Connected Principals Posts

The other day I stopped my car at a 4-way, stop signed intersection. (Really, truly stopped, not one of those I-bet-if-a-cop-was-watching-me-right-now-I’d-get-ticketed-slow-rolling-pauses.) I glanced to the right, saw another car had…

Read More It’s automatic.

I have been engaged recently in numerous conversations regarding teacher effectiveness, motivation, peer mentoring, and pride in student achievement.  As many professional educators I can come up with a variety…

Read More Change Comes from Within

This is one of the toughest times of the year for our high school staff. They are trying hard to finish up the final unit of the semester, preparing final…

Read More Tis' the Reason

Inspired by Kevin Creutz’s post on Connected Principals, I thought that I would share a post that I had written on my own blog in 2010. The term “master teacher”…

Read More What Makes A Master Teacher

Every great teacher that I know has had a special kind of energy. The special kind of energy that makes it very clear that they are excited about teaching. They…

Read More What Makes a Teacher Great?

Three years ago when I first started as principal in my building, I told my teachers they should expect to see me on a daily basis, even if it was…

Read More Be there.

I was very excited to be asked to write the introduction for an e-book that Richard Byrne is putting together to share with educators next week. I am really hoping…

Read More Push

“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