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Recognize The Big Rocks

I find it intriguing that blogging has such a cathartic effect for me. There are many times that writing serves as an opportunity for me to organize thoughts, express frustrations, and admit to failures (or at least challenges) — an electronic confessional, if you will. We are into our eighth week of the school year, … Continue reading

You Are A Difference Maker!

This is a brief message written to our staff in anticipation of our first day of school (also posted on our school’s professional learning community blog). As we prepare for the arrival of our students, I hope you will take a few quiet moments to put aside lesson plans, forget about administrative tasks, and consider … Continue reading

Students Matter Most!

An honest admission… As a school leader, I am concerned about the number of times I pay “lip service” to being focused on students, but then allow any number of outside factors to exert undue influence in my decision making process.  We see it happen frequently at all levels (i.e. school, district, state, national), but … Continue reading

(Power)Pointless or Purposeful?

Why do we ask kids to make presentations, on topics they don’t care about, to an audience that doesn’t exist? ~ Gary Stager At last month’s ISTE conference, I had the pleasure of hearing both Gary Stager (@garystager) and Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) speak during two separate sessions.  Both were very powerful, and thought-provoking presentations that, … Continue reading

Time Management for Reflective Practice

Yesterday, I read a blog post by Chad Segersten (edutech83), entitled Classroom Leadership: Reflective Thinking.  Chad stated that “the art of reflective thinking is underdeveloped and often underused by educators.”  Speaking from personal experience, I would have to agree.  It has only been recently (thanks to encouragement from a great professional learning network and participation … Continue reading