As you may know, I have highlighted the work of Mike Schmoker in the past, in particular an article he wrote some time ago:

In words that resonate with most educators, Peter Drucker (1992) writes that “the largest and easiest gains in knowledge work come from redefining the task and eliminating what need not be done.”

Collins writes that we must all make a “stop doing list.” We must “stop doing anything and everything” that doesn’t get us the results we want (Collins, 2001).

Results will require tough but intelligent decisions from us. To gain the results we want will require that we systematically review and eliminate unnecessary, ill-wrought goals and committee work, that we abandon ineffective but so-called “research-based” programs and strategies.

Source: Schmoker, Up and Away

It’s advice that rings true at a time when state and federal mandates have educators crammed at the top of the Titanic ship of education–recall the the movie Titanic, with Leonardo DiCaprio clambering to the back of the ship as it goes vertical–waiting for the descent into the whirlpool of oblivion.

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Author of bestselling book RESULTS NOW: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Results in Teaching and Learning

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