Sunday, April 23, 2017

My NEW Principal Work Bag - Vlog #3

I might be getting the hang of this! Learned lots of new video production tips this week! Super Fun!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What's in my Backpack- Vlog #2

This weekend in my Backpack.... its always something different but this is what was in it this weekend for the long weekend. I'm usually much more on top of my digital game but not this time of year:) 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review - The 5 Languages of Appreciation at Work

Taking a risk and attempting V-logging the past couple of weeks! What do you think? Other than my head is almost cut off in the entire video. You have to start somewhere!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Spring Break Learning and Reflections

Over the years I have spent Spring Break a variety of different ways. Of course the beach Spring Breaks when I was younger. But most of my Spring Breaks are spent learning and reflecting. Don't[ get me wrong, I have been in education long enough that there have been years that I block out any thought of school during Spring Break.  Those are few and far between because I genuinely LOVE learning. 
Our job as principal can be so busy that we struggle to find time to read, learn, and reflect on day to day routines and events. Teachers jobs are much the same. We are so busy living in the moment and sharing our best selves with each other and our students that we don't take time for our own learning. I have tons of books to read, blogs to read, YouTube channels to watch, podcasts to listen to and Twitter chats I want to partake in. Here is some of the personal learning I have managed to complete in the past few days and weeks:
I actually purchased The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros when it came out. I give my teachers the permission to be innovative and take risks all the time so why would I need to read this book? All my principal friends have it and are tweeting about it but I just thought...meh...I'll get to to it:) I am so glad that I finally had the time to read it! It clarifies a lot of my thinking and gives me a different perspective for teachers. You have to read it to understand! AND George has created an entire learning experience you can be a part of! Click here and join the movement!  This was so good that
I read this really fast. Now I am re-reading it to be apart of the IMMOOC.

Ok, so I was super mad at myself for not getting this book and reading it sooner! I know and have met Brad so I thought there was nothing else he could tell me. Boy was I wrong! I got tons of ideas from this book. Brad has to be one of the most energetic principals I know and his energy comes out in his writing too. In previous posts I mentioned that I am not much into reading or participating in philosophical banter unless it is with my own staff. This book has a lot of "how to" to go along with the "why" and I love that! You have to read this one too! Brad has an amazing blog too:

Next I have to tell you about the MO principals conference, and Google Teacher Tribe podcast, and The Five Languages of Appreciation at Work but I am going to take a break. I mean it is spring break after all:) 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Padlet Appreciation Idea

Last week was Counselor Apprceiation week. It's so hard to come up with creative ways to be appreciative after all these years. I really do search out new and creative ideas. I am thrilled to have so many creative friends near and far. Now if I only I can remember where I saw this idea so I could give credit. I am going to have to do a better job of that.
Below is a Padlet I shared with 3rd and 4th grade teachers to put the link in their Google Classrooms. 
Once the teachers posted the link, their students could write a virtual post it note to Mrs. Woodall.
After I shared the link with everyone I felt like I needed to let Mrs. Woodall know so she could see it right way. You never know how technology is going to work and I wanted to make sure she at least saw a little bit of it:) 
Made with Padlet
THEN....I displayed it on the TV in hallway using a Chromecast. (My secretary cast it from her desktop in the office for the day!)