Lessons in Leadership

If We Have to Give Kids Grades, Let’s Let Them Argue Their Merit. – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I sensed the anticipation as soon as I entered the classroom. Groups of students were huddled together flipping through notes and documentation. A few were going back and forth about what they were going to say. As I headed to the whiteboard a hush fell over the room and one student asked, “do we get the whole class period Mr. J?” It was first marking period Appeals Day in my ninth grade English class. And it was the first time my…

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When Teachers Take a Break, We All Win – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

My good friend (and co-author) John Spencer, shared this on Twitter a few days ago: Teaching is an exhausting gig. It’s okay to take a break in the summer. Read a book. Watch movies. Go hiking. Swim. Binge watch Stranger Things. Kick the soccer ball around with your daughter. You’ve poured your heart and soul into this gig. You shouldn’t feel guilty for resting. Image Created by John Spencer at SpencerIdeas.org I’ve seen a lot of talk online and…

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How to Run A Teacher Innovation Pitch At Your School – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I want to tell you a story. During the mid 19th century the city of Chicago was in crisis. The elevation of the growing metropolis was not much higher than the shorelines of Lake Michigan. There was no natural drainage in the city and culminated in six straight years of epidemics that lead to the cholera outbreak in 1854 (that killed six percent of the city’s population). Chicago was in crisis, and in 1856 came up with a plan…

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Focusing on the Time You Have, Not How Much You Have – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

As I sit here writing this my brother is on a respirator in a hospital room. He hasn’t been able to breathe completely on his own or wake up fully in three days. His wife sits, sleeps, and prays by his side. My parents do the same. Family members and friends have poured in to see him over the past three days. He is loved because he has loved. We are broken because he is broken. We have hope…

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A Mission and Manifesto – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When I started on this writing journey seven years ago, there were a couple of things I knew for sure. I wanted to share experiences through writing. Something different was happening in my classroom. There was so much about learning that I had yet to learn. I started blogging because I had been reading blogs. I was sharing articles and posts online. I was following educators, professors, coaches, historians, scientists, and journalists who had all taken time to share…

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Focusing On What Is Going To Stay The Same in Education – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

One of my favorite writers (and thinkers) in the world, Shane Parrish, recently wrote a post titled, “What’s Staying the Same?”. In this post, he flips the questions we all are normally asking (what is going to change?) into one that has relevance for all aspects of life, but especially for education: I want to know the future. So do you. However, our desire to know the future leads us to seek answers to unanswerable questions. The question, “What’s…

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My 2018 Failing Report – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When my students were doing the 20% Project (Genius Hour) in my class we had an “Epic Fail Board” (inspired by a number of people) where they would pin up some their biggest fails and epic risks. The 20% project required each student to challenge themselves. They were learning and creating with a purpose, often with lofty expectations and goals, and failing came at every step. In the first month of the project, I could sense hesitation from many…

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