Do we have the courage?

As we face our days ahead, do you think about protection? The protection for self, others, and organization. Do you think about risk? Are you willing to take risks, support risks, and encourage risk? Leaders must be willing to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and share dissenting views, even at the risk of disrupting a collegialContinue reading “Do we have the courage?”

Students “Don’t Care,” Do they?

Have you heard this, thought this, or said this? As you glance in a classroom, talk to students or staff, you get an idea of this statement. Sometimes we are quick to place a label on something without further examining the roots to discover a solution. Engagement is our go-to word. Students are not engagedContinue reading “Students “Don’t Care,” Do they?”

Thinking vs Knowing

A thinking thought for today! “There’s a difference in thinking you are a champion and knowing that you are.” Matthew McConaughey What is the difference? Is it because you hold a title? A young mother fights breast cancer and becomes cancer-free. She is a champion. She knows what she has overcome and does not needContinue reading “Thinking vs Knowing”

It is a no-good, horrible nothing going right kind of day!

Have you ever had a day where nothing seems to go right? How does it make you feel? What do you do to get yourself back on the right track? When I was little, my mom would tell me it was because I got up on the wrong side of the bed. “But yesterday wasContinue reading “It is a no-good, horrible nothing going right kind of day!”

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

If this is your first time reading a post of mine, let me please tell you I am not an ordinary individual who always does things the way you expect them to be done. So….I love Walt Disney, crazy acronyms, inspirational videos, music, and thinking way outside the box people feel comfortable being inside ofContinue reading “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…”

Teachers and Leaders, encourage failure!

This title may need to be explained! It is not that I am encouraging all of us to fail but to innovate and become resilient. The title is also not saying teachers and leaders encourage their students to fail. It is the approach and strategies we use to help children grow. One year the themeContinue reading “Teachers and Leaders, encourage failure!”

Blessings, rights, freedom-multiple them

The alarm sounds, and we are off to a new day! The daily calendar is full! Every minute is scheduled with tasks to complete, meetings to attend, places to go, meals to prepare, messages to answer, decisions to make, and the list goes on. When is there time to notice the blessings? Instead of focusingContinue reading “Blessings, rights, freedom-multiple them”

Praise with Purpose

In the attached article you will find information on positive praise, especially for middle school students. “When middle school teachers praised students at least as often as they reprimanded them, class-wide on-task behavior improved by 60% to 70%, according to a BYU study.” One of the most important things I stressed to staff was alwaysContinue reading “Praise with Purpose”

Who’s Talking?

Have you had a great conversation lately? Who was it with? Did you do more talking or listening? When do you feel more uplifted? Is it when you are talking or when you are listening? Who are you listening to? I work at home with my writing. I have no media on at all. MyContinue reading “Who’s Talking?”