Why Support the Arts?

I recently learned of the following information and feel that it builds nicely on my last two posts: Do the Arts Make Kids Smarter? and The Arts Are Good For… As I have written in earlier posts, studies continue to show the value of the arts as basic in education....

Role of Questioning (Part II)

In last month’s post, I talked about the role of questioning in the classroom. My own curiosity about questioning, and my awareness of the positive impact genuine questions can have, comes from my experience as an artist, as a teacher, and particularly as an...

Leadership Self Assessment

I work with principals on a number of initiatives that require them to take an active instructional leadership role in their school. In talking with them, I often touch on two themes: the symbolic nature of their role and how to take advantage of it; and the need for...

Planning for Instruction, Update!

One of the great things I get to do is to help teachers plan. I don’t necessarily help them plan individual lessons anymore, as much as I do help them plan long-term routines. I wrote a post three years ago on my own blog that discussed planning for instruction with...

Lessons from Haiti

Schools in Haiti have reopened this spring for the first time since a 7.0-intensity earthquake devastated that Caribbean nation on January 12. I have a personal tie to Haiti: My son, a journalist, is based there, survived the quake, and is continuing to tell the story...