The Daily Find: February 20, 2011


Meet your official NAIS Conference Bloggers
This year, there will be four attendees who are also serving as bloggers for the conference. You can follow their experiences throughout the conference by following their blogs. You will find their blogs linked off of this Online Community site to the right as well as from the NAIS Conference page for Bloggers and Online Community. NOWMEET YOUR BLOGGERS!


Jason Ramsden
Nais2011: Reflection & Anticipation
This time next week I’ll be arriving in the Washington D.C. area for NAIS’ 2011 Annual Conference which is being held at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. As this will be my fourth consecutive annual conference visit (and the third in which I’ve presented) I consider myself well-schooled in the ebb and flow of our national conference. However, that was not always the case. In fact, I first attended the annual conference in 2006 and…[MORE]

Jill Brown
Workshop Organization Made Easy
Our NAIS workshop (W17. Re-Thinking Technology Leadership) was planned in only 2 synchronous meetings. Organizing a…[MORE]


Pamela Williams
Looking forward to NAIS
Having recently viewed the  “the Race to Nowhere” and read  Make it In America by Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, I am interested  in how  independent schools can…[MORE]

Jason Ramsden
Innovation; It’s a Ground Game
Some folks blog about what they see, others about their passions, and still others yet about what they are doing in their schools and classrooms but for me it’s about putting down on paper my thoughts when a confluence of ideas meet like the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegany rivers in Pittsburgh. Like those swirling waters around Pittsburgh, this post started…[MORE]

Chris Bigenho
The Teacher as Master Learner
As I prepare for the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference next week, I found myself going over past blog posts, reflections, papers and other artifacts from my journey as an educator. These artifacts of understanding have captured my evolving practice as an educator and document my journey from Teacher to Master Learner. One of the items I reviewed was my statement of educational philosophy as posted on my portfolio. This short piece captures my belief that our students need Master Learners more than they need Master Teachers…[MORE]

Troy Roddy
Waxing Philosophical on Educational Reform
While I do not have any specific historical data to back up this claim, I have to imagine that for as long as formal education has existed, there has likely been those who would be considered “educational reformers.”  Think about it.  I’m sure there are any number of people whom history has long forgotten that observed how students were being taught and said, “There has to be a better way.”  Just as I am sure there have been reformers, the degree to which these reformers fell on a “radical change continuum” must also be extremely diverse….[MORE]

Linda Vasu
Teaching Writing. Teaching Argument
On day one, the first class of the school year,  I tried something new. I asked students to become detectives. They worked in small groups with handouts from a wonderful childrens book by Lawrence Treat Crime and Puzzlement. There are a number of crime scene line drawings, with titles like “Slip or Trip,” “Junior Prom,” and “Dead Aim.” A body lies on a bathroom floor. There is a shard of glass. A puddle. A…[MORE]

Peter Gow
A school is…  (Verse 13 )
A school is a laboratory for the human experience in the context of a distinct, intentional, and internally consistent mission and set of values. I’ve probably worked over the concepts of mission, values, and intentionality to the point of saturation, but it has occurred to me—especially during these endless February weeks when spring teases us but when we and our students are perhaps closest to unraveling—that we are engaged in an endless process of human research and development…[MORE]

Jonathan Martin
A Great Time to Begin, or Expand, Your use of Twitter: the NAIS Annual Conference
If you are new to Twitter, or contemplating taking the plunge, a conference like NAIS  is a great place to start(in every way but one). To start, just go to and spend 3-5 minutes (at most) creating a profile. The NAIS conference, or any big conference, is a great place to start Twitter because you immediately have a conversation to follow and a stimulating forum to join.  To enter the NAIS Annual Conference “feed,” simply…[MORE]

Liz Davis
The freedom to fail…
Every year at Belmont Hill we have a student poetry festival. The entire student body memorizes a poem and recites it in English class. One or two boys from each class are selected to move on to a semi-final round, and from there one or two boys from each form are chosen to recite their poem at a morning meeting for the entire school community…[MORE]

Mark Crotty
Righting Wrongs
“I was wrong.” We don’t hear that statement very often. At least not that directly. Sometimes it comes veiled in a superficial or automatic apology, or supplemented by rationalization. Even those brave enough to say it often give a shrug of the shoulders, faces red with embarrassment. So when we hear someone say this with a genuine ownership…[MORE]

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