mis- and Disinformation

by Rick Brenner Practitioners of workplace politics intent on gaining unfair advantage sometimes use misinformation, disinformation, and other information-related tactics. Here’s a short catalog of techniques to watch for. READ MORE…. REBLOGGED FROM: Point Lookout – Chaco Canyon Consulting Richard … Continue reading

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Advantages of Conflict At Work

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management:
Conflict in itself is neither good nor bad, it is just conflict.  It is how people handle the conflict that will determine if it leads to a positive or negative outcome. Conflict is bound…

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What we can learn from the rise and fall of Michelle Rhee

by Jason Stanford on April 17,2013 At some point, we need to stop believing in miracles, at least in education. While we’re still getting over the RICO indictments handed down in the Atlanta cheating scandal comes the revelation that the … Continue reading

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Taking the Dread Out of Performance Reviews

Originally posted on The Hot Toddy: On Living Fully & Leading Well:
When it comes to performance reviews, there are two absolute truths for every organization: 1. No manager wants to write it or give it. 2. Every employee wants…

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“I Don’t Trust You”: Ending Employee Policies That Communicate Distrust

Originally posted on The Hot Toddy: On Living Fully & Leading Well:
Bloomberg Businessweek posted an article today here by Liz Ryan that sarcastically expresses in actual language what so many management policies communicate through their origination and enforcement: We…

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The First Race to the Top

Opinion By WILLIAM J. REESE Published: April 20, 2013 FOR the nearly 50 million students enrolled in America’s public schools, tests are everywhere, whether prepared by classroom teachers or by the ubiquitous testing industry. Central to school accountability, they assume … Continue reading

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