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Celebrating Success!

The following piece is cross posted on the Willis PLC Blog — written as an end of quarter message to our teaching staff. There is a student who approaches me, almost daily, with a complaint.  It’s never anything of much substance…I suspect it is usually just an excuse to visit.  Lately, I have been telling the student … Continue reading

Empowering Students Through Authentic Relationships

I have been giving some consideration to a recent post I read by John Spencer (@johntspencer), entitled 7 Thoughts on Bullying.  John shares his personal experience being bullied, and as the title suggests, several of his ideas, for educators, about dealing with the issue of bullying.  I found his second point in the post to … Continue reading

There Is No Excuse…

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.   ~Rudyard Kipling It is amazing how quickly our minds go to the art of making excuses.  Second nature, really.  Our rationale,  and justifications, serve as a salve for stinging criticism, public failure, or feelings of guilt. Recently, a former student has been offering … Continue reading

Developing a Community: Human Candy Canes and Canned Christmas Trees

On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.  ~Adlai E. Stevenson I grew up in a very small town in central Kansas.  The majority of students in my kindergarten class, were also in my graduating class (of 23).  My elementary, middle and high school all shared the same name–St. John.  By the … Continue reading

Act Like an Adult, Think Like a Kid

I have come to a realization. An earth shattering revelation. I have discovered the source of almost all challenges encountered while working with junior high students (or probably any student for that matter). Are you ready for this? The problem is that I think like an adult. That’s right.  It seems so simple, yet it … Continue reading

Jeff Delp

Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!