Monday Moanin Thoughts #227 Forget The Challenges, What Are You Doing Well?

Happy  October 2016 Monday Moanin  to all of you. Over the first six weeks of the 2016-17 school year, I have met with several building administrators to discuss how their year is going so far.

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #226 Choose One Of These To Practice This Week

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the past several weeks I have met with many administrators and teachers discussing their effectiveness as a team and their individual challenges. My focus during this time is the idea of  practice and what does it mean and how do we do it?  When discussing instruction and assessment the term best practice is used often. But do we really practice  strategies in those areas or do we just discuss it and rarely take action? My understanding of practice is to work on something to improve a specific skill that needs improvement. To get better , we need to practice doing it. This week consider choosing one of these suggestions and try to practice it.

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #225 Thank You Principals, Things I Appreciate

October 2016 is the time that we celebrate all Principals during National Principal’s Month.  What a perfect time  to write about what a great job they do in leading their buildings and how much I appreciate their efforts. Listed below are the things I appreciate about them and job they do daily. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #224 This Week, Focus On Enhancing Practice

Happy Monday Moanin this beautiful October 2016.  My focus for this week is challenging all of you to get better. A few weeks ago I wrote that leadership is not about doing brilliant things. It is about being effective. Listed below are the suggestions to help you do just that.. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #223 Hey Principals, How Are You Communicating?

Happy First Monday Moanin of Fall 2016. Over the last year, I read an article written by Paul Warren discussing the positive qualities that teachers want in their principal. One of those qualities written about was effective communication. It is an essential skill that all principals need to enhance to be a productive leader. Listed below in bold are some great questions from Warren for you to focus on over the coming weeks. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #222 Great Time To Reflect And Grow

Happy final Monday Moanin of summer, 2016. Most of you have navigated successfully the opening weeks of a new school year. As things begin to settle down it is the perfect time to reflect on improving your leadership skills. Ken Blanchard writes about the importance of growth and reflection: “Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s that simple.”
Below are some strategies that may be helpful in helping you grow and lead.  Consider focusing on  a few of these during the next week listed below.

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Monday Moanin #221 Hey Principals, Set A Positive Tone Daily

Happy Monday Moanin  to all of  you on this beautiful , crisp Michigan September morning. Today, most schools in the Midwest are in their initial weeks of the  2016-17 school year. Building principals and their staffs have been busy welcoming students and dealing with all of the tasks that go with starting a new year. As I reflect back on my years as a building principal , I remember  experiencing the first  few weeks with students and staff exhausted due to supervising, planning and facilitating the opening. You may be feeling something similar. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 220 Labor Day 2016, Reflect, Then Practice Gratitude And Passion

Today’s Monday Moanin Thoughts is especially challenging because it signals the end of summer for many of you. It is also Labor Day 2016. A day when we celebrate working people across America.  Even as we celebrate, there are many challenges across our country for workers including unemployment, right to work legislation, living wage issues,  a shrinking middle class, and declining pay and benefits for many Americans.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #219 Get Off To A Good Start By Focusing On These

Happy Final Monday in August 2016. Many of you are busily preparing for your opening staff meeting or are well into the new year. After meeting with several building and district administrators during the month of August, two topics were common during our conversations. Consistency and quality decision-making.  As you embark on a new year , consider focusing on these two areas of  leadership. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #218 Just Asking, Answer Them And Grow

Welcome to the latest August 2016 Monday Moanin Thoughts.  In most areas of Michigan the 2016-17 school year is a few short weeks away. As a result, it is a perfect time to just ask some questions regarding education as you prepare for  the upcoming year. Please reflect on them and see if they may serve as a good prompt for your opening staff meeting and future work. Here goes: Read more