Connected Principals Posts

I’ve always been a good athlete. Playing almost any sport, except the ones where I had to be really tall or strong, came pretty easily to me. In high school,…

Read More The Art and Science of Teaching

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down. – Mary Pickford  …

Read More The necessity of failure

It is the “month of AprilMayJune” (so coined because it goes so fast that it seems like three months compressed into one) and like it is for everyone in education,…

Read More Reflecting on the Run

There comes a time in the life of every leader when we have to take a hard, honest look in the mirror and ask a fundamental question: “If I weren’t…

Read More Would You Follow You?

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

Many teachers have the following one rule in their classroom: respect. Often it is expanded into respect for yourself, respect for others, respect for property. Respect is a quality that…

Read More Respect

“The problem is that most schools don’t like great teachers.  They’re organized to stamp them out, bore them, bureaucratize them, and make them average.” — Seth Godin How many educators…

Read More Leading With Our Linchpins

The following has been cross-posted at the Will Deyamport’s blog. “Bosses ought to be judged by what they and their people get done and by how their followers feel along…

Read More Does great have to be the default?

A few weeks ago, Tom Schimmer challenged us to create our elevator statements about 21st Century Learning. With all of the talk about Personalized Learning for the 21st Century, I…

Read More Elevator Statement Challenge

“This world is too big for me to be trapped here” was one of the lines in the Circle Game, a student written play based upon the Joni Mitchell song…

Read More The Circle Game

Before I am demonized for protecting the status quo in a post on my own blog, please understand that I advocate many changes in education. We have a long way…

Read More Say ‘No’ to the Status Quo

I am not a music guy. I appreciate one’s ability to create music, but I can’t read music at all. However, I absolutely love attending quality high school music performances…

Read More You’ve Got to See It

Recently one of my math teachers experienced a personal tragedy, which resulted in her missing over a week and a half of school.  A day or two later after this…

Read More Above and Beyond

As we make the move to being a 1:1 school next year at Burlington High School, there is definitely anxiety among many staff members (including me).   I take the…

Read More Are You On The Path To 1:1?

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