What a snowy Michigan Monday Moanin to wake up to. This week many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving 2015. In a few days we will be having a wonderful meal with our loved ones and enjoying a well deserved break from the daily challenges we face. Read more
Hello everyone and welcome to this beautiful November 2015 edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts. Over the last month I have met with several building and district administrators to discuss their work. The meetings are rich and reflective and one common theme has emerged.
Welcome to this beautiful November 2015 Monday Moanin. During the past few weeks I have met with several school leaders and a common theme emerged. Even though it is November , many staffs are feeling like it is April. Educators across the board are operating with low energy and there is still a long way to go till June 2016. Another comment is that morale is low. Not only low , but it has never been lower. Educator Steven Weber asks; “Is morale determined by one person? Is morale pinned on the superintendent or building principals. Does a superintendent make morale go down across the district?” Read more
Happy First Monday of November 2015. Please enjoy this archived post from November 2014. It fits very well for today.
It is hard to believe that we have reached the first Monday Moanin of November 2014. At the end of the month, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many people begin to take some time to reflect on the gifts they have in their life during that week. This year, let’s pledge to make it a daily practice of reflection on those things beginning today! There is no need to wait for Thanksgiving week. Read more
Happy October 2015 Monday Moanin to all of you. One of my favorite people to follow on twitter is @BluntEducator. I have chosen my three favorite tweets from the past week. Consider using them as a prompt for your reflection or consider using one of the posts as a focus point for your work this week. They are: Read more
Happy Chilly Michigan Monday Moanin to all of you.
Over the last the few weeks I have met with many school leaders and a common theme has emerged. Leaders are struggling getting to what is really important. They shared that management issues are consuming most of their time and energy. During our discussions, I suggested two strategies that may help them be more productive. Give these a try. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. This time of year many school districts are conducting parent teacher conferences. A few years ago, I was attending my kids conferences and when I was leaving I couldn’t help but notice something. Although there were many parking places available in the lot that I was parked in, there were three cars parked illegally in the circle right outside the school entrance. Read more
Happy First Monday Moanin of October 2015 to all of you. Over the first four weeks of the 2015-16 school year, I have met with several building administrators to discuss their work. As a result, I come away with many impressions and perceptions. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you on this beautiful final September 2015 Monday. Over the weekend I reread a piece written by Debra Auerbach of CareerBuilder. She wrote about certain comments or statements that no one wants to hear around the workplace and should be avoided. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Recently, 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