#SWMAESP Fall Meeting Sign Up - Oct. 8th

Hello Principals! This is your official invitation and sign up for our first meeting of the year!

Who: Any/all Southwest Missouri Principals
When: Tuesday Oct. 8th, 12:30-3:30 PM
Where: Strafford Auditorium, Strafford, MO

Tentative Schedule:

12:00-12:30 New Principal Social: If you are a new principal or have not been to a SWMAESP meeting please join us early so we can get to know you and learn how we can best help our newbies!

12:30-1:00 Light lunch and socializing: Sandwiches, chips and drinks provided by our SW group. (We might have a sponsor that can cover the cost of lunch but I haven't heard back yet.)

1:00-1:30 Business Meeting: Agenda will be presented at meeting or sent electronically. Something like this......
  • Welcome and Introductions - New State Director Mike Schooley
  • Membership Report - Toni Bass, Logan-Rogersville
  • Treasurers Report -Kara Crighton-Smith
  • Secretary's Report from June 6th Meeting - Pat Sutherland
  • General Announcements - Spring Conference update, call for presentations, etc.
1:30-3:30 Round Table Discussions:
  • Legal/Legislative Issues: Mike Lodewegen
  • Discipline: Annette Cozort/Susie Gasser, Monett Schools
  • Teacher Evaluations:  Michelle Collins, Branson/Toni Bass, Logan Rogersville
  • Celebrations: Lael Hyde/Sheila Moore, Lebanon Schools
  • Time management/Balance: Karla Spears, Halfway Schools
  • Common Core Commuication with Parents: Dr. Doug Hayter, Branson Schools
  • Standards Based Grading: Addie Gaines, Kirbyville Schools/Kara Crighton-Smith Willard Schools
  • Technology: Melinda Miller, Willard Schools(That's me:)
PLEASE fill out this form even if you are not coming. This will allow me to add your information to our contact list even if you are not able to attend.

Lessons Learned "Flipping" Faculty Meetings

What a difference a year makes! The Professional Development Plan I created for my learning last year was to utilize more video. More video to promote my school, communicate, and provide PD. (It sounded more formal on my written plan.) You might say that I learned a lot.......

A wolf in sheep's clothing: My first, unpublished, attempt was just a video of me lecturing in a monotone voice, none the less.  It sounded terrible and I am not a fan of seeing myself in videos. So I have tried to stay away from this format. A lecture is a lecture whether in video or in person.

Everybody's doing it: If you Google "Flipped Faculty Meeting" you will find some good examples and some terrible examples. Of course I am not going link to terrible examples because at least they tried. My first attempt was not that great either.

Praise in public, criticize in private: If you upload your flipped faculty meeting to YouTube, do not scold or discipline your teachers in that video. Really. I am not kidding. Don't do that.

Do not wing it: It took five tries without a script before I decided I probably needed to have a written plan.  So I stopped and wrote it all down.

Timing is everything: Edreach Flipped Learning has some great info. At one point I listened to a short segment and it was suggested to stay under 5 min. per lesson/video. It was actually pretty tough at first. But short quick videos are much better. It's easier for me to watch short quick videos so I thought my teachers would feel the same.

Saving grace?: Not really. At first I thought my teachers would be so thrilled because they would never have to meet with me again. I could just email them and record videos forever. Well that's not true but you know what I mean. We HAVE TO have face to face time. We need to laugh together and have dialogue.  You can communicate anything online now. But even in the flipped classroom model students come back to the classroom to process the information.

Balancing Act: It's just another balancing act in the unpredictable world we work in. Like our work with students, we need to keep it mixed up with adults too. One thing or the same thing all the time will get old.

Try and Try Again: Of course I tried again this year and feel a little better about the end result. Still a work in progress.
  • Part 1 
  • Part 2
  • Part 3 was in written form and you don't get to see it:):):)

Todd Whitaker Workshop in Lees Summit, MO Oct. 29th

Kansas City Suburban Elementary Principals Association is hosting Todd Whitaker on Tuesday Oct. 29th.  We would like to thank them for extending the invitation to SWMAESP and other districts in the state. If you have not had the opportunity to hear Todd Whitaker speak I highly recommend you attend this workshop.
Details are included in the flyer below:

#EdcampSGF Only 2 Weeks Away!

Ready or not, it's #Edcamp season! Registration is still open! Join us for a day of collaboration, learning, and of course...... FUN!


Some of my local blog readers are not on Twitter.  Here are some updates and info about #edcampSGF......... Please share with your teachers and join us!
  • #EdcampSGF website with all the info
  • Event is Saturday Sept. 21st @ Willard High School 
  • This is the 2nd Edcamp held in the Springfield area. Last year Summit Preparatory School hosted. They are helping lead this year's events!
  • It is a FREE event open to teachers, administrators, students, parents etc. Everyone is welcome.
  • Post this flyer in your workroom 
  • The schedule will build itself the day of the event

Try it! You'll like it! Then join old and new #Edcamp friends at #EdcampKC Nov. 9th and #EdcampSTL Feb. 8th!

Random Acts of Kindness Principals' Challenge

Two principals challenged their teachers to perform and share "Random Acts of Kindness" throughout this school year.  They have given me permission to share this with you. I may not get all details correct but you will get the idea. Then you can tweak it for your school.

Mrs. Jennings(L) Mrs. Hyde(R)

Boswell Elementary Principals, Lael Hyde and Rachelle Jennings, kicked off their new school year with a bang! (You can find them on twitter at @Laelow1 and @rdjennings3 )At their back-to-school faculty meeting they shared a notebook that would be kept in the office. This special notebook was put in place to keep track of "random acts of kindness" throughout their school.
Nothing fancy:)

(used Skitch to blur names)

The event that caught my eye was posted to Facebook. These ladies did 12 recess duties for their teachers in one day!

Below Mrs. Jennings shares a special story about her experience that day.......

As most of you have seen already, Lael Streight Hyde and I did a Random Act of Kindness day and took ALL 12 recess duties for our teachers today at Boswell. But I have to share the BEST part of that. I was asked by a group of 4th graders to do a flip on the monkey bars. Not sure if I could still do that at my age, I said I'll have to get the courage up, so see me at afternoon recess. A 4th grade girl came up to me and told me she has always been too scared to do a flip on the monkey bars. So I made a deal with her: if I did a flip she had to try one too. And here's the "goosebumps" part....... At afternoon recess, a crowd gathered around the monkey bars to watch me attempt a flip......to which I accomplished-not very gracefully but none the less- I did it! Then it was her turn. The boys and girls cheered for her as I attempted to help her 3 times. On the fourth try she flipped all the way around the monkey bar too- and they all clapped and cheered!!! She overcame one of her fears today with a huge crowd of students cheering her on!! #tearfilledeyes #blessed

  What would happen if you initiated this challenge?