95: A Team Approach – Nick Sutton, chats with us about getting back to good instruction, working as a team, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of your evaluations.

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Superintendent, Nick Sutton, chats with us about getting back to good instruction, working as a team, and why you shouldn’t be afraid of your evaluations.

Nick shares why he thinks we’re in such a cool time as educators right now, what leads to a building’s success, and how administrators really just want to do what’s best for kids, too.

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Episode Highlights

  • 0:34 – Shoutout to Janelly (@JanellyArc) for Rae’s descriptive word.
  • 1:16 – Going on and on about our AMAZING guest bloggers. Check them out here!
  • 2:46 – Challenging you to focus on your goals.
  • 6:46 – Previewing the episode with Dr. Nick Sutton.
  • 9:16 – Nick introduces himself.
  • 10:33 – Nick’s failure: Not addressing someone who needed to grow, out of fear of hurting the relationship.
  • 13:20 – Nick’s success: The professional development plan they’ve put into place in their district.
  • 17:40 – What’s got Nick excited about education right now: Getting back to good instruction.
  • 19:57 – Nick’s advice for new teachers: Don’t forget that you made the best career decision in the world. You’re going to love it. Appreciate that and find other likeminded people. Don’t be scared of your evaluations. If they wanted to fire you, they  wouldn’t have hired you in the first place.
  • 22:32 – Chatting about Nick’s podcast, “Learning Through Leading.
    • Connect with Nick’s cohost Matt Jacobson (@yodamatt68).
  • 25:48 – 6 questions answered in 15 seconds or less.
  • 27:16 – How to connect with Nick.

Nick’s Recommendations

    • EdTech Tool: Google Expeditions 
    • Book: Visible Learning” by John Hattie.
    • Who to Follow: Normal, random teachers (i’ll explain this answer 🙂
    • YouTube/Podcast/Website/Blog: Edutopia
    • Daily/Weekly/Monthly Routine: Socialize with other educators.
    • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: No Problems are solved by looking the other way. You’ve got to address issues. There’s nothing worse than admiring a problem.

Links to Connect With Nick

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