Monday Moanin Thoughts #164 More Lessons From Annual Camping Trip

Happy June 2015 Monday Moanin to you. Wow , what a beautiful weekend I just experienced in Western Michigan. For the past several years my family and I have  been lucky enough to participate in an annual camping weekend. I am not going to lie, I am not Captain of the all camping team. In fact many times, including this year I manage to forget a critical component needed for the trip,( tent poles). So we had to buy a new tent. However, every year I learn more about team work and applying Manby’s seven principles. Below is an archived blog from June of 2012.  Enjoy!


Posted June 24, 2012

I just spent the weekend at PJ Hoffmaster State Park campground  near Grand Haven, Michigan and couldn’t help but notice love, support, collaboration, and teamwork in action. For the past decade my wife and her  two college roommates and families get together to camp. It is hard to believe that we have taken all of these trips. We are all older and our children now have have significant others, some are still in school and we also  have grandchildren in the mix. Wow, what a gift!! Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #163 Happy Fathers Day, Lead Like Dad

Please enjoy this archived blog from June of 2012.

Happy Fathers Day!  My dad passed away in 1991 and I miss him very much. I think of him everyday and as I get older his influence continues to grow on me. An area that I never focused on until this morning ,was his influence on me as a leader. My dad was a great initiator with many outstanding qualities. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #162 Rest, Reflect, Reinvigorate

Happy mid June 2015 Monday Moanin to everyone. For many of you this may be your first week without students or of summer vacation. After a long and challenging school year it is important to recharge and get some rest. Enjoy some quality family time and have your share of fun. After a few weeks of rest and renewal it is time to get to work. The following ideas hopefully will assist as you begin planning for the summer and upcoming 201-16 school year. Give consideration to the following strategies. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #161 Finish Strong, Refer To These Quotes

Welcome to this June edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts. This may be the last week of school for many of you. As a result it may be a week filled with many distractions. It may be a time that you feel, ” lets just get this year over.” I hope that you fight that feeling. It may just be the perfect time for you to lead as if it was the first week of  the 2015-16 school year. This morning I spent a few hours on Twitter soaking up lots of good stuff from my PLN. Listed below are a few quotes that may help you focus your thoughts and actions as you begin 2015-16.

@principalpaul posted; “The true strength of our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert.”

@Dr_TravisBurns posted a James Comer quote: “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.”
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