Monday Moanin #234 Give More During This Time Of Year

Happy snowy Monday Moanin and welcome to the Winter Wonderland of Michigan 2016.  For many a long break and a celebration that may be spiritual, family focused or both are a few weeks away.  This is the time of year that many schools are conducting can food drives and other initiatives to help others that are less fortunate. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #233- Be Prepared, Be Intentional

Happy First Monday Moanin of December 2016 to all of you. In a little over three weeks all schools will be closing  for a well deserved break. As a result, this time of year may be filled with distractions and a lack of focus by many of the stakeholders. The coming Holiday break signals us all to begin to prepare spiritually, personally or both. What a perfect time to prepare professionally beginning today.We know that all classroom teachers will be well planned with instructional strategies that engage their learners. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #232 What Great Leaders Do, Give Them A Try

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. My thoughts today are inspired by recent readings from We Are Teachers, John Maxwell, and observing outstanding leaders doing their work. Below are three things that have jumped out at me that are consistent behaviors and intentional strategies that are common among great leaders. They are:

  • Great leaders lead with hope and with a positive purpose. During challenging times and difficult issues they do not lose their way.  They encourage and raise others up.
  • Great leaders lead with respect. They do not put themselves above others and treat everyone in their organization with dignity.
  • Great leaders build a trusting environment. As a result, staff can feel comfortable to do their best work with confidence and creativity.

Consider focusing on these three areas during the next few weeks. I believe it will only enhance your performance. Have a great week and keep finding the good stuff.

Monday Moanin Thoughts #231 Happy Thanksgiving, Check Out These Quotes

Happy  Arctic Michigan Monday Moanin  to all of you. This is also Thanksgiving week 2016.  I wish all of you positive energy and hope as you celebrate later this week.  Listed below are several quotes dealing with gratitude , a common theme as we celebrate this Holiday week. Consider using them as a reminder as you prepare for a productive week. They are: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #230 When Times Are Challenging , Practice Gratitude

It is hard to believe that we are ten days away from Thanksgiving 2016. This Holiday arrives during a time of great division in our country after a challenging election.  As a result, it may be a perfect time to focus on things you can control.  Thanksgiving Day is the time that many people reflect on gratitude and being thankful for those gifts that are important in their lives. This year, lets join them and beginning today make a daily practice of reflecting on those things we are grateful for!   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #229 Outta My Mind On Monday Moanin

Happy November, 2016 Monday Moanin to everyone. The late Detroit Free Press  feature writer Bob Talbert every Monday would write a column titled Outta My Mind On Monday Moanin.   In this MMT , in the spirit of  Talbert , I will share thoughts, complaints, comments, and questions that are on my mind about leadership and education.   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 228 Be Aware Of These Students, They Rock!

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. As a new week begins my thoughts are with a specific segment of students that attend all of our schools. All of us working in schools need to be more aware of the large group of students that show up everyday and do what is expected of them. They are quality students and people who are not top scholars or in credit recovery. They are not attention seekers  and may not participate during class or activities.  In many respects, they are the backbone of our student body. These students deserve to be noticed and appreciated for what they bring on a daily  basis.   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #227 Forget The Challenges, What Are You Doing Well?

Happy  October 2016 Monday Moanin  to all of you. Over the first six weeks of the 2016-17 school year, I have met with several building administrators to discuss how their year is going so far.

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #226 Choose One Of These To Practice This Week

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the past several weeks I have met with many administrators and teachers discussing their effectiveness as a team and their individual challenges. My focus during this time is the idea of  practice and what does it mean and how do we do it?  When discussing instruction and assessment the term best practice is used often. But do we really practice  strategies in those areas or do we just discuss it and rarely take action? My understanding of practice is to work on something to improve a specific skill that needs improvement. To get better , we need to practice doing it. This week consider choosing one of these suggestions and try to practice it.

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #225 Thank You Principals, Things I Appreciate

October 2016 is the time that we celebrate all Principals during National Principal’s Month.  What a perfect time  to write about what a great job they do in leading their buildings and how much I appreciate their efforts. Listed below are the things I appreciate about them and job they do daily. Read more