Edclick

Edclicking

By Dr. Harry Tennant

Edclicking

by Harry Tennant
Blog RSS feed
Share this blog with email Share this blog on Facebook Share this blog on Twitter Share this blog on LinkedIn

Show recent posts

Show posts with most recent comments

Keywords:

21st Century Skills (1)
ads (3)
Aeries (1)
after action review (1)
after-action review (1)
API (1)
Behavior Manager (6)
behavior policies (1)
Behavior Questionnaires (2)
blogs (1)
carrots and sticks (3)
challenge (2)
change (1)
character builders (1)
check for use (1)
Check In/Check Out (1)
checklist (1)
child-driven education (1)
classroom management (1)
classroom mangement (1)
coaching (1)
collaborative learning (6)
confirmation bias (1)
continuous improvement (79)
cost savings (7)
creativity (1)
deliberate practice (3)
discipline (2)
Discipline Manager (2)
Dragon (1)
Edclick (1)
Edison (1)
education (1)
email bankruptcy (1)
email-to-SMS (1)
enthusiasm (2)
entrepreneurship (3)
evidence-based practices (1)
experiments (1)
FAQ: Behavior Manager (63)
FAQ: Community Service Manager (1)
FAQ: Intervention Manager (7)
FAQ: Lesson Plan Manager (2)
FAQ: Testing Manager (6)
FAQ: Tutoring Manager (3)
function of behavior (1)
funding (1)
getting started (24)
habits (3)
improvement log (1)
info hub (1)
Innovation (1)
Intervention Manager (1)
Isaac Asimov (1)
ISV Partner Program (1)
Jamie Oliver (1)
knowedge work (1)
lesson plans (1)
liberal education (1)
measurement (1)
mentoring (3)
merit points (1)
mission (1)
mitra (1)
motivation (1)
motivations (1)
NCLB (1)
nutrition (1)
one-click merits (1)
online instruction (1)
online learning (2)
parental involvement (4)
PBIS (6)
PBL (3)
PDCA cycles (1)
Pearson (1)
perfection (1)
planning (1)
positive feedback (1)
PowerSchool (1)
Practice Classroom Management Skills (2)
Practice in Classroom Management Skills (1)
process improvement (1)
processes (1)
Professional learning communities (1)
progress (4)
projects (1)
punishment (1)
reflection (4)
Restorative Discipline (1)
restorative justice (1)
rewards (1)
RtI (1)
rubric (1)
run chart (2)
science of education (1)
self-serving bias (1)
service and fees (11)
small groups (1)
social skills club (1)
star chart (1)
STEM (5)
student imports (1)
success (3)
super rich educators (1)
surprises (1)
teach expectations (1)
teaching effectiveness (1)
Testing Manager (1)
thank you teachers (1)
time saving (3)
tips (18)
tweak (2)
using discipline manager (8)
using School Site Manager (7)
values (1)
virtual classrooms (1)
volunteers (3)
waste (2)
wealth (1)
weightloss (1)
wikis (6)

Keyword Cloud

Archive:
2010
    November (4)
    December (4)
2011
    February (8)
    March (13)
    April (12)
    May (4)
    June (2)
    July (12)
    August (12)
    September (8)
    October (9)
2012
    January (5)
    February (12)
    March (10)
    April (12)
    May (11)
    June (5)
    July (1)
    September (2)
2013
    January (22)
    February (29)
    July (6)
    August (14)
    November (1)
2015
    July (2)
    August (5)
    September (4)
    October (1)
2017
    October (2)
    November (7)
    December (2)

Entries with keyword: challenge
Posts 1 - 2 of 2

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What schools can change

In order to improve, schools need to change. Where are the opportunities?

Mission, Vision & Strategy: The real question is, what should be important to us as a school? School missions typically include enabling student achievement. I recommend an addition: continuous improvement of student achievement. We should always strive to do better. 

Technology: What are the opportunities that new technology offers in support of our mission? And the flip side, let's not get distracted by new technology toys unless they help us meet our most important challenges.

Human-Behavior Changes: We can change knowledge and skills of the staff to better address our mission and challenges. We must take in-service training seriously, in alignment with our challenges.

Process Design: We can change the processes for how we do things, from the way classrooms are cleaned to the way we ensure alignment with state learning objectives to the process for curriculm renewal. By changing the processes we make changes that last.

Organization Stucture: We can change how we work together to accomplish our mission. For example, while we now have teachers isolated in their classrooms, we may find that team teaching or project-based learning with cross-curriculum objectives better addresses our challenges.

Organizational Culture: Changing the school's culture comes down to changing the values and beliefs that give rise to our challenges and guide our choices and mission. In many cases, the first step is to articulate the values and beliefs that drive the school. In many schools, that's never been done.

Posted at 12:00 AM (permalink) 0 Comments View/Leave Comment Share this post with email Share this post on Facebook Share this post on Twitter Share this post on LinkedIn
Keywords: continuous improvement, challenge

 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Challenge comes before improvement

I've been talking a lot about continuous improvement recently in this blog. But before we get improvement, we must have something else:

Challenge

Challenge is what motivates improvement. It is the "why" for improvement. Here's how it fits into a program of continuous improvement.

The Five Questions

  1. What is your target condition here? (In other words, what is your current challenge?)
  2. What is the actual condition now?
  3. What obstacles are now preventing you from reaching the target condition? Which one are you addressing now?
  4. What is your next step?
  5. When can we go and see what we have learned from taking that step?

Challenges may come about in different ways. For example, a challenge may be taking advantage of an opportunity. Online formative tests, for example, can be checked and provide specific and immediate student feedback. We may see applying online formative tests as an opportunity to improve results on summative tests. So, the process is to acquire the ability to do online formative tests, provide the tests to the students and then review the results at the end of the unit.

More commonly, challenges arise from what we want to achieve for our students. A common challenge these days is to raise standardized test scores. Of all the possible ways we might address that challenge, we might first focus on aligning our courses with the standard learning objectives.

Challenges of opportunity are good when they align with the goals of the school and they address the highest priority changes to be made. Otherwise, challenges of opportunity may be distractions from the work that really needs to be done.

Posted at 12:00 AM (permalink) 3 Comments View/Leave Comment Share this post with email Share this post on Facebook Share this post on Twitter Share this post on LinkedIn
Keywords: continuous improvement, challenge

  Posts 1 - 2 of 2
Edclick
732 Northwood Drive
Flower Mound, Texas 75022