Andrew's Blog – December 2007 Archive (4)

How Do You Market Yourself?

Every time you teach, you are marketing your character. You are marketing your character, your efficiency, your trustworthiness and your resourcefulness. You are marketing to gain the trust of your customers (students). How?





By giving constructive feedback early and often: You gain trust that you care.

By demonstrating how to solve the same problems asked of students: You gain student confidence in your abilities and respect of your skills.

By creating opportunities for… Continue

Added by Andrew on December 20, 2007 at 9:48am — No Comments

Do Administrators Fear Education 2.0?

I believe that fear of the Internet by parents, administrators and school boards is blocking the opportunity for real learning to take place in schools. Most school districts have Internet use policies in place.

These policies, however, are restrictive and punitive. Very few

Internet policies in school districts encourage the use of the Internet

as a learning tool in the classroom.…

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Added by Andrew on December 3, 2007 at 7:28am — 7 Comments

'Thank You So Much' Is Not An Answer

Seth Godin writes about the ubiquitous practice by businesses of sending their customers away without solving their problems. Somewhere along the line,

businesses bought into the notion that if you ‘appear to be listening’

that’s all people want anyway.

It is, of course, maddening if you are on the receiving end of this “service”. I have experienced it. Worse than this, though, is when it…

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Added by Andrew on December 3, 2007 at 7:15am — 1 Comment

Do You Know Educational Leaders Who Are Drowning?

Most educational leaders are drowning. They are drowning in data. They are drowning in competing interests. They are drowning in personnel problems, parent problems, student problems. Consequently,

they are also drowning in self doubt.

Unless!

Unless, they have a clear philosophy that grounds ALL of their choices, responses and actions. Without a detailed “desired outcome” for their school/district, decisions are not decisions. Decisions are

reactions; reactions to…

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Added by Andrew on December 2, 2007 at 6:20pm — 3 Comments

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