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
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill The school I am honored to lead is dynamically diverse. We serve students with an extremely wide range of prior life experiences, cultural backgrounds, and academic needs. Our students come in a wide variety of colors and … Continue reading School Climate is a Journey