Monday Moanin Thoughts #239 No Matter Your Rank, Dig In!

Happy January Monday Moanin to all of you. Wow, it feels like springtime in Michigan. This past week has been filled with many interesting events. On a national level a new President was inaugurated and Donald Trump began his term as the 45th President.  There is sure to be many new policies and executive orders enacted that will result in changes including education. Here in Michigan, Governor Snyder and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released school score cards, which provide a wide range of data. This includes a top to bottom ranking of nearly every school in the state. Thankfully, this will be the final year of these rankings and the state will comply with the with the federal law that  oversees K-12 schools for 2017-18. The accountability system will switch to grades of A-F and other data points. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #238 Happy Birthday Dr. King

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Today we celebrate the American federal holiday marking his birthday  Let’s honor Dr. King’s memory as we begin our work this week. The following Dr. King quote can help us reflect on the work we are doing in our schools.

” The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #237 My Top Tweets For 2016, Use Them To Guide Your Work

Happy second Monday Moanin of January 2017.  Over the course of 2016, I tweeted many opinions and quotes from many of the stars of leadership and education. Below are listed my top tweets for 2016. Each of them had over 2500 impressions on Twitter. Consider using one of them to guide your work this week. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #236 Resolutions For 2017, How About A Word?

Welcome to the first Monday Moanin of 2017. Celebrating a new year is the perfect time to reflect and make resolutions.  Many people, including myself find resolutions near impossible to achieve and maintain. I agree with  author Jon Gordon who suggests picking one word to focus on throughout the year. As a result , I have been thinking and reflecting on what will my word be for 2017.  I am happy to share with you that my focus for 2017 will be the word practice. Of all the words to choose, why practice? The obvious answer is to practice something means that we will get better at it. My goal is to focus on practice and  improve my effectiveness working with principals, and other educators. By practicing with a purpose, I hope to keep growing and improving my skills in all areas professionally and personally. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #235 Thank You Principals, You Are Appreciated

Happy Monday Moanin to everyone. Wow, we are almost finished and ready to start a long Holiday break. Below is an archived blog from 2013 on my appreciation for Principals.  I hope you enjoy it and have a great break.

 

As we approach another Holiday break I wanted to write about what a great job Principals do in leading their buildings and how much I appreciate their efforts. Listed below are the 1o things I appreciate about them. Read more

Monday Moanin #234 Give More During This Time Of Year

Happy snowy Monday Moanin and welcome to the Winter Wonderland of Michigan 2016.  For many a long break and a celebration that may be spiritual, family focused or both are a few weeks away.  This is the time of year that many schools are conducting can food drives and other initiatives to help others that are less fortunate. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #233- Be Prepared, Be Intentional

Happy First Monday Moanin of December 2016 to all of you. In a little over three weeks all schools will be closing  for a well deserved break. As a result, this time of year may be filled with distractions and a lack of focus by many of the stakeholders. The coming Holiday break signals us all to begin to prepare spiritually, personally or both. What a perfect time to prepare professionally beginning today.We know that all classroom teachers will be well planned with instructional strategies that engage their learners. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #232 What Great Leaders Do, Give Them A Try

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. My thoughts today are inspired by recent readings from We Are Teachers, John Maxwell, and observing outstanding leaders doing their work. Below are three things that have jumped out at me that are consistent behaviors and intentional strategies that are common among great leaders. They are:

  • Great leaders lead with hope and with a positive purpose. During challenging times and difficult issues they do not lose their way.  They encourage and raise others up.
  • Great leaders lead with respect. They do not put themselves above others and treat everyone in their organization with dignity.
  • Great leaders build a trusting environment. As a result, staff can feel comfortable to do their best work with confidence and creativity.

Consider focusing on these three areas during the next few weeks. I believe it will only enhance your performance. Have a great week and keep finding the good stuff.

Monday Moanin Thoughts #231 Happy Thanksgiving, Check Out These Quotes

Happy  Arctic Michigan Monday Moanin  to all of you. This is also Thanksgiving week 2016.  I wish all of you positive energy and hope as you celebrate later this week.  Listed below are several quotes dealing with gratitude , a common theme as we celebrate this Holiday week. Consider using them as a reminder as you prepare for a productive week. They are: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #230 When Times Are Challenging , Practice Gratitude

It is hard to believe that we are ten days away from Thanksgiving 2016. This Holiday arrives during a time of great division in our country after a challenging election.  As a result, it may be a perfect time to focus on things you can control.  Thanksgiving Day is the time that many people reflect on gratitude and being thankful for those gifts that are important in their lives. This year, lets join them and beginning today make a daily practice of reflecting on those things we are grateful for!   Read more