Conserving Brainpower for the RIGHT Things

Apr 17, 2014

Janice Smith

An interview recently with Alex Quigley, the school leader of one our Partner Schools (Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, North Carolina), was particularly enlightening.  He references some key ideas from the book Extreme Productivity by Robert Pozen, drilling down what it takes to make the most of our always limited time. Here’s the gist. […]

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20mph --> 70mph

Dec 9, 2013

Janice Smith

In several conversations with outstanding teachers at Henderson Collegiate Charter School I kept hearing about this ‘Go 20 mph so you can go 100’, or ‘Go 10 mph so you can go 60’ (for the slightly more conservative drivers).  While the numbers varied from conversation to conversation, the idea remained the same.  Taking it slow […]

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Systems & Routines: Part 1 (Brainstorming)

Aug 26, 2013

Janice Smith

When watching a well-oiled classroom, it can be easy to buy into the misconception that this teacher lucked into all the “good kids”.  Or to forget about all the work that happens behind the scenes to make that room look & function the way that it does.  This discredits the exceptional teachers that are able […]

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