Posted in #dadsasprincipals, Guest Posts, Reflection

Bringing My “A” Game – #DadsAsPrincipals Super Bowl Edition

This guest post is written by my friend J. Kapuchuck. a super dad and a super principal in Rockingham County, Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @PrincipalKap

In today’s society everything is changing at a rapid pace.  However, the one thing that has not changed is our passion for either participating in sports or watching them.  Growing up in a town 45 minutes North of Pittsburgh, sports were a part of life and we all bled Black and Gold, which I still do now.  In case you didn’t know, Pittsburgh is the only city where all the major sports teams have the same colors.  Each Sunday during football season we would be glued to our one TV in the house to watch Steelers play, all decked out in our Black and Gold.  I would listen to the stories of the Steel Curtain, the Immaculate Reception, and try to emulate the toughness of Jack Lambert as I would tackle my older brother whenever he would get up.   After the game, we would often go outside and play our own game of football, no matter the temperature or how much snow we had.  It is what we did. Continue reading “Bringing My “A” Game – #DadsAsPrincipals Super Bowl Edition”

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Celebrating Your Home Team -#DadsAsPrincipals Super Bowl Edition

When you  think of your “home team,” what comes to mind? Is it your family or your favorite sports team? Why don’t we put as much energy and passion into celebrating our family or our school as we do our favorite football team? This post is part of a series we are starting with our #DadsAsPrincipals group of educational leaders making connections to the Super Bowl and our lives as dads and leaders. Continue reading “Celebrating Your Home Team -#DadsAsPrincipals Super Bowl Edition”

Posted in Book Talks, Guest Posts, Innovative PD, Instructional Tips

The Power of Principal Read Alouds

Principals need to be engaging with students in their classrooms for them to be an effective leader. It is imperative that we get a feeling of what the teachers’ and students’ lives are like in school on a regular basis. Random walkthroughs and class visits don’t always give this immersed feeling because they are quick and the administrator tends to be a bystander to the activity instead of actively engaged. Principal (or any administrator) read alouds provide an intentional and meaningful experience to the principal and the students. In this post, J. Kapuchuck, @principalkap a principal at Plains Elementary, and Andy Jacks, @_AndyJacks, a principal at Ashland Elementary, two principals from different parts of Virginia, have a few thoughts on the impact these read alouds have had on their leadership in their schools. Continue reading “The Power of Principal Read Alouds”

Posted in Innovative PD, Reflection, Technology

Twitter Teacher Tips (with handout)

I’m often asked by teachers and schools how to get started using Twitter. Our school team has been fortunate enough to help many other schools begin their social media journeys by providing social media workshops. At these workshops, we typically provide a tip sheet to give teachers to take away with them as reminders or extra ideas. Read more in this post for the latest version of that handout to see if that is something that could benefit you or your school.

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Posted in Analogies/Metaphors, Reflection

Don’t Let Your Speed Bumps Turn Into Stop Lights

A goal without a plan is just a wish. If it matters, follow through, work the goal every single day, make it a priority, and success will be inevitable. Don’t let your speed bumps along the way turn into stop lights and stop you from accomplishing your goals.

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