Tag: Fostering Effective Relationships

This time of year can be emotionally exhausting, so here is something that might brighten up your day. Watch this GIF of a dad teaching his son to hit a baseball and tells him to “keep his eye on the ball”: “Keep your eye on the ball son” I laughed hysterically at this when I … [Read more…]

Read More The Emotional Roller Coaster of Being a Teacher

Grades and test scores should not be your driver. This is not why the vast majority of people became educators. Yet, we still have to pay attention to them.  For me to tell you otherwise would be irresponsible. It is easy for someone that is not in the classroom to say this, but it’s not … [Read more…]

Read More Grades and Test Scores Should Not Be Your Driver

You can’t change anyone but yourself, but you can create the conditions where change is more likely to happen for others.  As I work with many educators in leadership positions, I try to focus on going beyond the content of a message, and looking at the delivery of the message. Yet there are things that I … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Ways We Hold Others Back

Years ago, interviewing for a grade 2 position at my school, I asked the candidate, “How would they integrate technology with grade 2 students?”  Their response was along the lines of, “I don’t think students should be using technology in grade 2.”  When I asked her why, she said things like “it takes much time … [Read more…]

Read More Our Students

Being an administrator is hard work.  I tried my best, and although I know people thought I did a great job, some people didn’t.  I understood this but it doesn’t mean it didn’t (doesn’t) bother me. As I have talked about before, what I always tried to focus on was the question, “What is best … [Read more…]

Read More On Doing Your Best…

Anxiety can be high when you have a new superintendent, principal, or boss in general.  The thoughts of, “What changes will this person do while they are here? What will this new person mean for my context?  Will I get along with them or not?” Understandably a new person entering our lives, especially one with … [Read more…]

Read More Taking Advantage of a Blank Slate

Thank you for signing up for “The Innovator’s Mindset” MOOC, happening over a six week period.  We will begin on September 17, 2016 and finish at the end of October (although the learning will continue long after that).  Currently, we are planning some YouTube Live sessions that will happen on the weekends (either Friday, Saturday, … [Read more…]

Read More The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon! #IMMOOC

I saw a post on Twitter talking about removing the word “teaching” and simply replacing it with “learning”. I have to admit, I cringed at the thought.  That being said, I do believe a great teacher starts from the view point of a learner, not the teacher.  This is something that is a needed shift … [Read more…]

Read More #AGreatTeacherIs…

Over my summer travels, I have heard this quote several times (attributed to Haim Ginott but may have been adapted from Goethe): “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a … [Read more…]

Read More The Most Important Part of the Learning Environment

In my last post, I shared an article regarding a Michigan High School that recently banned mobile devices from their classrooms. Here was one of my comments: These articles used to really bother me, but what I have learned is that I never know the whole story. There is always more to any article or … [Read more…]

Read More Distracted From School or Learning?

Dealing with setbacks is tough and can often lead to feelings of resentment and jealousy. This short video from comedian Chelsea Handler is a really great story on how to deal with it, and gives a great perspective. I know that I have felt this myself, and it can be tough, but this video is … [Read more…]

Read More “There will be a place for you”

I happened across this article titled, “11 Ways To Instantly Connect With Anyone“, and although it is meant for more one-on-one interactions, there is a lot of wisdom in it that would tie into speaking or presentations. The first point in the article was the following: 1. Leave a strong first impression. Most people decide whether … [Read more…]

Read More Turning the Spotlight on the Audience