Truth: I’m at a 2-day seminar for women educators interested in leadership. It is being led by a dynamic current head of school who has made it her mission to help stock the pipeline with capable women who belong in international school leadership. We’re talking about the power of storytelling. Strong stories, told well… Continue reading What’s My Story?
I used to think that I understood children and that therefore I could become a good teacher. Now I see that my understanding of children is only partial, and with regards to individual children, actually illusory. I think I understand them but really I’m just applying rough proxies which don’t work for this child. Or… Continue reading I used to think…
Through the marvels of technology, I am now in the habit of listening to strangers talk about education: how to teach, how to learn, how to teach students how to learn, and so on. That said, I am thinking now about reading the words of someone whom I know and work with. Listen to this:… Continue reading No Stranger’s Words
Just at the end of a six month tenure with the official title of “Project Leader,” I am feeling a great deal of pride, relief, exhaustion and wonder. As part of a volunteer organization, I had the pleasure of leading a fantastic group of 8 professional women. In total we represented 8 different nationalities and… Continue reading Chief Enthusiasm Officer
When we experience new learning that is exciting and valuable, we are often bubbling over with the desire to share and to envelop others in our heartfelt enthusiasm. I’ve recently returned from exactly that kind of learning experience. A seminar where I left feeling love and gratitude for everyone in the room, where I had… Continue reading On Becoming Adaptive
Several months ago I jumped at the opportunity to write a guest blog post on emotional intelligence and educational leadership. Of course that’s a very broad area on which much has already been written. As I began to delve into the world of educator connectedness through twitter and a variety of blogs, I got very… Continue reading More questions than answers
When was the last time you entered a conversation with the deliberate intent to focus your attention on the interests, needs and desires of your partner? Usually we are motivated to speech in order to meet our own immediate needs: to gain someone’s attention or to get something done. I tell my spouse about my work day… Continue reading It’s you