1. George,
    I love this from Shelly Wright: “But kids often defy expectations if we give them the opportunity.” Over 20 years ago, when I first started teaching, I wrote my teaching philosophy thusly: “When we trust our students, empower them to take charge of their education, and offer them the necessary support, they will astound us.” Your work, the work of Dan Ryder @wickeddecent, Don Wettrick @DonWettrick, Grant Lichtman, Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner, and so many others lets me know that we–so many of us now that there must be a critical mass–are such an important mission.

  2. I think resisting that negativity is easy for those of us who try to be innovative and are confident in our abilities. And have been around for a long time. It’s the new teachers coming in I worry about. Their enthusiasm can be easily quashed by a negative school culture. That’s why a positive PLN beyond the school is so important

    • Montrell McClendon

      I completely agree with your assessment of new teachers. It is important to surround and submerge them in the culture of the school so that they develop buy-in and loyalty to the principal and his or initiative.

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