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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about consequences. It is one constant in life: everything has consequences.
I am an elementary principal, and I have been posting on Facebook and Twitter for some time a segment I like to call “Reasons Why I Love My Job.” It seems to have generated some interest and most importantly, educators can relate to the day-to-day life of school. So, here are some of the reasons I love my job. Hope you enjoy. Share if you like, and feel free to add some of your own in the comment section. At […]
(Click here to listen to the audio version of this blog.) When I was a kid my father used to take me to the golf course so I could walk along the ditch as he played. I got 25¢ for every golf ball I found. 50¢ if it was a keeper. I remember thinking that it looked like a fun game to play, but also wondered why so many golfers would want to hit their balls into the ditch […]
I taught in the classroom for twelve years before I became a principal, which I have been doing for eight years. If you do the math (which isn’t that difficult) I have been involved in education as a career for 20 years.
At kindergarten graduation, the last chance I had to formally address the parents at the school where I served as principal, this is what I said: “I want you to save a date. It is 12 years from now. I don’t know the exact date. But it will be 12 years from now. It’s important. Make a note of it. Don’t lose sight of it. Keep talking with your children about it. It’s important because we are going to […]
Teaching is the most important profession in the world. I may be biased in my opinion, but I’m also right. There is no other profession that touches more lives than teaching.
Over Easter vacation a few weeks ago, something happened that I can’t get out of my mind. My wife’s family conducted the annual egg hunt for all of the children, ranging in ages from seven to seventeen. The plastic eggs were hidden all over the yard, some filled with candy and others filled with various amounts of money. The kids scrambled all over the yard, screaming with delight as their baskets were filling to the brim. When the hunt was over, they all came inside and emptied their eggs onto the floor, looking over the newly found loot.
Time. It’s one thing we all have in common. Everyone has 24 hours in their day. No more, no less. But when we are speaking of teachers, it feels like they have less time than others. Many of them don’t even have time for a bathroom break during the day. They are masters of maximizing every second of their day, making sure even transition times are measured down to the second to protect the learning time they need for their […]
Nothing else matters for that brief moment except them. Teachers who have “it” make this a priority in their lives, because they know that attention is important for their students.
These three lessons I am going to pass along to you, because I think they will benefit not only you, but the thousands of people you will recommend to this blog (hint, hint). But on a more important note, these three lesson correlate splendidly with education in three specific areas: Resources, Behavior, and Instruction.
I get it. I understand the allure. It drips with serendipity. Some noble Samaritan bestows the ideal gesture of compassion and grace upon the weary and wayward when the need is at its sharpest expecting nothing in return, not even recognition, and in doing so provides the oomph that motivates perseverance for yet another day of service. Listen closely and you can even hear the string section slowly rising for such Random Acts of Kindness call for their own soundtrack. I am […]
Now, before you jump to any conclusions or judge my parenting methods, let me tell you a little bit about my son. First of all, he is a freshman in high school. Secondly, he is a teenager. Thirdly, he thinks he is pretty funny. Last of all, he really does like school, but only on two conditions.
This week on the aRTs Roundtable we discuss how to expand your teacher reach outside the classroom. It starts with our students and their work. The sharing and communicating with other educators on a personal level, leads to many more opportunities for you and your students. Show Host: Carol Broos Show Contributors: Tricia Fuglestad, Jennifer Kolze and Brenda Muench Leave us some feedback! Contact us with any questions or comments- email@example.com
Think back to your school days. Try to remember your teachers, your friends, the subjects you had throughout the day. Chances are you do remember some things about that time in your life; some positive, some negative. And you know you learned something during all those years of school. You had to have learned something; otherwise the teachers wouldn’t have passed you on to the next grade. But what did you learn? I bet the specifics elude you. For example, I bet you can still do long division, but you probably don’t remember which teacher introduced it to you or how that skill was taught to you.
This week on the aRTs Roundtable Carol Broos discusses her ride on the “quiet train,” to work suggests do we, can we, should we have a complete silence opportunity for our students in the arts. Tricia Fuglestad talks about the blah, blah, oops video created by too much talking and not enough focus. Jennifer Kolze and Brenda Muench talk about how best they and their students work with noise and chatter. This discussion will surprise you. It will question whether […]
The holidays are right around the corner and the iDig Video team presents their annual wish list for Tech Gifts! We’ve looked at techie reviews and come up with our own dream list for what we’d like to receive (and give!) for the holidays. While there are a few high ticket items, we found some very affordable and innovative ideas for presents. Some items on the list have been around for a while, but they’ve proven to be reliable and highly desirable in terms of their performance records. Happy Holidays to all our listeners.
One of our most recent Mission Monday assignments for the students was to teach them to simply say “OK.” Saying “OK” can be a very powerful strategy to teach children.
Have you ever heard that you can tell the climate of a school building within ten minutes after you walk in the front door? It’s true. If you don’t believe it, try it sometime. You will know exactly what I mean. And honestly, I don’t think it takes ten minutes. It can be done in two or less.