Here’s your weekly dose of FIVER FRIDAY, a list of what I've found useful or informational this week concerning education.
Book I'm revisiting (and revisiting... and revisiting... and revisiting...)--
Coherence is probably the greatest educational leadership book I've read. The author, Michael Fullan, was in Bakersfield on Tuesday this week, and I had the good fortune of seeing his presentation. If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading Coherence. This book is going to have a huge impact on education in the years to come. In fact, it already has.
Movie I'm watching--
I put Netflix on for my kids the other day and played a movie entitled The Little Prince. As they watched, I sat nearby at our dinner table read a book about data, measurement, and educational theories. The movie kept pulling my attention away from my reading, however, because the film's main theme was in such stark contrast to the information contained in my education book. If you enjoyed Inside Out because of it's ode childhood, you'll probably like The Little Prince.
Tip of the week--
I love this: An Academic Coach in PBVUSD has started her own weekly newsletter where she shares valuable information with her staff. You can check it out here. (You may need to ask permission to view the doc.) I highly recommend doing something like this if you're a leader at a school site!
Excerpt I'm pondering--
"In The Talent Code, author Daniel Coyle tells a remarkable story about Coach John Wooden, who led the UCLA basketball team to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and 1970s. When he studied Wooden's practices, he noticed few pep talks, and no conversation that wasn't accompanied with immediate practice of the skill. Moreover, Wooden wouldn't focus on mastering every aspect of basketball: he would work with each athlete to practice one small part at a time. As Coyle notes, quoting Wooden: "Don't look for the big, quick improvement. See the small improvement one day at a time. That's the only way it happens. And when it happens, it lasts."-- Leverage Leadership, page 72
Quote I'm pondering--
"Men who think of themselves as indispensable are almost always wrong."--William Manchester
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