Last week at the #TASSP14 Summer Workshop for Texas Secondary School Principals, I was able to attend some very good classes each day and will be able to utilize many of the ideas immediately as well as for this upcoming school year.
In addition to the classes that were held throughout the day, I was able to hear three excellent keynote speakers — Kevin Honeycutt, Pedro Noguera, and Todd Whitaker. Instead of taking noted during these sessions, I tweeted out my notes. Here is what I tweeted …
- Flipping classes can be easy. You don’t have to be Spielberg to do it.
- Don’t judge your students too hard. You never know what they are going through.
- Thank teachers who try new things.
- Be a “Funnel of Opportunity”
- Use Edmodo to post your student’s work
- A 3-fingered shop teacher talks about band saw safety !!! ( You can take this however you want to).
- The most dangerous place to be in school is … alone! (for a student, but also for teachers. Think about it).
- EMPOWERMENT comes from being trusted to attack learning according to your own strengths!
- “Digital Possibilities Group” — #GreatIdea
- The only one who can stop you is … you!
- This one I re-tweeted from @tjadams105 — Kids are playing on digital playgrounds and no one is on recess duty. (We must teach and model digital citizenship!!)
I really enjoyed this guy. He talked about his personal situations as a kid in and out of schools as well as what he is doing now as an educator and a school board member. I would highly recommend looking him up on on twitter — @kevinhoneycutt and also on YouTube.
Pedro Noguera — You can follow him on Twitter @PedroANoguera
- To move from good to great requires a different set of skills.
- We need honest conversations about what we need to do.
- Ask yourself — Where do we need ongoing growth?
- The most important work in schools — teaching and learning in the classrooms.
- ABT — “Ain’t Been Taught!!”
- Ask your students about your school.
- Culture matters!! And, you can’t mandate the culture of your school.
- The morale of your staff will affect the outcome of the students.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback.
- Poverty is not a learning disability!
- Staff development for teachers must be differentiated.
- Capacity building is a reflective process.
- Homework is an equity issue!
- We’ve got to build better partnerships with parents, despite all obstacles.
- Great idea!! – Have parent meetings on Saturday mornings rather than at night during the week.
- Be accountable to parents.
- Be willing to empower parents.
- Focus on getting kids excited about learning! This will raise student achievement.
- Re tweeted from Todd Nelsonsey (@TechNinjaTodd ) — If your school does just well with successful students , it’s like a doctor who’s just good with healthy patients.
I really liked his message. And I also liked how straight-forward he was. He didn’t hold anything back and was very thought-provoking.
Todd Whitaker — You can follow him on Twitter @ToddWhitaker. (I can honestly say that I was completely surprised how funny this guy was. I had seen some of his videos before and had read many of his books, and I knew he had some wit and humor; however; I was not expecting him to be so funny. Still, within all of his humor, there was a great message.)
- @ToddWhitaker is cracking me up!!
- New principal advice from @ToddWhitaker — Blame your predecessor. Blame the superintendent. Prepare 3 envelopes.
- Q -How’s your day? A – Great! Be positive!
- Whiners whine because … It works!
- Start treating people as if they are good.
- Shift the Monkey — have crummy people do some work.
- @ToddWhitaker is in the Power Zone!! @LYSNation
- Don’t respond to serial pouters. #ignore
- It doesn’t make sense to treat all teachers the same.
- Take care of the good people. #ShiftTheMonkey
- You can’t mandate effectiveness!
- Re-tweeted from Carrie Jackson (@jackson_carrie ) — Your worst teachers want to talk about hats, gum, cell phones, dress code … anything but teaching and learning.
These were three different speakers but had, at times, very similar messages. I am glad I listened to these guys and was able to take away some valuable pieces of their wisdom.