Whew! Surviving Back-to-School (7 min. video)

Productivity tip and getting ready for BTS! Teachers and students have been back in school for a week and two days! Let me just tell you that nothing other than survival gets done for about the first 2-3 weeks of BTS prep! My kids get drive-thru, we eat on paper plates, dishes may or may not get washed every day, laundry is in piles, you know what I mean! SURVIVAL!!!

There is a lot more behind the scenes than what's in this video but it's a start. Every year I don't do half the things I want to do for back to school. Big shout out to all the #momsasprincipals who share ideas and support each other during this stressful time. If not for them I'm not sure how we would all survive!

Celebrating Others! - @8Amber8 #askadmin Series

I highly recommend that you follow my good friend and conference roomie Amber Teamann from the blog Technically Teamann. Most notably known as @8Amber8 in our social media circles. She shares phenomenal ideas for school principal/administrators. I. Love. Her!! (But not in a creepy way. You know what I mean.)

This summer she organized many of her principal friends, including me(Yay!) to answer a set of questions applicable to building leadership. It has been amazing to read all the answers! What a powerful way for principals to learn....from each other!
Of course I was paired up superhero principal Matt Arend. Geez! I should have just typed,"What he said!" and left it at that. He is such a servant leader. Check out Q #10 below. That's us!

Check out these awesome answers...

Q1: What is your go to strategy for team building?

Q2: What is something you do EVERY year, without fail?

Q3: What is something you wished you knew as a first year administrator?

Q4: What has gotten easier through the years? Harder?

Q5: Where do I even start to build a culture of innovation?

Q6: How do I become the instructional leader?

Q7: How does the leader model RISK TAKING?

Q8: What are you reading to GROW as a leader?

Q9: How do you know who to hire?

Q10: As the leader, what are you MOST proud of at your school? 

Celebrating others is something I truly want to work on this year. There can be too much negative in life and in education. Believe me, I fall into the "poor me" seasons. If I can be intentional and have some measurable goals maybe I can be that positive influence I wish I had in the classroom and as a beginning principal.

How do you celebrate others?

Principal Randomness - Camera, Driving & Updates (5 min. video)

It's been a while since I uploaded a video or did a blog post. So let me clear that up. On June 9th my dad was killed in a motorcycle accident and my mother was injured very badly. Pretty much the month of June is a blur. (Sorry summer school teachers. I do remember our selfie contests though:) 

There were only3 weeks in July that I could get all my summer projects done before going back to work. It was also the month of the principal's conference...which was amazing!!! That whole story deserves it's own post if I ever get to that.

New camera - right before my dad passed away I got a new camera. The teachers I watch on Instagram and YouTube had fancy cameras. Their videos are so much better than mine. So here I am trying to figure out my camera driving around. (I do not recommend that. BTW.)