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Superintendent's Food for Thought

Conditions for Motivated Learning by Kathleen Cushman

  • Condition #1: We feel OK.
  • Condition #2: It matters.
  • Condition #3: It's active.
  • Condition #4: It stretches us.
  • Condition #5: We have a coach.
  • Condition #6: We have to use it.
  • Condition #7: We think back on it.
  • Condition #8: We plan our next steps.

Other people believe that intelligence is something that develops and grows. These people view ability as a repertoire of skills that is continuously expandable through one's efforts. Intelligence is incremental. People can get smart. When people think this way, they tend to invest energy to learn something new or to increase their understanding and mastery.

– Lauren Resnick


New Study Shows Intervention Has Big Impact on "Achievement Gap" by Larry Ferlazzo "A new study has found that having a positive relationship with a teacher around the age of 10-11 years old can markedly influence the development of 'prosocial' behaviours such as cooperation and altruism, as well as significantly reduce problem classroom behaviours such as aggression and oppositional behaviour. The research also found that beneficial behaviours…lingered for up to four years…"

Positive teacher-student relationships boost good behaviour in teenages for up to 4 years.

Eureka Report


Seth Godin's Blog: Seth Godin writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. I have found the following posts from his blog to be particularly thought-provoking:

And this can be our goal. Every day, with every action, to make something more civilized. To find more dignity and possibility and opportunity for those around us, those we know and don't know. Hence the imperative. Our associations, organizations and interactions must begin with a standard of civility. Our work as individuals and as leaders becomes worthwhile and generous when we add to our foundation of civilization instead of chipping away at it.

– Seth Godin


Every Student Is At Risk, by Eric Fox:  As I read this commentary a few weeks ago In Education Week, I thought about the profound importance of our work as teachers and leaders of young people. I ask you to reflect on the author’s assertion that every student is “at risk of not developing his or her potential.” Then accept the author’s challenge to view each student through the lens of what they can become and know that you are the critical link between what could be and what will be for our students.

Each student who crosses the classroom threshold is at risk. They may not be "at risk" according to the definition the government requires for the program your administrator wants. They may not seem "at risk" to themselves or their parents, but they are.

Every child, adolescent, or young adult who enters our school doorways is at risk of not developing his or her potential.

– Eric Fox

Speeches and Articles

Dr. Kilgore