Stop the Walking Dead

Walking Dead In Schools: Faculty Meetings

Several weeks into the new year, I am already hearing the same horror stories. The stories of destroying culture and creating zombies. Yes, it’s near Halloween, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

What is it?

Traditional Faculty Meetings.

We know what they are, and we still subject our staff to it!  Yes, it’s where the leader lectures the staff from a piece of paper and takes an hour out of their lives that they will never get back.

Some great ideas on invigorating faculty meetings!

Let’s be the Beatles

Marching with Sgt. Pepper

I often yearn to be immersed in a creative ethos like The Beatles. I am not wanting to hitch a ride on the “Magical Mystery Tour” in this case. Instead, I want the innovative spirit of “Sgt. Pepper” to stand as the norm in education. In essence, I want to be in The Beatles.

What if every school strove to have a “Sgt. Pepper” approach to teaching and learning? How can we as a profession take bold steps against the status quo? What would a school look like if the vision was unified in innovative practices?

The Beatles were featured into Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, as an example of what happens with practice. Teachers most definitely get the practice, and with it, the ability to do amazing things.