Monday Moanin Thoughts #64 What Do Students Need From Their Teachers?

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. As the school year begins to wind down, many  students feel pressure and anxiety.  Whether it is a deadline for an assignment or an upcoming science fair project  being due, the end of the year can be a struggle for many learners. In January , I wrote a blog on what students appreciated about their teachers. During late April and early May, learners need their teachers to teach in the same way that was on that January 2013 list.   Below is the blog from January. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #63 Great Time To Focus On Instruction

Good morning to all of  you wonderful educators on this chilly  Spring 2013  Monday moanin.   The spring is a challenging time for students to stay focused on their studies. You know, who is kidding who, it is difficult for adults to stay focused also. As a result ,now is a great time to revisit , refocus, and share with each other some instructional  best practices that will help keep the learner focused  on learning and not  on the distractions of  springtime. Listed below are some reminders that may help. Teachers,  you may want to consider the following reminders and suggestions: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #62 Are You Leading With Courage?

I wish all of you a happy April Monday Moanin. Noted University of Pennsylvania psychologist , author  and researcher Martin Seligman defines a courageous person” as someone who doesn’t  shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty , or pain.” For many educators and leaders it is a challenge to act with courage given the scrutiny  and  negative attention on public education. It is common for some leaders to become less confident and act with caution. The goal is to fight through the caution and lead others with courage. However, do all courageous decisions have to be high profile or monumental like a non-renewal or a  staff discipline issue?  My answer is no. Everyday decisions need to be made that do not  need the school district’s legal council to be consulted. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #61 Focus On Communication

Happy Monday Moanin to all of  you. I trust that you have had a restful spring break and are fired up to get back to work. It is always a challenge when you return after a long break. A good way to help with this transition is to focus on enhancing your leadership qualities. Paul Warren wrote an article on the qualities that teachers want in their principal. One of those qualities is effective communication. It is an essential skill that all principals need to have and enhance to be a productive leader.  Listed below in bold are some great reminders for you to focus on over the coming weeks. Read more