Author: jdelp

You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.  ~ Denis Waitley As a seventh grade science teacher, I spent time helping my students develop the…

Read More Do You Assume the Best?

I began my teaching career at an inner-city school in downtown Phoenix.  For a young man who was from a very small town, in central Kansas, the diversity of the…

Read More We Need to Know

Lately, I have been struggling through a bit of a sophomore slump — if you will.  I am over half-way through my second year as a junior high school principal,…

Read More Students as Change Agents

I find it intriguing that blogging has such a cathartic effect for me. There are many times that writing serves as an opportunity for me to organize thoughts, express frustrations,…

Read More Recognize The Big Rocks

This past week was a challenging one.  I left campus on Friday feeling beaten-up, stressed-out and discouraged.  Don’t worry too much about me…I’ll get over it, but it has led…

Read More Think you have arrived? Think again.

cc flickr photo by pink.polka In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.  ~ Albert Einstein I am new to this “principal thing”, but I think I am slowly getting better…

Read More Making Lemonade

cc flickr photo by striatic This week, I attended the Virtual Schools Symposium (iNacol) in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Attending conferences, and leaving with a nauseating mix of frustration, excitement, confusion and…

Read More What am I doing?

cc flickr photo by R/DV/RS The reason things stay the same is because we stay the same.  For things to change, we must change.  ~ Eric Jensen Lately, I have…

Read More Change Begins with Me

We have started something that we can not control.  Students are gradually assuming more responsibility and ownership for what they learn and how they learn it.  This is a good…

Read More A School Without Walls

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new…

Read More A New Educational DNA

If you think you can make a difference – you can. As adults, is there any doubt that we are more attentive, more purposeful, and more driven when pursing our…

Read More The Power of Passion