Connected Principals Posts

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” –  Chinese Proverb There are several philosophies/practices that guide my daily work. Most of them I’ve…

Read More Teach Don't Tell

Yesterday was a great day! It was actually initiated Wednesday after school when I had a staff meeting and realized that I’d barely been in classes for more than a…

Read More No Office Day!

Education is no longer a one way conversation.  Gone are the days where the teacher stands in front and downloads (in an authoritarian manner) the information for the students to…

Read More Digging Post Holes

School administration is a complex job.  The whole school organization feeds off of the energy, attitude, and disposition of it leaders (which includes teachers).  There are many constituencies to deal…

Read More Keeping a Balance

picture from E4educators.org The other day @amadacdykes blogged about “Empowering” and asked what is your empowering word. This got me thinking. What would I answer? Well my first step was to…

Read More Empowering Words

Occassionally, a gift drops in a Principal’s lap. Last spring I received a call from a parent who had been checking out local playgrounds and with no maliciousness whatsoever, he…

Read More The Gift

Earlier today, I tweeted this: Since change is so tough and often compared to grieving, why not hold a wake for the old program/idea when we take our next step?…

Read More Hold a Wake for School Change

Picture from: leadingict.wikispaces.com This month’s Education Leadership magazine is devoted to the topic of Effective Teaching. Therefore I thought I would throw my hat into the rink and share with…

Read More My Thoughts On Effective Teaching

Yesterday, I wrote a short post asking a question about change, and the response was overwhelming. If you have not read the comments in the entirety, there are some fantastic…

Read More You on Change

Growing up Digital, Wired for Distraction? Digitally driven distraction is the bogeyman of the hour. We ed-tech advocates should make clear in every way we can that we are more…

Read More Technology to Engage, not Distract

I had the chance on the day before Thanksgiving to Skype with two colleagues on the topic of assessment. Books have been written on this topic and I maybe one…

Read More Assessment Do’s and Don’ts

My vision for how staff development should look in my school has undergone a transformation over the past year. In my first year as a principal I recall the dread…

Read More Inspiration delivers.

I have already written here on my blog, Culture of Yes, about how successful the unconferencing  (probably backchanneling is actually the more accurate term) was at the BCSSA Fall Conference…

Read More We Want to Unconference Too!