Posted in Analogies/Metaphors, Servant Leadership

If my students are Batman, then I must be Alfred…

Usually, I’m looking for any excuse I can find to dress up and act like a nut for our students at school. If you follow anything of mine, you’ve probably seen that already, dressing up like Thor, the Elf on the Shelf, Mustafa, you name it. But today, as we were getting ready to come to school, and my own kids were getting dressed in their costumes for “Powered by Kindness” day of our #GreatKindnessChallenge, it hit me. If my son and so many of my students were going to be Batman today, it’s only fitting that I should be Alfred. Continue reading “If my students are Batman, then I must be Alfred…”

Posted in Guest Posts

Weird Principals

Weirdness isn’t weakness! It’s a way to celebrate the unique ways we can engage our school community by any means possible.

We try so hard in leadership positions to be what we think others want us to be, remembering the many, many leadership ‘characteristics’ that are apparently so vital for success. We read, try to imitate, fail, and then go back to reading more to find the ‘answer’ to how we should be. Continue reading “Weird Principals”

Posted in Innovative PD, Media

“I Believe” Staff Video

When inspiration, reflection, and engagement comes together with your staff, this is an example of what you can accomplish. At our 1st staff meeting in January, we asked teachers to write what they believed for their students and then show it on video. The twist is that we played the video back in reverse! This was quick to make and didn’t take much time in the staff meeting, but the visuals are powerful.

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Posted in Feelings Matter

Keep it Simple, Less can be More

The easy. The obvious. Why are we spending so much time coming up with complicated plans and strategies when the best ways to connect are so simple?

Before winter break, I asked all of our staff members to write a postcard note to one of their students. We mailed these out over the break so that during that time away, our students still would know that we care about them. (Shout out to Mrs. Stovall @cfstovall43, one of our awesome 5th grade teachers for the idea!) Continue reading “Keep it Simple, Less can be More”

Posted in #OneWord

My #OneWord2017 is FOCUS

My #OneWord2017 is focus!

If you know me at all, you wouldn’t be surprised that this is my one word for the year. You may be muttering under your breath, “…it’s about time…”  or “…that should have been your one word last year…”

As I’m typing this, I have eight tabs open in my web browser and had to stop midway through this to start another post because I was getting off topic. It’s not that I’m exactly unfocused, but it’s that I want to do it all, and I try to do it all at the same time. Continue reading “My #OneWord2017 is FOCUS”

Posted in Analogies/Metaphors

Life is like a box of…puzzle pieces

20161231_093850Sometimes inspiration for writing comes at the oddest times. As we were putting together a puzzle as a family for the holidays, I was struck with how much this was a powerful metaphor for life, leadership, and education. Forrest Gump so famously said, “Life is like a box of choc-o-lates” but I think he had it wrong. I think life is like a box of puz-zles pie-ces. (you can fill in the Forrest Gump accent on your own, don’t pretend like you weren’t already) Continue reading “Life is like a box of…puzzle pieces”

Posted in Feelings Matter, Innovative PD, Servant Leadership

Effective Leadership Starts with Positive Thinking -This I Believe

I was recently tasked in one of my graduate classes at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) to write a statement about my beliefs in the form of “This I Believe.” This style was founded through NPR as a series that is pretty similar to what Ted Talks have now become. I thought not only was this very powerful in making me focus and reflect, but that if I believed it so much, that I should put it out there publicly. I chose to focus on one specific belief that I feel very strongly about. Here we go… Continue reading “Effective Leadership Starts with Positive Thinking -This I Believe”