Spring is here-which for a school that serves all kindergarten students-means it is time to meet the students and families of the 2018-19 school year. When you register 300-400 students for kindergarten in just two days you learn what works, what doesn't, and how to continually adjust things to continue to meet everyone's needs. April… Continue reading Is your school and staff ready for the new class? Getting ready for K Registration. #HackingEarlyLearning
Recently I followed a twitter conversation about principals speaking at conferences instead of leading in their schools. My question since reading and reflecting on the post and comments is 'Why does it have to be one or the other?' I love my school, I pull into the parking lot everyday and look forward to what… Continue reading Leaders Need Opportunities to Learn.
This week I had the opportunity to teach for two days in two different kindergarten classrooms. The picture below was from the science lesson in the Green Deer room. The activity was as follows "read the book Who Lives in the Sea-first have students generate their own ideas, next have elbow partners discuss what lives in… Continue reading Learning how to persist from five year olds. #HackingEarlyLearning
As leaders you are asked many questions in a day (or even an hour). Do we have inside recess? How many sections of (insert grade level) will we have next year? What time is the staff meeting again? Are you busy? Sometimes the question we are asked are simply yes/no's. But other times the questions… Continue reading Making Timely Decisions. #HackingEarlyLearning
During the past month I have had some incredibly exciting, scary and emotional opportunities rush past me. But for the most part-I have kept my mouth shut about each of these. Two weeks ago while reading Brene Brown's The Gift's of Imperfection the quote above hit me hard. Why do we hide behind worry and… Continue reading Lesson Learned.
The 2006-2007 school year was the last time I was listed as the teacher of record for any classroom. In November a veteran teacher met with me and asked me to sub in a class to get a feel for what teaching is like today. I took this to our Site Team to ask-would any… Continue reading Principal turned Kindergarten Teacher. #HackingEarlyLearning
This weekend we went to the movie The Greatest Showman. While I wasn’t looking for a life changing lesson in that 2 hours, it came anyway. During the movie the lyrics of the song From Now On hit me hard: While I can’t say I have had the honor of meeting Kings and Queens, I can… Continue reading The Greatest….No.