How are you doing? No seriously-I am worried for all of us. In less than two weeks educators had the rug pulled out from under them, and we’re left with empty classrooms, anxiety, worry, and a new way to teach all day-remotely. In order to learn through this season, we have to create new routines … Continue reading Purposeful Planning through the Pandemic: Creating habits and routines to thrive in this season.
Living with two teenage boys provides a unique dynamic in just about everything. One likes chicken with one type of hot sauce, while the other teen prefers a different kind. One is a swimmer, the other a diver; one plays ‘American football’; the other plays’ real’ football (soccer). This list goes on for pages, but … Continue reading Readers are Leaders. Finding Time in Your Day to Continue Your Learning.
*Disclaimer-this is not a perfect process, rather a work in progress* A few years ago I became aware of the Search Institute and their incredible work engaging families and children. At Woodson, we started a challenge with families to find ways to show our children we care. Each family received a copy of 150 Ways … Continue reading Show up at my…. The value of being present in unexpected places.
So very honored that Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf, co-authors of Lead Like a Pirate allowed me to share my story. Click here to head over to the post. Want a take away? Below is a graphic to help support those who might be struggling through a recent loss. Continue reading When You Can’t Leave it In Your Car. #LeadLAP post.
Caution, I love lists. I make lists for almost every aspect of my life…from school, to work, to even packing I have a list for it. For the past few years have challenged myself to make lists to start the new year. 20’19’ Ways to Elevate Your Leadership This Year 20’18’ Ways to Start The … Continue reading 20’20’ Questions That Will Enhance Your Life and Leadership. #UnConLeader
This date holds a lot of meaning for our family. On Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 we received an email at 2am from the Embassy in Ethiopia that we were cleared to adopt our son. After a very long and difficult journey I had 3 days to buy supplies, pack bags, and fly to Africa by … Continue reading The Personal Side of the Principalship.
A busy week, a crazy schedule, overwhelmed and overworked. With that state of mind any minor ask from others can become a major irritation for me. My heart rate increases while my patiences decreases. My facial reaction is no longer a game face, but one of frustration or irritation. And worst off…..my response to a request tends to not represent my best-self, but one of frustration and anxiety. Continue reading Your State of Mind Matters as Much as the Words You Speak: Learning to Self-Regulate Before You Communicate.
It might be saying no to a program or special event that has always been done-but needs to be done. It might be listening to a parent or guardian express frustration because you are unable to share details of a recent event that involved their child-but other children as well. It could even be a … Continue reading Leading with Grace Through Difficult Circumstances.
I can remember it well, a year ago I was out in Washington DC. My son and I had gotten an early flight so we could start sightseeing right away. We were in line at the National Archives and I quickly checked my social media to find the following post: “Happy Anniversary Rob and Jessica” … Continue reading Leaning into Life.
Start Leading Professional Development the Way You Want Students to Learn #HackingEarlyLearning Listen Just like learning our classrooms, learning in the staff lounge has to look different. Each one of us comes in with different passions, different skill sets and amazing ideas about how best we can continue to serve our students. Finding ways … Continue reading Encouraging creativity, risk-taking, and innovating professional development. #HackingEarlyLearning