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  1. What Do Teachers Make?

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    by Taylor Mali

    he dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.

    He argued: “What’s a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

    He reminded the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about teachers: “Those who can…do. Those who can’t…teach.”

    To corroborate, he said to another guest: “You’re a teacher, Susan,” he said. “Be honest. What do you make?”

    Susan, who had a reputation of honesty and frankness, replied, “You want to know what I make?”

    “I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.”

    “I make kids believe in themselves when no one else will.”

    “I make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face if the student did not do his or her very best.”

    “I make parents tremble in fear when I call home”

    “You want to know what I make?

    “I make kids wonder.”

    “I make them question.”

    “I make them criticize.”

    “I make them apologize and mean it.”

    “I make them write.”

    “I make them read, read, read.”

    “I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, and definitely beautiful over and over and over again, until they will never misspell either one of those words again.”

    “I make them show all their work in math and hide it all on their final drafts in English.”

    “I make them understand that if you have a dream, then follow it…and if someone ever tries to judge you by what you make or what you do, you pay them no attention.”

    “You want to know what I make?!”

    “I make a difference.”

    “What about you?”

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  2. School Culture: The Hidden Curriculum

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    Walk into any truly excellent school and you can feel it almost immediately — a calm, orderly atmosphere that hums with an exciting, vibrant sense of purposefulness just under the surface. Students carry themselves with poise and confidence. Teachers talk about their work with intensity and professionalism. And despite the... 1
  3. Socratic Teaching

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    The oldest, and still the most powerful, teaching tactic for fostering critical thinking is Socratic teaching. In Socratic teaching we focus on giving students questions, not answers. We model an inquiring, probing mind by continually probing into the subject with questions. Fortunately, the abilities we gain by focusing on the... Comment
  4. THE LEADERSHIP TRAP

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    Are you a high-performing leader working full tilt to make your dreams come true? And have you ever been weighed down by any of the following experiences? You’ve been thrown for a loop—by the actions of others or by your own mistakes—and the resulting snafu was surprisingly gut-wrenching. You’ve tried... Comment

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