It is always time, isn’t it…to become abundantly clear on what we value and incredibly persistent in our pursuit? Perhaps this persistence should include thinking about space.
What if great spaces allowed […]
In service of purpose, outcomes are expressions of value and insights are perceptions on culture.
A segue: When I was a classroom teacher, I taught middle school Biology. I loved teaching. Every day explored […]
I always marvel at a line that includes so little and speaks so much.
Wasn’t it Albert Einstein who said?
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t know it well enough.”
And Steve Jobs?
“I have […]
I love these lists that make everything look so clear and easy. Seriously, I do.
Craig Badura took the liberty of visualizing George Couros’
“8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom:
This list […]
Structures and details enable success, but shared values expand success.
Conventional Wisdom: Systems change process. How individuals experience the process will determine the success of the sys […]
Emily Sargent Beasley wrote a new post, Serious about Collaboration? Ten conditions to ride the wave, on the site The Writing on the Wall 1 year, 8 months ago
Keith Sawyer identifies Ten Conditions that contribute to the Collaborative Experience…
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, Group Flow (p. 43-56)
Group Goal: The Goal emerges from the g […]
“If you are interested in something, you will focus on it…”― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Finding Flow
“What one focuses on grows.” Starting a Movement
Developing a shared Vision is never this easy; nor is it […]
Vision is a tricky thing.
We talk about it, refer to it, and call on it. At a strategic level, it’s important. At a logical level, it’s necessary. At an emotional level, whoa! We crave it. It’s big. Rea […]
Emily Sargent Beasley wrote a new post, Confronting Conflict: Facing the dragon and Receiving feedback, on the site The Writing on the Wall 2 years ago
Confronting Conflict is a skill and while some of us can lean into this skill more naturally than others, these skills can be nurtured in all of us.
Many find it incredibly difficult to confront conflict. Some […]
Collaboration is opportunity to examine the context of change for change. Collaboration invigorates an awareness of the self, clarifies an understanding of the task, encourages a shared belief in th […]
Emily Sargent Beasley wrote a new post, Collaboration: If pigs could fly and who’s to say they can’t, on the site The Writing on the Wall 2 years, 1 month ago
Let’s be honest, in our professional efforts we often intimate that the collaborative experience is a “feel good” one.
I think half the time we’re as much trying to convince others as ourselves.
We also […]
Amen, Emily, amen! As a course team leader, I have experienced both a collaborative process and a cooperative process in planning the year for our students. And collaboration ALWAYS beats out cooperation (even if it is simpler) because, as your movie points out, “cooperation – collaboration = disunity.” I wonder how this will affect your course 5 project for collaborative meetings? Do you think that there is a time and place for “cooperative” meetings as well as more “collaborative” ones? In schools, sometimes we need people to set directions (put wind in our proverbial sails) but sometimes we need a bunch of people to get together to row. How has this affected your approach to meetings this semester? Looking forward to chatting with you about this via e-mail soon!
I love the idea that rehearses in your mind so many times that when it reappears you think of it as a new idea until you realize it’s the same beautiful idea iterating itself forward.
An idea that is alway […]
HOW do we become essential to our students?
Anyone who acts with intentionality has the capacity to influence change. Intentionality elevates commitment and invites self-reflection and self-a […]
To illuminate the power of collaboration:
“Think back on a time when you engaged within a group that resulted in success.”
“What were the conditions?”
Commitment to the Vision?
Belief i […]
I bet you never asked yourself,
“What would the Pope have to say about leadership?”
I’m glad the Pope took the initiative.
Gary Hamel summarized the Pope’s 15 points or, as the Pope refers to them, d […]
Pasteur is often quoted as stating,
“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
What he really said was,
“In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind.”
I get why the opening phrase is often […]
Emily Sargent Beasley wrote a new post, Captured Musings as the learning continues: Rallying the Troops, on the site The Writing on the Wall 2 years, 9 months ago
Rallying the troops doesn’t necessarily engender the message.
Sharing and Supporting a Vision is not a Call to Rally the Troops, it’s a call to consider relevance, coordinate contributions, and communicate […]
It never ceases to amaze me how much I can learn about A while reading about B even if the intention is to reimagine C.
Shifting the Conversation requires Having […]
Emily Sargent Beasley wrote a new post, In support of a Collaborative Culture: Let’s challenge and change the prevailing culture of meetings, on the site The Writing on the Wall 2 years, 10 months ago
All in a Day of Teaching:
Teacher A: “Hey, what are you doing?”
Teacher B: “I’m going to a meeting.”
Teacher A: “Ah, poor you. What’s the meeting about?”
Teacher B: “Just a […]
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