For the past several weeks, I have been sending the following email to my teaching staff. I call it, my office opt out. If you would like some principal assistance, I have the following openings available for this week: [this is followed by specific dates and class periods] I am willing to: Give (or monitor) … Continue reading What I Learned By Opting Out of My Office
Things aren't as easy as you might think. I like school. My classes don't start until after nine o'clock, but I'm usually awake early -- sometimes by six fifteen. My Mom, or my Nana, drop me off at school by seven-thirty so that they are able to make it to work on time. There are … Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Student
There is too much time in my day and I don't have enough to do. ...said no one above the age of fourteen. Ever. For most of us, packed schedules and long to-do lists make every day an exercise in determining opportunity costs. If I choose to do activity "y", what will be the impact … Continue reading The “Things That Matter Most” Protocol
I love cross-country. You know, the sport where you run off-road, up hills, and around trees. I was an average cross-country runner in high school, but I learned a lot from the sport and really enjoy my teammates and camaraderie. Here is a link to article that does a pretty good job explaining some of … Continue reading What If We Are Only As Good As Our Fifth Runner?
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less. - C.S. Lewis True story. On Friday, I had just completed supervision of the first of two lunch periods at my school. I was standing in the center of our campus, greeting students as they passed on their way to afternoon classes (happy … Continue reading It’s Not About Me, Or You
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. - Mother Teresa On Friday evening I was on a connecting flight (with my daughter and wife) from Chicago to Wichita, Kansas. We were all engaged in our own activities -- sleeping, reading, listening to music -- when my daughter, who … Continue reading I Am Not In Control
Like many of you, I have watched with a great deal of sadness as this weekend's events have unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia. The brazen hatred, smugness, and pride emblazoned on the faces of marchers bearing torches is stomach turning. However difficult it may be, I would encourage you not to turn away from the images … Continue reading 5 School Responses to #Charlottesville