Fieldwork to Work

When I was completing fieldwork I had many opportunities to work in a leadership capacity. The difference between then and now is becoming clearer. Fieldwork provided the opportunity to step in and out of the leadership role at my discretion, but now the expectation is a constant, and that's a good thing.

#VOTENJPENSION (The Real Problem)

If the pension vote makes it to the 2016 ballot it will probably fail. It would be too easy to show an ambulance with someone facing a life threatening situation unable to pass a road needing repairs.

The pension is deferred compensation for services rendered, and it is my understanding the government is required to pay...unless they can't.

That's the problem. Who decides?

2016 Reflection on Leadership

Leadership requires learning what needs to be done, sharing in the doing, and actively communicating the process. Meanwhile leaders are role models that should acknowledge and learn from their mistakes as they seek the best from others.  I want to be known as hard on problems, but not on people.

Things I Don't Want to Forget

Moving into an administrative position is on the horizon, and before it happens I don't want to forget my current perspective on the importance of teaching.

1) Don't hold it against a teacher that is only working to their contract.

2) Teachers have enough to do, so if administration gives them something extra, they should take something away.

3) Teachers should have the flexibility to allow students independent study options. For example, if a teacher wants to let a student take November off of regularly scheduled class activities to write a novel, permit them.

4) Only ask teachers to sub when it really is an emergency.

5) Don't put teachers in positions where they feel the need to apologize.

6) Only start a program you are willing and able to implement with fidelity.

7) It's okay to polish someone else's star.

8) Avoid micromanagement.

9) Listen.

10) Continue to teach, learn, and grow...


With your help, things on this list without a link should have one soon.
What do you want principal to remember?

Attitude Matters

Enjoy opportunities for learning, even if you think you've outgrown them. 

Ocean City, 2015 (Small Bumper Cars)

How Much Will Your Plate Hold?

Recently the majority of our mandatory compliance training moved from part of our professional development time to an online tool we may complete at our convenience over the course of the year.

Perhaps the future holds increasing amounts of online professional development on your own time.

My recommendation would be to find the recommended time for completion for each required tutorial, and then to put in for a professional development day (or days) to match the total amount of time required.

As more is placed on a teacher's plate, if something isn't removed intentionally, things will begin to fall off.

How is your union handling this issue?

It's a Quarter 'til Seven

twenty five

I'm stuck in my ways. It's actually easier to say the real time because of technology, but I find myself reverting to they way I learned it... because it worked, right!

Perhaps that's why fuzzy time appealed to me much like the fuzzy clock.