Connected Principals Posts

Once I was working with an entire class of freshmen at the beginning of a school year, and one of the kids made some kind of wise-guy comment in front of the whole group. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I do remember that I felt a little d…

Read More How to Respond When You Feel Disrespected

No matter your position in education, you can influence change.  If we are waiting for “someone else” to create meaningful change, it might not happen.  In this podcast, loosely based…

Read More 5 Ways to Influence Change #Podcast

No matter your position in education, you can influence change.  If we are waiting for “someone else” to create meaningful change, it might not happen.  In this podcast, loosely based on the “5 Ways to Influence Change” blog post from May 2014, mixed with a story I discuss in “Innovate Inside the Box,” I will … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Ways to Influence Change #Podcast

Ever read a sentence or two, and it just stopped you in your tracks?  This quote from Seth Godin’s blog did just that for me: “Ruts don’t dig themselves. Most of the time, we’re in a rut because that’s precisely where we put ourselves.” Yup. Sometimes it is easy to feel lost professionally and personally, … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions to Consider to Help Get Out of a Rut

I’m not sure exactly how it got started, but for the past few years I’ve shared a joke every morning with our entire building to start the school day.

It’s important to me to help get each day off to a good start and part of that is my daily atte…

Read More How Humor Contributes to School Culture

In this week’s episode of the podcast, I discuss why it is imperative to move beyond a growth mindset; to create something meaningful with what we know. This podcast is loosely based on the November 2018 blog post “Moving Beyond a Growth Mindset.“ You can check out the full podcast on Apple iTunes or Soundcloud. … [Read more…]

Read More What We Do With What We Know #Podcast

I recently finished reading Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool.

One of the things in the book that was interesting to me was related to the impact of experience on performance. In 2005, Harvard Medic…

Read More Experience Alone Is Not Enough

Success can lead to failure. The Blockbuster video example has been used over and over again because it is a great cautionary tale of how success can lead to comfort,…

Read More Switching it Up to Move Forward

Success can lead to failure. The Blockbuster video example has been used over and over again because it is a great cautionary tale of how success can lead to comfort, and comfort can eventually lead to failure. I was asked recently to share what makes a successful school, and my answer was the same as … [Read more…]

Read More Switching it Up to Move Forward

“When is a time you have used grit, and what lesson did you learn?” This is just one of 100 questions you find included in the Table Talk Cards that come as a bonus with the book Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing Nine Hidden Challenges of the…

Read More PMP183: Gen Z Unfiltered, Part 2 with Andrew McPeak

Creating stronger connections with your students doesn’t require grand gestures. But it does require some intentional behaviors on the part of the teacher. It requires taking action.

But these actions can be simple in the sense that they don’t req…

Read More 5 Simple Habits to Build Connection With Your Students

I discuss the story below more in my most recent podcast. You can check it out on Apple iTunes or Soundcloud. Years ago, I had the opportunity to do my…

Read More You Are the Solution #Podcast

I discuss the story below more in my most recent podcast. You can check it out on Apple iTunes or Soundcloud. Years ago, I had the opportunity to do my first presentation for a conference outside of the country. I was asked by a group in New York to lead a session at a conference. … [Read more…]

Read More You Are the Solution #Podcast

Countless books have been written on the topic of leadership. There are styles, and theories, and frameworks.

But at it’s essence, leadership is about energy. 

What kind of energy do you bring each day? Are you showing up with enthusiasm a…

Read More Leadership is Energy: Bring It!

Growth requires change. And it also requires doing some things that aren’t comfortable. We all have thought-patterns and beliefs that contribute to our progress or lack of progress. That’s why it’s so important to challenge any beliefs that might be …

Read More 3 Ideas You Must Reject If You Want to Grow