The Master Teacher Blog

The Master Teacher Blog

Take Care of Yourself
Take Care of Yourself
Principals often go through life buying into a guilt concept that If I do something that makes me feel better—either physically or mentally—I’m depriving those...
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Ensuring Good Post-Meeting Follow-Up
Ensuring Good Post-Meeting Follow-Up
We have all had the experience of concluding what felt like a productive meeting. Several items were identified for follow-up. Other items were marked for...
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Compromise’s Companion
Compromise’s Companion
If consensus is the handmaiden of compromise, then principals should exercise special awareness of the dangers of running a school through either practice. History is...
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Besties and Boundaries
Besties and Boundaries
A promising teacher leader from your building comes to you for advice. “Now that I have the credentials to become a principal, what advice would...
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Helping Others Reach Their Goals
Helping Others Reach Their Goals
By Stephen Allen Teachers are helpers of students. As an administrator, you should be the lead helper of helpers. Consider the following checklist to improve...
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The Power of “We”
The Power of “We”
All of us have referred to the government, our bosses, or the evening news as “they” (i.e., what “they did” or what “they said”). As...
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Leadership Insight: Increasing Meeting Participation
Leadership Insight: Increasing Meeting Participation
From time to time we all have led groups that,...
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Five Tips for Coaching Teachers Well
Five Tips for Coaching Teachers Well
Coaching is the discipline that harnesses the power of teachers....
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Rethinking a Common Practice: Lesson Objectives on the Board
Rethinking a Common Practice: Lesson Objectives on the Board
Over the past several years, many principals have established the...
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Close Opportunity Gaps by Getting to Know Your Students
Close Opportunity Gaps by Getting to Know Your Students
As schools focus increased attention on student achievement, they often...
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A Tale of Two Schools
A Tale of Two Schools
By Donald Hammond, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hammond, Ph.D. There are...
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Taking the Pulse on Teacher Engagement
Taking the Pulse on Teacher Engagement
How can we assess the level of teacher engagement in...
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Mid-Year Freshmen Are Still Freshmen!
Mid-Year Freshmen Are Still Freshmen!
High school freshmen will view their first year of high...
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Improve Teacher’s Performances in Basic Ways
Improve Teacher’s Performances in Basic Ways
Improve Teachers’ Performances in Basic Ways I was once struck...
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Taking the Blame

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If we want those being led to accept responsibility, we must try accepting total—not partial—blame for everything and anything that …