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January 21, 2014

Rick Wormeli on Late Work

by Chris Lindholm

Fair Isn't Always EqualSo I’m half way into my first year as superintendent of #isd186 in Pequot Lakes, MN and I’ve landed on a theme for a series of much-needed posts to cultivate authentic, meaningful dialogue in our collaborative teams.  Last night I pulled an olde but a goodie off the shelf –  Rick Wormeli’s book Fair Isn’t Always Equal.  The messages in this book – and the core arguments of @RickWormeli – are ones we need to read, understand, and wrestle with in the schools we are so proud of.  The opportunity I had on MLK day to address the entire teaching staff about aligning our work to our mission – student achievement – rekindled a passion in me to be frustrated with mediocrity and to intentionally question the practices we engage in that compromise on best serving students.  Wormeli gets it and we have much to learn from him.  I just can’t settle for mediocrity…  My children and your children deserve better.  I’m guessing we can all agree on that much… 

Topic #1:

Should we penalize students for handing in homework late?



Please – watch more of Rick’s work on YouTube.  So… How does this align to our practices in #isd186?  How do we defend our current practices?  How do we make doing the right thing manageable for teachers?  






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