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A Staff That Serves

So, I often write about the incredible school I call home and the people and things that make it such an incredible place. So often, these "things" are collections of moments; some so small and seemingly inconsequential that you might actually not even notice them if you weren't paying attention. And I try to pay attention. Because other times those moments… Continue reading A Staff That Serves

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The Teacher in Me

"Why are you writing a lesson plan? You're an administrator now!" "I know, but I have a lesson to teach Friday and I had this great idea....I guess it's just the teacher in me". That conversation happened at home the other day. I am in my third year as an Assistant Principal and I can tell… Continue reading The Teacher in Me

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GoodViews

"Film provides the opportunity to marry the power of ideas with the power of images."-Steven Bochco Do you have a Goodreads account? I do, and I use it often to keep track of books I have read or am reading. I also write and read reviews on Goodreads and I collect favorites from others which I save… Continue reading GoodViews

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A Journey Of Self-Renewal

I love new beginnings. Whether starting a new job, discovering a new passion, a spiritual journey, or a new chance to make a difference...there is nothing quite like the energy we feel when embarking on something new. I remember the inspiration I felt when I first decided to learn to crochet. And when I volunteered for the first… Continue reading A Journey Of Self-Renewal

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Spring Reflections

Well, the excitement is in the air. Spring Break is right around the corner, and while this is always a welcome break, it also ushers in a very hectic time!  Just to give you an idea, here is a quick run down of what may be on an administrator's plate come Spring (and I am sure you could… Continue reading Spring Reflections

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Why Me, Here, Now?

Last week was our district's leadership conference and the learning centered around the word "thrive".  For our keynote, we were honored to hear Dr. Bertice Berry  speak about servant leadership. During this address, she said something that really resonated with me and, judging from our district conference hashtag, many others as well: Walk with purpose and you will collide… Continue reading Why Me, Here, Now?

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We Have A Plan, They Said…

On a busy day back in December, I was in my office trying to get a student iPad to work. Another student who happened to be with me at the time noticed my frustration and offered to take a look at it.  Within about 30 seconds, he had the problem solved. Fifth graders never cease… Continue reading We Have A Plan, They Said…

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My Struggle With Wait Time

Wait time was something I tried to practice regularly as a classroom teacher. It is always in our nature as teachers to want to jump in and solve a student's problem, help them when they are stuck,  respond immediately to a question they ask or problem they have. It took a lot of focused and… Continue reading My Struggle With Wait Time

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Connecting In Your Own Building

In a previous post I wrote about a way I am using the web tool S'More to invest in the professional growth of the teachers and staff in my building. In one of my S'mores I shared with our staff the why and how of being a connected educator. I have done these S'Mores weekly… Continue reading Connecting In Your Own Building

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The Power of A Phone Call

I grabbed my notepad and began my typical routine that morning, stopping into classrooms and watching all the great teaching and learning going on in the building.  The first room I stopped into was a 4th grade math class. The teacher was just beginning to introduce decimals, and the class was having a discussion about what they… Continue reading The Power of A Phone Call