Mafost MashupDec 19, 2018
Our Duty to Subvert in Education
One Final Question
Principal Interview Tips - Get The Gig!
5 Reasons Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers is Plain Wrong
March 2, 2020
Innovation, Risks, and the Anchor
Moving into the Edupreneur Space
What If Schools
Three What Ifs that could spur creativity in finding solutions for the challenges in your school.
Time Management for Principals - Research, Tip, Concept (108)
Episode 108 is focused on time management for principals and provides recent research from new principals, a time management tip for power meetings, and an essential leadership concept - the circle of influence.
Why is it that some principals always feel like there's a monkey on their back...they're always frayed and ran to the end of their energy? Yet others can complete all the tasks of the day with a sense of calm and the headspace to lead as their selves. Time management is the difference.
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6 Ways to Lead Learning During The Struggle
Permission to Struggle. Survival Instincts. The amygdala. These are all tied up in the learning process and the school culture. In this, episode 107, you'll get 6 ways to lead learning in the struggle.
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Two Pressures That Resist Change (Wall Building & Conformity Bias)
Understanding these two pressures can help any principals avoid plateaus and headaches associated with change resistance. Wall building and conformity bias are little known pressures that exert large influences on school cultures. Here's what to do about them.
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Two End of Year Announcements
Instructional Coaches, 4 Missed Opportunities
Clerical Work, Substituting, Intervention, Inner Circle. These are four common missed opportunities and missteps when utilizing the role of instructional coaching.
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Vision vs Vision Statements (Two Examples of Vivid Visions)
Bonus: Real Gift of Gratitude
Three Communication Missteps (Rebroadcast)
Clarity and Toxicity (Ep100 Rebroadcast)
Clarity and Toxicity, Matt sits with Hal Bowman and discusses real-life experiences with school cultures, including: -Shaping School Culture vs. Letting It Happen -Creating a Tribe -Bringing Clarity to the School Vision and Purpose -Uncertainty and Toxic Cultures that Result -The anxiety of the Unknown -Finding the Right Fit -Unintentional Culture Viruses -Communicating with Clarity Principals, instructional coaches, and educational leaders will receive helpful insights into why toxic cultures form and how to turn them around.
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Elisabeth Bostwick on Efficiency Problems, Emotional Safety, and Shaping Culture
Elisabeth Bostwick is the author of Take the LEAP: Ignite a Culture of Innovation. In this episode she shares actionable ideas related to the efficiency problem, building emotional safety in classrooms, and shaping classroom cultures.
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What are Principals Learning?
Principals Mark French, Lauren Higgins, Chris Chappotin, Heather Patterson, Cathy Jacobs, Chris Legleiter, and Jon-Eric Zaier join the episode to share what they are currently learning about:
- Leading Community with Purpose
- Creating a Sense of Community in a Large School
- Asking for Help
- Being a part of a Principal Network
- Empowering Teachers
- Reaching Students Each Day
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Confrontation and Candor
If you're going to lead, there will be tough conversations. But that's not the same thing as tough confrontation.
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Mistakes Made Lessons Learned Part 2
Elisabeth Bostwick, Chris Chappotin, Jon-Eric Ziaer, and Chris Legleiter share mistakes they made and lesson they learned from their experiences leading learning. Topics include:
- Asking for Help
- Context Switching - Finding Your Identity
- Priorities, Management vs Leadership
- Given the Right Feedback after Walkthroughs
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Purchase Elisabeth's Book, Take the Leap: Ignite a Culture of Innovation, at https://amzn.to/2BawzEq
What's A Mistake That Made You Better?
Mark French, Heather Patterson, Cathy Jacobs, and Lauren Higgins discussion four lessons.
- Student Discipline.
- Letting Go.
These amazing school leaders and principals share mistakes they made that made them better.
Next week, we'll continue this conversation with Elisabeth Bostwick, Jon-Eric Ziaer, Chris Chappotin, and Chris Legleiter.
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Preview Mark French's New Book https://amzn.to/2IyF7t3
Emotional Hijackers and Problem Solving That Doesn't Work
Rational problem-solving doesn't work (most of the time). This episode shares a quick strategy that does.
- Are We Rational Thinkers?
- Four Steps to Rational Problem-Solving
- Actionable Empathy, Not Just Venting
- Who Controls the Conversation?
- 3 Tips to Communicate a Sense of Calm
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Bonus: Fear Equation for Decision-Making
Phrases to Help with Tough Conversations
Tough conversations are an unavoidable part of life. In school leadership, having the right words to say will compound your leadership influence. Here are 9 phrases that can help you navigate difficult conversations in your work.
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18 Questions in 8 Minutes
Every school leader needs questions. We lead with questions. We learn from questions. Here are 18 questions for school leadership, management skills, and instructional systems.
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Brief History of Management
Innovation - Three Riffs
Obstacles and Traits (Part 2)
In this episode, part 2 of "10 Obstacles and 10 Traits," we look into teacher obstacles 6-10, which are:
- Upward Mobility
- Perceived Disconnect
Likewise, 5 leadership traits are offered to help tackle these obstacles in your school.
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10 Obstacles and 10 Traits
Emotional Labor of Teaching
The emotional labor of teaching - what is it and what can we do about it? Mismanaged and it leads to teacher stress, fatigue, and even burnout. Here are some questions and ideas to ponder.
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Read the full article "Teach Your Heart Out, Emotional Labor of Teaching"
Bonus: Academics vs Life
Fear and Creativity, A Few Riffs
Bonus: Shared Accountability (4 Steps)
Ever wonder why some teams are wildly successful and others struggle to solve problems? Team problem-solving is not that straightforward - it involves team entropy. What is team entropy? What are the 4 phases of team problem-solving? What leadership moves can you take to prevent team entropy? Get it it all in this episode of the Mafost Mashup!
Show Notes: https://mafost.com/mashup/ Look for episode 80 "Team Entropy".
Back to School Transformed
Transform basic back to school principal tasks into vehicles for crafting school culture. In episode 79, we explore:
- Back to School Letter 2.0
- Pre-Videos for Meet and Greets
- First Day back with Staff
- Micro Emails
- Insider/Outsider Focus
- 5 Visibility Techniques
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Music from Queen: https://youtu.be/zKdxd718WXg
How does a school leader or principal build collective efficacy? In this episode of the Mafost Mashup:
- The Metaphor
- A Rant on Effective Balance Between Leadership and Capacity
- Places to Build Collective Efficacy
- Smart Data Methods
- Building Communication Capacity
- Teachers Giving and Receiving Feedback
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Staying Focused as a School
If you’ve sat behind the principal’s desk for more than 6 hours, you know it’s difficult, and in some cases impossible, to stay focused on any single task. Magnify that challenge across days, weeks, and semesters, and you have the daunting challenge of staying focused as a school principal or educational leader.
Why is it so hard to stay focused? What are the pitfalls and sidetracks for meeting goals or following through? How can we make it easier to say no to distractions? What supports can we use to stay focused?
- Where to Find Distractions
- Quick Tips for Staying Focused
- Costs of Distractions
- Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
- Too long, unfocused
- 2 Methods to Stay Focused as a School
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Houston, We've Had A Problem
Problem-Solving on Teams is not as easy as it looks. Teacher teams, school leadership teams, and district leadership teams can get distracted by sophisticated problems. In this episode, you'll find the role leaders can play in improving the performance of teams in educational improvement.
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Bonus: Say No This Summer
Bonus Episode: Saying No This Summer. It really is the only way to open the space for improvement. Why must we say no? How does it benefit the school?
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How To Increase Your School Leadership Network (Blog Crawl)
What is a blog crawl? This strategy will increase your school leadership network, your professional learning, and your contribution to the profession. A blog crawl is a great way for school leaders and principals to collaborate and generate new ideas and solutions. This episode will examine the benefits of a blog crawl and show how to get started.
> Why a Network?
> How to Build Your Network
> Leadership Collective Efficacy
> Why a Blog Crawl?
> What is a Blog Crawl?
> Biggest Benefit of a Blog Crawl?
> The Essence of a School Leadership Network
> Blog Crawl First Steps and Invite
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How to Scale A/B Testing in Your School
This is the single most important strategy to improve learning in any school, and here's a simple 3 step process for scaling A/B Testing (split testing) in your school. Plus:
- The Fallacy of Waiting on Proof -
- John Hattie Misunderstood and Misused -
- An Example of A/B Testing -
- 3 Steps to Scaling A/B Testing -
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5+ Strategies: How to Jump Start the Next School Year
Now is the time to jump start the next school year. Here are 5 strategies to help you with this, plus bonus ideas from a few friends.
School Leadership Strategies in this episode:
- Plan Out Your Summer Collaborations.
- Address August Amnesia.
- Create Outlier Policies.
- Visit With Your People.
- Manage Up.
Comments and Ideas from Friends: Decluttering, Goals with Initial Steps, Using Padlet, Pause But Don't Stop, Community Engagement Slide.
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Bonus: Action and the Planning Fallacy
5 Ways to Initiate Change in School Culture
It takes more than spreading the narrative, using social media, or creating a "brand" to make change happen in school culture. As a matter of fact, there are three categories for leadership behaviors that can impact school culture. In this episode, I'll share 5 ways to initiate change that can result in a positive school culture.
- 2:29 Defining Leadership Behavior
- 2:51 Three Types of Leadership Behavior
- 4:36 Action
- 5:56 Be a Feedback Loop
- 7:31 Stoke the Fire
- 8:31 Clarify the Problem
- 10:26 Research Download
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6 Tactics for Empowering Your School
Personalized Learning with and without Technology (Marci Houseman Part 2)
In part 2 of this discussion, we talk about the core concepts and practices in personalized learning, both with and without technology. Several metaphors are given for personalized learning, and Marci shares insights into how Lexia Learning uses technology to enhance teaching.