Connected Principals Posts

Students today face newer and different challenges than students of the past. Although many of the skills or values they need to be successful remain the same regardless of time and place, they also have unique challenges that make them one of the most…

Read More PMP182: Generation Z Unfiltered with Andrew McPeak

In “Innovate Inside the Box,” I discussed three types of learning essential for educators: Being a master learner requires that we look at learning in three ways: learning about our students, learning for our students, and learning from our students. In the video below, I talk about each concept in under a minute.  I made … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Types of Learning Crucial for Educators #Video

The focus of traditional education has mostly been on knowledge. The focus has been on learning more information. But now we have more information available to us than ever before. And the amount of information out there is growing exponentially…

Read More Knowing vs. Understanding vs. Applying

  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet … [Read more…]

Read More Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast

No one is perfect. Not one of us. But if we’re not careful, we can fall into the trap of thinking we have to act perfect. 

I find it puzzling how students sometimes have the idea that teachers/principals/educators are somehow above making mis…

Read More 7 Benefits of Apologizing to Your Students

We all see things differently. That’s something I continue to learn as an educator and in every other area of life too. I used to get upset if someone expressed an idea I didn’t agree with. It would frustrate me to no end if they took a position that…

Read More The Importance of Accepting Different Perspectives

Whether you’re a teacher or a principal, or have another role as an educator, you probably have interactions on a daily basis that involve complaints coming your way. The complaints might come from students, parents, or colleagues. These interactions…

Read More 11 Phrases to Effectively Respond to Complaining

I was recently participating in a FlipGrid book study on “The Innovator’s Mindset” and was asked this question by one of the participants: In writing a book on innovation, did you ever struggle with the idea that you were using a very “traditional” format? I loved the question, and here a couple of thoughts. 1. … [Read more…]

Read More Going to the Spaces Where You Can Inspire Change