Monday Moanin Thoughts #143 Improve Building Climate, Know Who Does What

Happy Final January 2015 Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the past few weeks I have met with several school leaders. Among the topics that are most common is building climate and culture. In the latest book, School Culture Rewired authors  Todd Whitaker and Stave Gruenert write; “If culture is a school’s personality, climate is its attitude. The biggest difference between the two is that attitude is far easier to change than a personality.”  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #142 Dr. King On Education, How Are We Doing?

Welcome to another January 2015 Monday Moanin. Today we celebrate the American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.” Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #141 Be More Productive This Week

Welcome to the second Monday Moanin of 2015. This week I want share with you a few strategies to help enhance your practice. The challenges of your job is great and working in a school lends itself to being more reactive than proactive. Try using some of the following. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #140 Use These To Guide Your Week

Happy 2015  and welcome to this blustery, frigid Monday Moanin in Michigan. I hope you had a great Holiday break. Two weeks ago I encouraged you to begin reflecting on what you wanted to start doing in 2015. I listed many prompts for you to consider as you began your reflection. They ranged from having courageous conversations, to conducting listening walks, to always having an instructional component at every staff meeting. Hopefully, you have determined your area of focus for the new year.  As I reflected over break, I leaned on my PLN for new information and timely reminders. As a result, I am including a few posts that will guide my work this week. I believe that these affirmations could also support your area of focus for 2015. Give them a look and consider using them as you begin your work . They are: Read more