Sunday, April 20, 2014

Leadership, Embracing Mistakes, and Wise Words from Ike

"Without the critical ingredient that is candor, there can be no trust. And without trust, creative collaboration is not possible.” — Edwin Catmull

“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done." — Dwight D. Eisenhower
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“When they enter our school each fall, our sixth-graders write about their hopes and fears for middle school. This year, 35 percent said their greatest fear was failing the state tests. At one of the most socially difficult times of their lives, over a third of our children have more anxiety about standardized tests than any other issue.” — The Faculty of P.S. 167

“Leaders: do things with us and for us, don't do things to us.” — Dr. Jeff Andrade

“We do not need educators who loudly proclaim to not get it when it comes to computers. We would not tolerate an educator in the 19th and 20th Centuries to loudly proclaim to not get it when it comes to reading books. This Century requires a new literacy and there is less and less room for illiterate educators to work alongside those who constantly strive to remain relevant.” — Thomas Whitby

“So why don't students view their mistakes as a valuable asset? Well, students don't think about their mistakes rationally -- they think about them emotionally. Mistakes make students feel stupid. "Stupid" is just that: a feeling . . . . Academic success does not come from how smart or motivated students are. It comes from how they feel about their mistakes.”— Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien

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