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Improving Your School One Week at a Time

Building the Foundation for Professional Teaching and Learning, 1st Edition

By Jeffrey Zoul


190 pages

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This book displays 37 “Friday Focus” memos, each of which provides insight into a specific aspect of teaching and learning for all to reflect on throughout the year. Friday Focus memos address the principal’s responsibility to shape the school culture, provide intellectual stimulation, and communicate effectively. The memos are organized around the school year and provide educators with a wide variety of insights into how to improve our schools. They are typically between 500–1,000 words in length and can be sent out via e-mail to each staff member – not only to the teachers but also secretaries, custodians, and cafeteria workers. A vehicle for school improvement, the Friday Focus memos provide a step-by-step plan for staff members and principals to work together as change agents for school improvement.

Table of Contents


About the Author


Index of Themes


Part 1 The First Quarter

* Opening Day

* What Makes a Good Teacher?

* Effort-Based Ability

* The Dreaded Homework Dilemma

* The Impact of a Teacher

* Effective Listening

* Bullying Prevention

* School Safety

* Questions, Questions, Questions

Part 2 The Second Quarter

* Parent-Teacher Conferences

* Student-Led Conferences

* Teacher Observations

* Learning How to Learn

* Teaching: Art or Science

* In the Middle

* K.I.S.S.

* The Big Rocks

* God Bless Us, Every One!

Part 3 The Third Quarter

* Managing the Classroom

* Strategies for ESOL Students

* Working with Special Needs Students

* More Classroom Management

* Responding to Learners

* Striving for Great

* ESOL Revisited

* Differentiation: Inconvenient but Inescapable

* Test Time


Part 4 The Fourth Quarter

* Professional Learning Communities

* Choosing Positive

* Extraordinary Teachers

* Making the Connection

* "I" Messages

* Teaching People, Not Content

* My Parents' Expectations

* A Culture of Success

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