Mentoring Matters for Elementary Principals: November and December 2014
Give gratitude, diminish stress. Numerous studies demonstrate the health benefits of practicing gratitude. This Slideshare explains why and how.
Top Ten Learning Needs of Teacher Leaders:
This month’s JSD includes a timely article by Gordon, Jacobs, and Solis (2014) regarding the learning needs of teacher leaders. As you organize to support the professional learning and development of teacher leaders in your system, consider targeting these areas:
The authors also make recommendation regarding the structure and design of professional learning for teacher leaders. Though they support site-based learning, they advocate for district-level coordination that results in teacher leaders from different schools coming together to learn common content and to practice a common set of skills. Additionally, they agree that the unique learning needs of teacher leaders can be best met, perhaps, at the school level. The implications for administrators include the need to deepen their understanding of the concept of distributed leadership and to know and support the learning needs of teacher leaders.
Read the full article (subscription required): Gordon, S. P., Jacobs, J., & Solis, R. (2014). Top ten learning needs for teacher leaders. JSD 35(6): 48-52.
Increasing Student Engagement:
Research indicates that students with low engagement are more likely to drop out of school, and students’ engagement in content-area reading results in increased student achievement. How do you support your teachers in engaging students and sustaining their motivation? ReLeah Cossett Lent offers insight and advice in her recent article “The Secret to Sustainable Learning.”
Is it engagement or entertainment? The answer rests in sustainability. If students remain motivated after the entertainment ends, have a sense of pride in the activity, find it relevant and authentic, lose time while engrossed in the activity, feel challenged, and believe they have autonomy to complete the activity, they are engaged.
Indicators of engagement/motivation:
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Read the entire article: Lent, R.C. (2014). The secret to sustainable learning. Principal Leadership, 15(4): 22-25.
December Monthly Checklist:
These lists are intended as a guide—we encourage you to process in your mentor-mentee team to identify other items that may need your attention!