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The T3 Framework for Technology

Last summer, I interviewed Sonny Magana about the T3 Instructional Framework.

It helps teachers use technology and has 3 levels:

  • Transitional
  • Transformational
  • Transcendent

Traditionally, technology's impact in schools on achievement has been quite low.

That's crazy. In my own life, technology's impact on my achievement has been astronomical. In your life, it has likely been the same. Sonny seeks to teach educators how to ensure that technology has an impact.

Here's the teaser video from Transformative Leadership Summit with Sonny Magana this summer.


Roles in a Trauma-Informed School

Trauma.

It happens.

Our kids are more exposed to it now than ever before.

We can either run from it, or we can deal with it head on.

I've created a resource to help you with it.

What's your role in a trauma-informed school? Are you a teacher? A counselor? A secretary? A principal? All of these roles impact a student.

And honestly, it takes everyone.

Here's the jpg version, or enter your email below and I'll send you a PDF of it, which is better for printing!

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Comparing Ourselves

A couple weeks ago I posted about not comparing yourself to others, and I have been thinknig a lot about that lately. Is this a natural human tendency? Probably.

I think it is also engrained in us through our educational process in the United States. Our system is set up to encourage kids to compare themselves to each other.

I had a conversation with someone the other day who said that nearly every young adult they work with is experience depression or anxiety.

If we seek our worth from comparing ourself to others, we are always going to find someone better than us, and that can be depressing.

Your value is not in your grades, your athletic skill, your looks, or anything else. You are valuable because you are a daughter or a son. Certainly of your parents, but more importantly because you a child of God.


The Lazy Kid

Kids want to be useful and contributing members of society. They want to be treated like responsible young people, sometimes even adults.

More often than not, when given the chance to rise to the occasion, I see children rise.

Rarely, however, do we actually give them the chance.

Here is a short story that has been played out every single year that I have been in education.

A student is described as lazy, disruptive, or uncaring by nearly every adult that is working with that child.

Plans are created to get the child to "buy into the system" and there is no response, again and again.

Finally, the adults realize that the student is not going to buy into their system, and they finally ask the student to design a system that is going to work for him or her.

When the student is finally given that chance, the behavior changes, and the student is suddenly no longer lazy, disruptive, or uncaring.

Rather than go through all this frustration trying to get the student to do the system we talk about, why don't we just start by engaging them, instead of focusing on getting them to buy into our system?


News or Opinion?

I've been thinking about trust a lot lately.

I read a news article about a church recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read a news article about a certain senator recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read a news article about a trial recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read a news article about ___ recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read an opinion piece recently. It looked just like the news articles mentioned above. I'm having an increasingly hard time trusting and discerning between news and opinion.

If it is hard for me as an adult, I can't imagine how difficult it is and is going to be for our kids.


Modern Learners on Transformative Principal

Today on the podcast, I have an interview with Will Richardson and Bruce Dixon of Modern Learners. It is a fantastic interview where they talk about Change.School and other great things that they are working on. 

We even go so far as to say that maybe all we need to teach is soft skills. 

Also, this week, I released a bunch of interviews that I did with kids at my school who are doing amazing things during our synergy block.

Finally, this week your opportunity for signing up for 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever closes. Speaking of modern learners, I really believe that this approach, where you go find your own "courses" to take is the future, and it is already here. If you're still on the fence, join a webinar right now!

If someone interviewed with me for a job, and they said they had taken Michael Hyatt's goal setting strategies to heart, there would be some things that I could assume about them:

  • They care about their own personal growth

  • They invest in themselves

  • They set and achieve goals that are meaningful to them

  • They are probably one of the best in their area

I can confidently assume all these things because I know Michael Hyatt's work. Even if I didn't know him, I would know all those things because that person participated in something that showed they had all the qualities. 

You have the chance to make 2019 better than ever, so join a webinar for 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever


Synergy Success Stories

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This week students presented their synergy projects to a panel of teachers that didn't know their projects. We had 37 projects greenlighted to continue, 18 that need some more organization before they continue, and 15 that were discontinued. 

We have seen some amazing efforts on this, *|FNAME|*, and it is amazing. 

I did some audio interviews with the top 8 synergy projects. What they have in common is that they all learned things that are the things that you said in a survey you really want your kids to learn: teamwork, collaboration, perseverance, grit, patience, overcoming challenges. These are presented in no particular order:

  1. Chess Club - This isn't your grandpa's chess club. These students are not only learning chess themselves, but they have partnered with Ladd elementary to teach chess to someone else. 

  2. Ed Videos - These students are creating educational videos to teach other students how to do stuff. Their target is 1-3 graders who will listen to something because it is not from an adult! 

  3. Tanana Step Crew - These students have expanded from their original start last year and are working on making bigger strides in their performances, and are actually performing in North Pole on Saturday. 

  4. Yurt - Students are creating a Yurt. They're following a plan and trying to create something cool. They've got it standing already.

  5. Drama - These students are creating short films about topics they are learning about in other classes. 

  6. SOS - Signs of Suicide helps students know how to talk about suicide in a safe and healthy way that gets kids help they need. In the past, this has been an after-school or during lunch group. With synergy, more students have access to participate because it is during the day. This group also has students who are part of TATU, Teens Against Tobacco Use. 

  7. Tanana Team Leaders - These students share their love of cheer, volleyball, and soccer with students at Ladd. The students come over on Thursday to learn about these sports. 

  8. Minty Business - These students are in the slow process of creating a candy business, starting with their own recipe for making butter mints. 

This is just 8 of the great projects that are engaging kids in something they can be passionate about and gives them an opportunity to learn without limitations. 

Synergy groups. Green means move forward, Yellow means needs more work, Orange means discontinued.