Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right.Henry Ford Everyone looks at situations differently. You may find people who are always carefree and painfully cheerful, looking at the world through their rose-colored glasses. Then there are those who are pillars of doom and tend to look for (and find) the … Continue reading View Points
Our Slowest Rower
A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.William James My wife has a cousin who was on a collegiate crew team. We were talking at a holiday gathering and she made an interesting comment about rowing as team. In talking about working as a team, she said, … Continue reading Our Slowest Rower
You Always Have Time
Time is what we want the most, but use the worst.William Penn As we wrap up the another school year, I have to admit to you that I am tired. Sometimes the end of the school year can be one of the toughest times for me.The busyness of this time of year always catches up … Continue reading You Always Have Time
Can We Change?
You can change yourself and you can change the situation but you absolutely cannot change other people. Only they can do that. Joanna Trollope Change is a vital process in our schools because learning can be summarized as changing from old perspectives and understandings to new ones. We are all aware that the world around … Continue reading Can We Change?
Even though we don’t really know what the issue is, we’re quite sure we’ve got the answer they need.Michael Bungay Stanier The most important process in creating change in any environment is to lead from the heart and love those whom we lead each day. While this level of caring is the first step, it, … Continue reading Equip
Leading with L.E.S.S.
Each year I choose one word to focus on throughout the year; this one word provides some simplicity in focus for a new year. Rather than a resolution that is outcome focused, the one word helps provide clarity through a singular focus point for the year. This year, I plan to focus on L.E.S.S. L.E.S.S. … Continue reading Leading with L.E.S.S.
Choose Your Steps
You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety. -Abraham Maslow As we finish 2018 and start into a new year, many begin to think about new year’s resolutions. What will I do this year to become a better me? What area of my life do I want to improve? … Continue reading Choose Your Steps
When presented with a problem, how do you react? I have done some research and found that almost every person runs through a “what if...” scenario in their head before responding. What follows that “what if…” determines everything. Those who choose to run away from the problem follow that what if with negative thoughts: What … Continue reading What If…
Belief, Part III
A couple weeks ago I shared John Hattie’s recently updated list of the most profound influencers of student achievement. (Here is a link to that list if you want to see it again: Visible LearningPlus 250+ Influencers of Student Achievement) Hattie identifies “Collective teacher efficacy” and “Teacher estimates of achievement” as two of the highest … Continue reading Belief, Part III
Belief, Part II
Last week I shared John Hattie’s recently updated list of the most profound influencers of student achievement. (Here is a link to that list if you want to see it again: Visible LearningPlus 250+ Influencers of Student Achievement) I went on to share how two of the more impactful influencers in student achievement come down … Continue reading Belief, Part II