Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 

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Growth mindset, loving critics and a learning organization

As a community of learners (filled with and devoted to them), Durham Academy craves candid feedback and relies on open dialogue. Only by testing our assumptions and gathering opinions from the widest possible range of constituents can we know what we do well, what we can improve and what new ideas we ought to consider. Whether motivated by our understanding of growth mindset, our desire for continuous improvement or our fear of freezing the school in an echo-chamber, we need dissenting views, accurate mirrors and loving critics.

I have a particularly hearty appetite for feedback. Friends, colleagues and even the Chair of DA’s Board of Trustees have playfully teased me about this tendency. My hunger for feedback grows from a belief that each of us knows and perceives only a fraction …

Posted by mulkus on Wednesday February 7 at 10:55PM
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