Fresh Paint: A Resilience Metaphor

I spent Saturday morning at school painting classrooms. Lately, I have been a bit discouraged about the physical appearance of our facilities and the unspoken message that dingy walls, stained carpet, institutional like classrooms, and dated buildings send to our students and parents. Over time, things wear out, students spill things, ink pens break, and … Continue reading Fresh Paint: A Resilience Metaphor

Slow Down to be Fulfilled, Focused, and Purposeful

We have several dogs. One is a West Highland Terrier (a Westie) named Kosmo. Kosmo has a personality that matches his name -- he is mischievous, full of energy, quirky, and strong-willed. One of my favorite things to do is take Kosmo to the local dog park where he is free to run wild and … Continue reading Slow Down to be Fulfilled, Focused, and Purposeful

My “Not-to-Do” List [first draft]

This post is Part II of The Redefined Principal Project. And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, … Continue reading My “Not-to-Do” List [first draft]

Improving Personally to Improve Collectively: A Few Reflection Questions

Lately, I have been reading A LOT about social-emotional learning, alternatives to traditional discipline (i.e. restorative practices, mediation, mindfulness), physical classroom environments, and other unique ways to support the students and staff members of our school community. Not only are these subjects of personal passion, I know that effectively managing our learning space and working … Continue reading Improving Personally to Improve Collectively: A Few Reflection Questions