Reading – It’s Not Just For English Class!

Literacy is an essential skill for all students.  As such, the development of literacy skills needs to be a priority in every classroom.   In the book Turning High-Poverty Schools Into High-Performing Schools authors William Parrett and Kathleen Budge identify literacy development as one of the effective practices for developing a pedagogy of possibility (p. 143).  … Continue reading Reading – It’s Not Just For English Class!

HOPE Is A Strategy

“Hope is not a strategy.”  Those were the words I heard in a meeting recently, and I was taken aback by the force with which they were spoken.  I suppose there was some level of accuracy to that statement if you use the dictionary definition of hope, which is heavily based on feelings and desires.  … Continue reading HOPE Is A Strategy

Helping Students Imagine the Possibilities

One of the most well known possibility thinkers of the 20th century was Robert H. Schuller.  He dedicated his life to building up others through expressions of hope and encouraging others to imagine the possibilities and pursue them.  Dr. Schuller would often ask, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” and … Continue reading Helping Students Imagine the Possibilities

Examining a Framework for Improving Effectiveness

According to the most recent state report card, our school district serves a student population in which 50% of our students are economically disadvantaged.  Very often students who come from economically disadvantaged homes struggle academically for a variety of reasons directly related to poverty, such as poor physical health, poor motor skills, inattentiveness, reduced curiosity, … Continue reading Examining a Framework for Improving Effectiveness