Comments for dgleadership.com Blog http://dgleadership.com/blog D & G Leadership's Blog Sun, 17 Jul 2011 02:10:07 -0700 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 Comment on The Contemporary Context of School Leadership by David Watkins http://dgleadership.com/blog/2011/06/25/the-contemporary-context-of-school-leadership/#comment-4 David Watkins Sun, 17 Jul 2011 02:10:07 +0000 http://dgleadership.com/blog/?p=11#comment-4 I have found that mentorship has to become a major part of a school culture with high at-risk populations. I have found that mentorship has to become a major part of a school culture with high at-risk populations.

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Comment on The Teacher-Student Socio-Cultural Gap by David Watkins http://dgleadership.com/blog/2011/07/09/the-teacher-student-socio-cultural-gap/#comment-3 David Watkins Sun, 17 Jul 2011 02:05:18 +0000 http://dgleadership.com/blog/?p=13#comment-3 It is critical that school leaders in lower socio-economic or urban schools create a culture of building relationships with students and the community they serve. The article is right about the fact that young people have to be sold on teachers. Teachers now have to prove to students they are trustworthy, caring, etc., Students in urban schools often will not "work" in classrooms where they don't feel "safe." Safe meaning emotionaly, educationally, physically in some cases, etc. It is critical that school leaders in lower socio-economic or urban schools create a culture of building relationships with students and the community they serve. The article is right about the fact that young people have to be sold on teachers. Teachers now have to prove to students they are trustworthy, caring, etc., Students in urban schools often will not “work” in classrooms where they don’t feel “safe.” Safe meaning emotionaly, educationally, physically in some cases, etc.

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Comment on The Teacher-Student Socio-Cultural Gap by William W Bosse' http://dgleadership.com/blog/2011/07/09/the-teacher-student-socio-cultural-gap/#comment-2 William W Bosse' Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:43:51 +0000 http://dgleadership.com/blog/?p=13#comment-2 Interesting ! I would ask this principle to consider the importance of a middle class value system in overcoming the trap that poverty imposes. Empathy and sympathy on the part of the Educator in the classroom provide important insight and even motivation for providing the essential intellectual environment to assend, accomplish meaningful progress and ulimately move beyond the underclass mentality that will prevail if we allow these children to repeat the cycle of failure from which they come. This undertaking requires an energy and commitment far beyond the norm of the typical teacher, but also Educational Leadership beyond the norm of the typical Principle of a School, as well ! Beyond a major policy change, which is problem # one in this case, it is an uphill battle that is required ! The educator in the classroom must be prepared to control their environment and demand that the children in their care perform to the highest standards possible. They must NOT allow these children to choose failure or bargain with their good behavior as a means to circumvent an academic standard which is essential for their ultimate assendence beyond the underclass trap. Simply said, failure is not an option and these children must not be permitted to use failure as a means of escaping the inevitable frustration they will experience as they face challenges and values that are unfamiliar to them. Interesting ! I would ask this principle to consider the importance of a middle class value system in overcoming the trap that poverty imposes. Empathy and sympathy on the part of the Educator in the classroom provide important insight and even motivation for providing the essential intellectual environment to assend, accomplish meaningful progress and ulimately move beyond the underclass mentality that will prevail if we allow these children to repeat the cycle of failure from which they come. This undertaking requires an energy and commitment far beyond the norm of the typical teacher, but also Educational Leadership beyond the norm of the typical Principle of a School, as well !
Beyond a major policy change, which is problem # one in this case, it is an uphill battle that is required ! The educator in the classroom must be prepared to control their environment and demand that the children in their care perform to the highest standards possible. They must NOT allow these children to choose failure or bargain with their good behavior as a means to circumvent an academic standard which is essential for their ultimate assendence beyond the underclass trap. Simply said, failure is not an option and these children must not be permitted to use failure as a means of escaping the inevitable frustration they will experience as they face challenges and values that are unfamiliar to them.

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