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Stop Doing Lists

What's your "Stop Doing List?" Do you have one? Thanks to an article James O'Hagan shared, I stumbled across a quote from Jim Collins that I'd underlined, highlighted, promised to never forget, and then promptly forgot when I put the book down (which is why I HAVE to write about what I learn). Here's the relevant quote, as cited in Schmoker's article, Up and Away. Schmoker wins my praise because he quotes some great folks, like Michael Fullan, Peter Drucker and Jim Collins (albeit with my reservations still in place about application of his work to education). 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 …