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LeaderTalk has been knocking ’em out of the park lately. Brian Saxton writes compelling insecurity in “Is this what I have to look forward to?Scott Elias gives an honest account of discipline from across the administrative divide. (Although his mandate to “Err on the side of the student” just makes me queasy.) And Greg Farr is far and away (heh) the byline I most anticipate on the board. He has a great recent post on the schizophrenic nature of the administrator, paying homage to statistics and AYP while staving off stat-insanity. Keep it up, gents and ladies, but could we puh-leeze get correct author credit in the RSS feed?

I'm Dan and this is my blog. I'm a former high school math teacher and current head of teaching at Desmos. He / him. More here.


  1. I know, I know. The author feed isn’t right. Tom Hoffman complained about it too.

    I can’t fix it. At least not without changing my TypePad template from basic to advanced, at which point I lose other design functionality that right now I’m considering more important than the feed issue. I’ll keep playing with it to see if I can come up with other options.

    Sorry… (but thanks for the kind words about LeaderTalk!)

  2. Not really a mandate, Dan, but my opinion is that adults are professionals and if I explain my rationale and how the situation looked, in most cases teachers have been supportive. I would rather give a kid the benefit of the doubt because – well – they’re the kid.

    I hope that no one would read that to say, “Excuse the behavior and undermine the teacher,” because that’s not the case. I just try to be fair.

    Just felt the need to clarify, Dan, so thanks for indulging me!

    — Scott

  3. Hope you didn’t feel too defensive, Scott E, as this is largely My Own Thing. Having endured administrators who often questioned a teacher’s account of an event, oftentimes in front of the student, I just get these chills sometimes. Sounds like you do right by as many parties as possible, whenever possible, though.

    And, Scott J., bummer about all that. That has to be annoying for you. Anyway, it isn’t asking too much for me to click through.

  4. Dan,
    Thanks for giving out the props to leadertalk. It is a great adventure and one that I am proud to be a part of. I am glad that you are reading it. Sometimes being an administrator is hard to explain and the ladies and gents on leadertalk are doing a great job of getting the word out.

    Again thanks for the props.

  5. Not at all! I actually re-worded that part several times before I posted so I wanted to make sure it was clear, that’s all. Based on your experience I can see why you might have felt a bit unsettled.