Are You at Risk??

Physically and mentally exhausted, disheveled, overwhelmed…..these are the adjectives I would use to describe how I typically feel at the end of facilitating an Administrator’s Academy or workshop.  After countless …

Parent Teacher Conferences

It’s November, which for many of us, indicates that it is time for Parent Teacher Conferences.  Early in my career I dreaded parent teacher conferences. I collected student work samples, …

A Little HS Love

I was, what I consider to be, a traditional high school student.  I played softball and volleyball, I earned okay grades (could have done WAY better), got in my fair …

Mind Boggling Math

Growing up I always enjoyed math.  I felt that math was very black and white, I loved that there was a “right” and “wrong” answer to problems.  The fact that …

Behavior Management

Last week, I attended my daughter’s kindergarten parent night.  As a former teacher and principal, I vowed to never be the parent that “attacks teachers” or believes 100% of the …

Student First Language

It was my second day as a Principal (ever), I sat in the district-wide administrative team meeting sitting next to the Director of Student Services.  I made a comment to …

Raising Student Achievement

Congratulations to D300’s Christina Dahlberg from Algonquin Lakes Elementary School for being the first to respond to my blog last week, “As The Bell Rings”.  Christina will receive a $20 …

As The Bell Rings

As a teacher (and administrator), one of the things I enjoyed most about the beginning of a new school year was creating my daily schedule.  Yes, I know how lame …