Monday Moanin Thoughts #34 Grow in 2012-2013

Happy Monday everybody. As we are all preparing for a new school year, I kept thinking about , what is going to be different about my work ? Am I going to change ? Will the people I work with notice a difference in my performance?  Finally, will I grow during 2012-2013? Check out the following questions, thoughts, and ideas listed below. Consider focusing on two of the areas and be intentional in your practice. The goal is to grow in 2012-13. Lets get to work. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #33 HLG Planning Summit 2012 Review

Hello everyone. We have  reached August and now the real timely and critical planning begins for the 2012-13 school year. During this past week many educators began to do just that. Fifty-two instructional leaders from nine districts, twenty  two schools, made up of superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders attended the Hickey Leadership Group planning summit at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #32 Annual Camping Trip 2012=Love Works

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 # 31, Lessons from Dad

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. He modeled and taught me these critical elements of leadership. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts , #30 Using Twitter

Today’s Monday Moanin thoughts will be an interview with John Bernia. John is principal at Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion Michigan. He is a Twitter Rock Star and will share his thoughts in this short interview. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #29 Hey Principals, Time To Lead

Being a leader during the final days of a school year can be filled with many challenges. Your ability to help everyone navigate this time is critical to a positive end of the year. Your effort is needed and it is your time to LEAD! Listed below are some  helpful reminders for the end of the year. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #28 Just Asking

Just Moanin,  Just Asking
Why does it feel like it is only in our field of education that we are judged by our weakest link? How about the focus being on the educators that are incredibly  effective. They are the backbone of our profession and the norm.

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #27 Teacher Appreciation

This is an archived blog written in January 2012:

Welcome to the first Monday morning  of 2012. I trust all of you had a wonderful break and are energized to welcome back your staff and students. Besides enjoying my family, I used the break to conduct many one question interviews with learners of all ages. I was interested in finding out what did  learners appreciate about their teachers. What made them successful as instructors?  Here are some of  the comments I received: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #26 Five Quotes For Guidance

I hope all of you find good energy  on this Monday morning. The content of today’s blog is posting five of my favorite quotes that  hopefully guide you as you begin your week. They may serve as a great reminder or possibly provide you some direction as you plan for  productive experiences. Hopefully , one of these will be helpful . Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #25 Bring ENERGY!

Good morning everyone and  welcome to the 25th edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts. I trust that spring break was a restful and  enjoyable time for you and yours. Over the past year, I have met with several building administrators to listen and discuss the work they do. I have come away with many impressions one being that administrators are very good at identifying the challenges of their job. Read more