The Only Thing A Principal Needs To Know


[display_podcast] 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. I have learned a lot in those years, and I still have plenty left to learn. But there is one thing I know as a principal that has helped me exponentially. It is … [Read more...]

“I Want You To Save A Date”


[display_podcast] 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 … [Read more...]

Competition vs. Cooperation: What Is Better For Our Schools?

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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 … [Read more...]

4 Habits Of Teachers That Just Have “It” – Part 2

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Last week’s article focused on how using eye contact can help significantly when building relationships with your students. How just a few seconds of looking into someone’s eyes can give them the feeling of comfort and care, and let’s them know you are thinking about them and focusing on them. Nothing else matters for that brief moment except them. Teachers who have “it” make this a priority in … [Read more...]

Heads Up Lone Nut


Life changing events don’t occur that often, but when they do, well...they’re life changing. I had the privilege to once again attend the life changing Apple Distinguished Educator Institute (ADE) this past summer. The institute was a week full of networking, professional development, exhilarating opportunities, and memories that will last a lifetime. Over 400 educators from North America came … [Read more...]

aRTs Roundtable 33: What Are Your Non-negotiables in the Classroom

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This week on the aRTs Roundtable is about our non-negotiables in the classroom. If you could only pick TWO rules or core beliefs what would they be? Do you keep these silent or do you let your philosophy shine through on a daily basis. A fascinating discussion that will surprise you.   Show Host: Carol Broos Show Contributors: Brenda Muench  Leave us some feedback! Contact us … [Read more...]

So what does “leadership” mean . . . ?


After our chat with Carl Harvey, I really started to think about it. Even more so after it came up in #libchat last night. But how do we get started? Here’s what I’ve been doing to be a leader at my school, let me know if you agree or not. Find your allies. I feel pretty lucky in that everyone at my job seems to genuinely want me here, but there’s always at least one person who thinks you’re … [Read more...]

LiTTech Show #16: Librarians in the Lead


This week on LiTTech: What is the difference between a librarian who is a leader and your regular run of the mill librarian? This week Addie and Emily talk with Carl Harvey to figure out how to be one of those librarians that make their schools into innovative learning places. (Hint: Working with the other teachers is key!) Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: Adrienne Matteson, … [Read more...]