Sometime ago, a student came into my office and he spoke with passion about how he wished people would greet each other in the hallways. His eyes began to tear up as he described what I began to imagine was a community behaving in interdependent ways, each person having personal regard for others. What the […]

Now that another academic year is drawing to a close, it’s a worthwhile reflection to think about how we have used our time to focus on learning. It’s about time. A school year for an international school runs for an average of 180 days. That’s only 420 minutes of learning opportunities structured in a day, […]

Action plans have numerous practices that need to be implemented. Here’s a useful collaborative strategy for prioritizing implementation. I’ve used this with different schools including Canadian Academy in Kobe when I was working with Stephen Taylor and the CA faculty to implement creative inquiry. The Purpose of this Strategy The visualization of priorities using a […]

Is schooling completely future-oriented? What might be the boundaries presented to inquiring minds by orientation in time, place and space? The global context in the MYP “Orientation to time, place and space” presents the questions of “where” and “when,” as concepts organizing how individuals might think (IBO, 2015). Consider a few of the recurring misunderstandings in schools: […]

It is summative season once again. IB Exams are in progress. Summative teacher evaluations are due. Report cards are on the horizon, and schools are scrambling to get the last bits of data that will inform the next academic year’s instructional goals, both for children and adults. During this summative season, when we are reflecting […]

There are some ‘problems’ that surface every year in schools. One of these is the tug-of-war between being rigorous and inclusive. Sometimes, we think that the solution to every issue is to become more rigorous: raise the standards and the engagement and achievement will follow. Other times, we think that the solution to every issue […]

A quote that caught my attention on Twitter the other day is “So much school reform, and so few results.” What are our hunches why? Granted, there are a lot of moving parts to change leadership. Change is a layered, complex set of needs, thinking, action, assessment feedback, and iterations. As we reflect on the […]