Monday Moanin #13 10 Things I Appreciate About Principals

As we approach another Holiday break I wanted to write about what a great job Principals do in leading their buildings and how much I appreciate their efforts. Listed below are the 1o things I appreciate about them.

  • The way they provide recognition of students and staff.
  • How they support and encourage teachers with new ideas and strategies.
  • Their ability to understand good instruction.
  • How they visit classrooms and encourage students to do their best.
  • The passion they bring on a daily basis.
  • How they accept total responsibility for their buildings.
  • Their communication skills and how they use different vehicles to get the message out.
  • Their enjoyment of kids and how their decisions are made with the kids in mind.
  • How they lead with humility and treat everyone with respect.
  • Their ability to provide hope and humor for everyone in their school community.

I appreciate all that you do. You do it everyday with class and integrity. Thank you so much.

Have a great week and find the good stuff.

Monday Moanin Thoughts #12 Fight Complacency

Within the next couple of weeks, students and staff will be taking some much needed time off to celebrate the holidays with their families. For leaders of organizations this can be a tricky time. Should I relax and cancel my December staff meeting? Should I stop my one on one meetings with staff because of the  distractions this time of year? Should I not hold kids accountable for their behavior because we are almost to break? The answer is stay on task and LEAD with high expectations. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #11, Fight Back, Tell Your Story

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 #10, Gratitude

This is a great week for everyone to practice gratitude. Make a commitment to seek out ten people and thank them for who they are and what they do. It can be students, staff members, community members, or family. This small act is a powerful way to appreciate one another. By practicing more gratitude and acting with more optimism, researchers believe that good health is enhanced. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #9, Be Current and Proactive

Ouch, not another Monday Moanin. Be on top of your game this week. In most district’s, this week is the one before a few days off to celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a necessary time for all educators to be well planned and intentional in their practice. Many community members tend be a little antsy this week as they prepare for the break. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #8 Communication

One more Monday to wake up to. I hope all is well in your school communities. I urge all school leaders to focus on communication this week.

As a leader , is it important to be in contact with your stakeholders. Develop a specific content schedule that organizes your communication within your school community. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #7 Commitment

It is always tough getting revved up for another week. This week, try narrowing your focus and work at being proactive in the area of commitment. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #6

At this time of  year many school districts are conducting parent teacher conferences. Last week I was attending my kids conference and upon leaving I couldn’t help but notice something. Although there were many parking places available in the lot that I was parked in, there were three cars parked  illegally in the circle right outside the school entrance. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #5

Lots of thoughts from the last week;

I was talking to several HS students about challenges that they face on a daily basis. Near the top was the number of tests or assessments they have on the same day. Several of them shared  that it is not unusual to have three or four tests on most Fridays. Teachers, try asking your students about the amount of tests they are having and adjust your schedule. The goal should be learning and achievement for the student not you pacing guide or timetable.   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #4 Validate

The theme of the week is validate. Across the Tri-County area of Michigan several schools have celebrated Homecoming week. The amount of planning, doing, and acting by students and staff to provide a positive experience for all is overwhelming. As a leader, validate the time and effort put in by these outstanding people. Read more