Creativity in Teaching—Taking Wisdom from a Dance Choreographer

What can a dance choreographer tell us about instilling creativity in our teaching? An enormous amount, actually. Let me recommend a book I picked up a while back on the subject of creativity—it’s called The Creative Habit, by one of the world’s leading dance choreographer’s Twyla Tharp. Having seen several of Twyla Tharp’s dances over… Continue reading Creativity in Teaching—Taking Wisdom from a Dance Choreographer

Teachers’ Positive Attitude Linked to Greater Intrinsic Motivation in Students

A long time ago, teachers saw the business of teaching as centered on the delivery of information and knowledge in a manner that was mostly strict, largely drills-based, and often coercive.  Then came along folks like John Dewey, Rudolf Steiner, and Jean Piaget, whose educational philosophies moved schools more toward a child-centered and whole child… Continue reading Teachers’ Positive Attitude Linked to Greater Intrinsic Motivation in Students

Seven Steps To Strengthen Work Ethic in Students

For quite some time in the educational world, teachers and school leaders have witnessed a gradual diminution of the work ethic among students. This is not surprising to any parents who take a moment to step back and survey what is happening—with their own children and their children’s peers. There is so much operating at… Continue reading Seven Steps To Strengthen Work Ethic in Students

Designing Our Way To Better Learning

Last week I attended a workshop at Harvard for corporate and organizational leaders on “Design Thinking” (thus the absence of my weekly blog posting last Friday). There is a lot I anticipate sharing with colleagues about this workshop, and this experience I know will feed future postings on my site. It truly was transformative for… Continue reading Designing Our Way To Better Learning

Is Your Crying Child Manipulating You?

It’s nothing new that kids will go home crying about what somebody did to them at school. The more problematic trend is the way that their parents respond. I’m experiencing a lot more episodes where parents are lambasting schools when their kids come home crying, claiming that the school has been negligent for not controlling… Continue reading Is Your Crying Child Manipulating You?

Schools—Should They Be Run More Like Corporations?

Over the last sixteen years, as I have headed private schools in four cities, I have encountered an increasing penchant among parents and board members in our school communities for using corporate lingo in their conversations about our schools and where they should be going:  Measurables, data, outcomes, entrepreneurial, innovation, cutting-edge, competitive advantage, business model,… Continue reading Schools—Should They Be Run More Like Corporations?

Getting More Challenge Into Our Schools

Parents demand a lot, ask a lot, and expect a lot from schools. Whether the demands fall under the educational, communication, or security aspects of schools, the noise is usually loud and constant. Rarely am I surprised by what they want, and nearly all the time I agree with them and want to move my… Continue reading Getting More Challenge Into Our Schools