Monday Moanin Thoughts #248 Use Top Tweets To Guide Your Week

Happy  Monday Moanin  of April 2017.  Spring time is the signal that you are beginning the home stretch of the 2016-17 school year. During January through March, I tweeted many opinions and quotes from many of the stars of leadership and education. Below are listed my top ten tweets for that time period. Each of them had over 1500 impressions on Twitter. Consider using them to guide your work this week as you begin winding down and finishing strong. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #247 5 Things Every School Leader Should Say

For many of you this will be the final week of school before a much deserved spring break. Several years ago I read a blog by Sheryl Nance-Nash about things leaders should say. As a result, I thought it would be a great time to post something similar by listing 5 things we should here often in schools from all leaders. I believe  these are  some of the right words and phrases that can keep your organization growing and moving in a positive direction. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #246 Conduct Your Own Spring Cleaning

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. For many this may be the week before the week for spring break 2017. For most of us in Michigan we know about spring cleaning and opening up all of the windows and letting that fresh air in.  It is a way of getting rid of that cooped up cabin fever feeling of a frigid winter. As a result this can be a great time to  conduct a professional spring cleaning to help enhance and  freshen up your practice.  Use the questions listed below to guide your reflection.  Consider using some of them with your staff as openers at your next PD/staff meeting.  Here goes: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #245 Reminders And Thoughts From Previous MMT’s

Welcome to another March 2017 Monday Moanin. Hopefully this will be a positive and productive week for you and your staff.  Positive and productive are always challenging during the month of March and coming up with an idea or focus for this blog is no different. After some reflection, I am posting three excerpts from my previous 244 Monday Moanin Thoughts. Hopefully they will timely and helpful as you begin your week.

From May 31,2015 #160

One thing is certain, there are no easy answers during this difficult time. However, I would emphasize and remind you that Leaders Don’t Hide!  It is critical to fight the invitation to disappear. When your organization is hurting it is important to be hopeful and I believe you can do this without acting pollyanna. You can be respectful without cheerleading. You can be supportive without trying to fix things for people. You can be a listener and fight the urge to be a nervous over-talker. You need to be present in order to be compassionate. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #244 Things Haven’t Changed, Tell Your Story

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. It is early March 2017 and Education is a topic that is front and center across the country. Below is an archived blog from November 27, 2011. Nothing has really changed in terms of many of these issues. More than ever, public educators need to be active in sharing the truths about the work that is being done on behalf of their students. It is time to get to work.

From November 27, 2011:

For the past several months public education across the country has been attacked and defined by several as failing and ineffective. In fact,  many state legislatures have passed laws increasing  the number of charter schools, reducing teacher pay, imposing an 80-20 health care provision on educators, and reducing the amount of state aid to schools. All of these pieces of legislation do little to help improve public education. In fact it is clear that politics is being played while support  is being given to privatizing many areas of education. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #243 Fight The Mid Winter Blues, Take Action

Happy final Monday Moanin of  February 2017.  This is the time of year that many of us call the Mid Winter blues. Whether it is the lack of student focus, lack of sunny days, the wintry mix, or  the long stretches without a break from the daily grind, this time of year is challenging. So, let’s attack the blah’s by being proactive. Your staff may need direction and definitely your support during this time of year. Here are three areas for you to consider beating the blues. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #242 Is Your Climate Dipping, How Is Your Tension?

Good morning and happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Many authors agree that successful organizations and teams need a healthy tension to be productive. My definition of healthy tension is an organization rooted in a collaborative climate. Some examples include staff engaging in discussions about instruction, learning,  growth and possible changes in how individuals teach and students learn. The opposite is an organization that focuses on teacher/adult happiness that may not have enough tension or discipline to change and improve. Some describe this as a more congenial environment than collegial.   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #241 Reflect On These To Guide Your Week

Welcome  to the  first Monday Moanin of February 2017.  In today’s MMT, I am excited to share five quotes/ideas that may guide you as you begin your week. Consider using them as a reminder or help provide you direction as you plan for a productive week. Here is hoping one of these will resonate with you:

Danny Steele writes; ” Teachers, instruction without rigor is weak. Instruction without relevance is lame. Instruction without relationships is futile.” Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #240 Enhance Your Practice By Keeping It Simple

Welcome to this frigid January 2017 Monday Moanin. Leadership can be a very complex issue. Mostly because it involves other people. Your organization has many employees that bring their concerns and their life challenges into the workplace everyday. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #239 No Matter Your Rank, Dig In!

Happy January Monday Moanin to all of you. Wow, it feels like springtime in Michigan. This past week has been filled with many interesting events. On a national level a new President was inaugurated and Donald Trump began his term as the 45th President.  There is sure to be many new policies and executive orders enacted that will result in changes including education. Here in Michigan, Governor Snyder and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released school score cards, which provide a wide range of data. This includes a top to bottom ranking of nearly every school in the state. Thankfully, this will be the final year of these rankings and the state will comply with the with the federal law that  oversees K-12 schools for 2017-18. The accountability system will switch to grades of A-F and other data points. Read more