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

5 Reasonable Ways to Begin to Address Childhood Trauma

Friday was a tough day. I had a long list of things to do -- things I had carefully arranged on my calendar to be certain they would all be completed. The day began as planned, with the final session of a book study on The Happiness Advantage with a small group of staff members. … Continue reading 5 Reasonable Ways to Begin to Address Childhood Trauma

What I Learned By Opting Out of My Office

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