Monday Moanin Thoughts #193 Solid Advice For Educators- Focus On Attitudes

Happy Final January 2016 Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the past few weeks I have met with several educators from the Tri-County area of Detroit. The most common concern among them is building climate and culture. In their 2015  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 #192 Do Our Schools Reflect Dr. King’s Message?

Welcome to another January 2016 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 #191 Lead Better In 2016

Wow, winter is back in Michigan on this frigid January Monday Moanin. Hopefully you are all off to a productive start in 2016. Last week,  MMT #190 asked, what are you going to start in new year?  This week the focus and challenge is about enhancing your leadership effectiveness. Over the past several weeks there have been hundreds of posts and blogs written about leaders improving  their skills.  The authors all had their own opinions on what areas of leadership needed to be enhanced. The challenges for all leaders is what is most important to focus on. In writing this MMT , I  summarized all of the blogs and settled on these 3  traits for your consideration.  Focusing on the following traits will help you lead better in 2016. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 190 What Are You Going To Start Doing In 2016?

Happy first Monday Moanin  of 2016.  I hope that  you had a wonderful Holiday break. During the weeks leading up to break I met with many administrators. Among the many topics we discussed included a question from Ken Blanchard, what do you want to start doing?  Listed below are some questions and suggestions to help as you reflect on what you want start in 2016. Read more