Author: Dave Meister

I was glancing through my Twitter feed this morning (yes, I am still around, just not as loud) and a title caught my eye. “Principals are People 2” by Tony…

Read More Show Them Your Lighter Side

I sometimes become frustrated about administrating in a public school. I guess it is especially easy to be frustrated at the end of a school year. The students are burnt…

Read More Examining My Core Values

Dear Fellow Educators, I work with a group of educators in a school that is not flush with resources (imagine that). Money has to be spent very strategically and I…

Read More 1:1 I Want to Know Your Story

What is it that makes a public school valuable?  Is it the information it provides?  Is it the opportunities that are available there? Going forward in these times of inter-connectivity,…

Read More Too Much Technology?

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a parent that has really set me to thinking about many things.  Sometimes there are  situations where students go way…

Read More All of Our Students!

    High school principal’s video about the lack of change in education and the possible ramifications. best writing paper

Read More Playing in the Margins

How do we make changes in public education that will transcend the model of education that is so entrenched in many of our schools? There are no easy answers.  Many…

Read More Avoiding Obsolescence

When did the stone age flintknappers actually realize that their skills had become obsolete?  Do you think they looked around at the folks who were working on making a hotter…

Read More Avoiding the Revolution?

When I turned 16, the first car I drove was a 1973 Pontiac Bonneville two door coupe, with a 400hp engine, that my brother had driven before me. Strangely, when…

Read More Push Yourself (and others)!

I have pledged to make myself spend two half days a week (at a minimum) doing nothing but visiting classrooms.  I want to connect with students, see the work that…

Read More A Learning Observation

“>alert(1); One of the things we do at PCHS shortly after the school term ends is have the faculty meet for what we call school improvement days.  These are not…

Read More New Directions

As always, I have been reading a lot about what to do to make schools better.  Some of what I read lately is just downright ludicrous!  Pay students for grades, put…

Read More It's About Building Relationships

Oh do not say that it has not ever entered your mind as a fantasy that would be right up there. This applies to both boys and girls, but somehow…

Read More Sit N’ Get

If we really believe that the best ideas come from the confluence of many thinkers with different angles on the same set of principles, then we should be willing to…

Read More Are You Willing to Connect?

Have you really ever tried to listen? Not just attend to. Not just look at, nod the head and verbalize an affirmative to someone. To really listen you have to…

Read More Listening