On Leadership and Management
- Never think a job is too big or beyond your skill level. All jobs, regardless of scale or complexity, need to be approached with a positive, “I can do it” mindset.
- The keys to successful leadership are: relationships, relationships and relationships.
- The key to successful managing is empathy.
- Try to create environments where autonomy is fostered, people are given professional development opportunities to master their crafts, and actions are tied to meaningful purposes.
- Will what you’re doing now have a significant impact on student learning?
- Decisions based on data.
- Time is the most valuable currency.
- “Keep it simple, stupid.” Works every time.
- The focus of a meeting must always be action items.
- I believe in roles and responsibilities, and job descriptions.
- I believe in transparency.
- I believe in fostering a culture of taking the initiative and taking risks.
- I believe in showing gratitude.
- Be a smart worker, not a hard worker.
- Leaders should articulate the what to their subordinates (what they want); they shouldn’t articulate the how.
- Regret Minimisation Framework: (1) Project yourself forward into the future. (2) Look back on the decision. (3) Ask “Will I regret not doing this?” (4) Act accordingly.
On Teaching and Learning
- One of the keys to creating a motivated classroom is giving the students autonomy and the opportunity to work towards mastery and purpose.
- Communicate with students in studentspeak; not doing so only leads to confusion and disengagement.
- Actually listen when a student is talking to you; treat them the way you’d like to be treated.
- Approach large challenges with a top-down approach. Divide and conquer.
- In schools, tech coaches and technology go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other.
- How are we as teachers expected to measure the degree to which a student has met a technology standard if we ourselves haven’t fully met the standard?
- A school with technology but without a tech coach isn’t getting a good deal. They could be getting a great deal more “bang for their buck” if a tech coach were present.
- What will our students need to be successful in school and college? What will our students need to lead satisfying and productive lives? Collaboration and teamwork skills? Oral and written communication skills? Information literacy? Technology literacy? How many of these skills will be dependent on or require technology?
- A strong partnership with parents is essential to successful technology policies.
- The use of technology in the classroom, if integrated the right way, can lead to learning experiences that are deep and purposeful.
- I believe in decentralised solutions.