Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my Weekly Educational Diigo links for the week of August 15. I will have another bog post coming out later this week on helming new teachers acclimate to your building so stay tuned!

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Weekly Diigo Education Links

Here are my weekly education posts in my Diigo account. There is a also a new post on “What is Important to You”. Check it out. I hope everyone has a fantastic opening week of school. We still have a few weeks left before staff return, and then another week until the big day!

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What’s Important to You?

How many times have you heard that question? What is important to you? What matters, what is critical to success, what do you spend your precious time on? This is a broad question, with many different facets. It applies to your family life, your personal life and your job life. And with each of those areas of your little world comes a different set of expectations and perspectives. It is not a simple question. I read an interesting blog post on the Connected Principals web site written by Richard Bruford about what we keep “tight” in our schools and what we keep “loose”. The blog was titled “What things should we keep loose or tight in our schools?”, and it got me to thinking first thing in the morning, usually not a good thing.

During the summer months, I do a lot of reflecting back on the previous school year. I spend a lot of time thinking about what went well, and what areas do we, as a team, need to address for the coming school year. This article got me to thinking about a couple of things in particular. The first thought centered around cell phones (and any other device) that virtually every person in the building has. How many hours of manpower have we spent trying to “control” the uncontrollable? Too many. I determined that we are not going to spend another minute trying to to do that. I had a conversation with my superintendent about this the other day, and he provided me with the answer I was looking for. He explained that when he was a principal, they created zones based on the design of a stoplight. There were green zones were you could use devices, yellow zones where you should use them cautiously and red zones where they were not allowed. We decided to make it as simple as possible. The cafeteria will be a green zone, hallways yellow zones and the classrooms will be red zones. Simple.

Then I started thinking about the expectations that I, as the principal, set for our staff. I really believe that all of us have our own leadership styles. I also believe that reading leadership books can muddy the waters. Yes, they are “experts” (I mean, they wrote a BOOK!), but do the tips and strategies they espouse fit into my leadership approach? That becomes a whole different scenario. I determined that there are things I value above other things. I believe that you are a professional and that you will perform your duties in a professional manner. I believe that you will do whatever you can, within your power, to help kids be successful. That is the BIG important item. After that I am pretty flexible. I am not a clock watcher. I understand that life happens. I do not make an issue of single mothers Making their children a priority. I work with teachers when it comes to doctors appointments and family obligations. I think I can do this because I treat them like professionals. Now, don’t get me wrong. If things are happening that affect the working environment then we will need to have that conversation.

As we approach the new school year, take some time to ask yourself what is important to you. Not to the experts, but you. Then do some thinking on how you make these important things visible to your staff.

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my weekly Diigo posts for July 31. August is here, and many of you will be welcoming back students in the coming weeks. I wish all of you a fantastic 2017=6-17 school year!

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Weekly Diigo Education Links

I have returned! I took a few weeks off, had some don time, a little vacation and some home projects. But I am ready to get back to it. During the break, I decided to add a little organization to my Twitter and Diigo posts. If you follow me on Twitter (and why wouldn’t you?), you know I try to post 2-3 things a day on various topics related to education and leadership. I am going to continue doing that, but I have more of a plan. Monday and Friday will be resources on leadership. Tuesday and Thursday I will focus on some of my favorite educational leaders posts. Wednesday will be educational technology day. As always, everything I bookmark in Diigo will be summarized here each and every Sunday.

Enjoy your summer, and read my latest post on why summer is so important to school leaders (well, at least to me).

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The Quiet of Summer

There are certain things in an educators life that have more meaning simply because of our line of work. One of those things is the months of summer. June has a special meaning to us educators. It has many different meanings and nuances. It means the close of another school year. It means saying goodbye to some people, staff, students and parents. It means the end of one of the craziest and busiest times of the year. It also means new beginnings. June, July and August are the time when we prepare for a new school year. We spend time reviewing what happened last year and where we can do better next year, both as a school and as a leader. Yes, there is something special and meaningful about the summer months to educators.

I also find that there is a definite rejuvenation for me personally.  But, I have to be honest. By the time that sacred month of June rolls around, I am exhausted. I need for those little darlings that I care so much for to go away for a while. Don’t get me wrong. I love what I do. I love my job, my staff, my students and my school. But after 10 months of running every minute, putting out dozens of fires daily and generally trying to keep the ship moving in the right direction, I need some down time.

This down time usually lasts for about a month. I get in a vacation, go to a conference or two, and then settle into a quiet, virtually empty building. It feels good…different, but good. For about 4 weeks. Then I get bored. All the hiring is done. The opening work week schedule is complete. Master schedule is finished. Once the building is cleaned from top to bottom, we are basically ready to open. Then the waiting begins. This is the time I hate the most. I get very anxious and can’t wait to have people back in the building. I miss my staff. I miss the day to day craziness. And I REALLY miss the kids. It is time for summer to be over and get back to work. Until next June.

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Weekly Education Links (weekly)

Here are my weekly Diigo posts for the week of June 15. This past week was the last one for students. This week I will begin my summer routine and get more posting done. Stay tuned!

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