Friday, March 16, 2007

Friday Spotlight on LeaderTalk

I was invited to write a post monthly on a new blog site -- LeaderTalk. So, I am taking off this Friday from "spotlighting" new faculty to put a spotlight on this initiative.

Scott McLeod, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota, contacted various school administrators who he found "blogging." I am signed up to post on the 16th of each month. Today, you can find my first post on LeaderTalk.

LeaderTalk is the first group blog written by school leaders for school leaders. The goal is to provide insights and resources beneficial to P-12 administrators and educational leadership preparation programs.

LeaderTalk (see "Tell Me a Story")

Enjoy -- and enjoy your weekend.


Anonymous said...

Mr. Jones
Your story in LeaderTalk, especially about the exercise with the teachers and students names, was touching. If you do conduct the same exercise here may it have an enormously positive impact on those students in need. However I would like to also draw your attention to a sadly growing population in our grade schools. Those students, with adequate support from home, but who are losing their love for school and pride in their work because "it just doesn't matter". Class is consistently being disrupted by children who are exhibiting unacceptable behavior (it is becoming common place), breaking code of conduct and displaying a number of signs from the "stop school violence link" The time and effort of the teachers is going to these students and the others are falling by the wayside. There is no time for the teachers to recognize, much less compliment or offer extra challege/inspiration to, someone who has put forth extra effort when they are constantly putting out fires. It can't all come from home. Children are more apt to want to impress their teachers vs parents if they thought their teachers had time to take notice. Can't we get more in-class support (1:1) for those students with such disruptive behaviors issues. This will offer them a better opportunity to succeed and let the teachers go back to teaching and inspiring. A win-win situation!

Joseph Jones said...

Thank you for your post. I suspect that there is a specific issue of concern. What you write about is not a common occurrence in our school classrooms. Obviously, if there are disruptions occurring in your child’s classroom, it takes on very serious, personal concern.

I suspect that you have spoken with your child’s principal; if not, I would direct you there first. Otherwise, I hope that you will reach out to me directly so that we can discuss this matter in more detail.