Showing posts from September, 2016

I bet he is Twittering!

I love twitter! I love the fact that I can learn and grow from others. It is my way of constantly getting professional development. I can even get PD in my pajamas.

I have been on Facebook for years, but twitter for only a few. At the beginning, I was apprehensive, I didn't know what to expect. I thought that it would take away from my family time and other duties. The most important thing is I kept an open mind. Let me say, I have grown so much professionally because of twitter.

The other day at a district meeting, I overheard a table saying "I bet he is twittering". It caught my attention! I approached the table and I mentioned that I wasn't on twitter, but I do use it and love it. We then began a conversation on having an open mind. That is all I ask. Try something new today! Expand your toolbox!

With an open mind, anything is possible!

Attendance Is Always A Focus

Having worked at the high school, middle school, and elementary school levels, attendance is always an issue. As teachers and administrators we are always thinking of ways of how to increase attendance and get kids excited to come to school. How do we do it? How do we show parents that the learning happens at school?

Many individuals think that to increase attendance at the three different levels you must: high school students forced to wear ankle monitors will work, give middle school students candy to show up, and at elementary hang some signs that say Every Day Counts. They don't work! We need to do more.

Rather than looking at punitive measures, we need to focus on learning environments that are engaging, fun, and different. If we can create schools that provide a wide range of activities, students will latch onto something that they love.

Create relationships! Build trust with your students and parents that opens the dialogue. Learn their story and be compassionate to them.