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In our course, Nature and Context in Education and Learning, we continued to prepare ourselves for the world of educational leadership. This course was a very flexible learning experience in that it focused on our needs. There was not an assigned textbook; instead our educational experience was gained from readings, discussions led by practicing administrators, as well as scenarios that we may face in our future positions. We also participated in “leadership practice fields” that allowed us to develop creative solutions to everyday problems.

Leadership practice fields are essentially a way for us to have a safe, non-threatening environment to practice our leadership skills. These fields emphasized creative solutions, forcing us to look beneath the surface to develop innovative problem solving. These activities included parent phone calls and developing presentations for the superintendent and school board. We then received feedback and were given the opportunity to reflect upon our work.

The first practice field assignment of the semester was a conducting a phone call with a parent (role-played by a course instructor) who was unhappy with his child’s teacher. This was an opportunity to get to know our instructor better and to develop our skills in dealing with people. We also were asked to develop an alternative plan for administering the writing SOL tests because of the unusually high number of inclement weather days across the state. We wrote these plans as letters to the Department of Education. Our largest leadership practice field activities required us to create a master schedule for a fictional school. Scheduling is a year long process that doesn’t receive much attention in principal preparation programs. Since we all had a middle school background, we developed a schedule for a middle school. We were not given any boundaries with this project, which enabled us to create a schedule without the typical constraints in a school. At first, we thought it would be more beneficial to be given a school, with the students, teachers, and classes intact and we would just plug the information in. As we worked, we realized that creating all of our information allowed us to research educational philosophies, to develop our school and schedule based on our priorities. We can then transfer this knowledge into our own schools one day.

“First comes thought; then ORGANIZATION of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” - Napoleon Hill

Introduction: characteristics of the site

The fictitious Blue Ridge Middle School is located in the mountains of Virginia. There are 646 students in the school; 211 6th graders, 224 7th graders, and 211 8th graders. There is little ethnic diversity within the school. Most of the students come from rural homes. To put diversity into perspective, there are only two ESL students in the entire school.

The school has 2 administrators, 32 academic teachers and 13 special education teachers. There are also ample support staff; 1 librarian, 2 counselors, 3 clerical staff, 1 shared resource officer, 4 custodians, 1 shared school nurse and 1 social worker. The diversity of the staff members closely resembles the student population. All staff members are Caucasian; there are 13 males and 62 females.

Questions & Answers

What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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