WOW! I am so inspired this morning. Last night, I Skyped with Shawn Blankenship (DMS_Principal), of Dibble Middle School in Oklahoma. First, it was so much fun to see the excitement on a principal's face--for two reasons. First he was excited about his students' learning. Second, he was a proud of how his teachers made that happen. His role--help students and teachers succeed. One of the main roles I believe principals hold is that of removing barriers of success. I saw that last night.
Most of the call, however, focused on the stories of his teachers--the ways they helped students believe in themselves, the ways they held students to high expectations (the common answer to a request for help from a student? Problem-solve! LOVE IT!), how they support students and scaffold learning, all the real-life applications for students. I could keep going but instead, I've asked him to see if his teachers would like to guest blog for me. I sure hope so, because we would all learn from them!
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