Great leadership must start with effective management, which can lead into preventative discipline, ultimately being more present to deal with issues before they become massive problems.  In this blog post and podcast episode, I’m excited to collaborate with Dr. John Gratto, one of my former professors at Virginia Tech. John is a really smart and experienced school leader. He has a wealth of wisdom to share with us on this topic! Watch the full interview on YouTube. Listen to the podcast at the end of this post.  Tips to Complete Big Projects (like dissertations!) When you stay focused working …

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In this episode, I’m bringing in my friend – author, speaker, middle school award winning principal Jessica Cabeen. We’re talking the ins and outs of classroom informal observations. What works, the challenges administrators and teachers face, and ways we can take these moments to the next level. If you are a teacher, this is real talk behind the scenes from too experienced principals that may give insight into how it all works. A powerful way to helps kids improve is to give meaningful feedback to their teachers! Administrators, you know how hard this is, so let’s get real …

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In this episode, I bring in my good friend Elisha Bauss, to discuss her insight into ADHD as an educator, school leader, and parent. What does ADHD really mean for our students and how can we help kids help themselves for life, not just school? Join us as we discuss Jerry McGuire, Icebergs, Traffic Controllers, real takeaways to help students with ADHD. Listen to the full episode below at the end of this post or watch the full interview on YouTube. In my conversation with Elisha, there were so many great takeaways for working with kids with ADHD …

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A year from now, would you have wished that you started today? Maybe you are worried about starting, because you feel like you should have been doing it already – so why start now? But just because we didn’t do something before, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it now. Many of us, our colleagues, or our students struggle with staying focused and starting things even when we know we should be doing them. For kids with ADHD, it’s especially challenging. They have a significant challenge in starting tasks, staying focused on it through completion, and in general with …

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A tweet is just a thought, not a manifesto. But tweets can make you think. This week, I had a special opportunity to substitute in a classroom and experience teaching kids in person and at home via zoom at the same time. Not only did it make me realize how challenging it is for teachers, but it also helped me understand a few ways that we could help them. I tweeted out a message of appreciation to my teachers and check out the response online:  I subbed for a teacher this week & had to teach both kids …

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Every so often, we are faced with a difficult and sometimes scary situation. Each new problem feels like one that will never be resolved and there are no solutions in sight. Especially as a leader, we take this on and the anxiety builds when we can’t figure out a way to make something work.  Have you ever thought about what you are thinking about before these stressful moments occur in your life? We can accidently fall into the trap of panic and fear instead of preparation and planning. That fear can wreak havoc with us both professionally and …

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Life is full of tough choices that tug at our time. How do you decide what is important and then schedule your day accordingly? I discussed this very thing with Professional learning expert and school leader Kip Lynk (@kiplynk) about how we can use practical strategies like backfilling our schedules, being purposeful in our planning, and empowering others along the way. Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Google Podcasts.  Backfill Your ScheduleIn the podcast, Kip presented this idea and I thought it was fantastic. Take the time to reflect on your day and week to see …

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Are you running your day or is your day running you? How do some people seem to get things done and look like that are in full control, even now in the midst of a chaos? It is possible and you can do this too. Let’s talk about how to clarify our priorities, set our agenda, and accomplish our goals. Having a perfect balance in life is a myth. It’s theoretically possible, but in reality it’s fleeting even if we can attain it for just a brief moment. The trick is more on how we align our actions …

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Just because you take a detour doesn’t mean you’re lost. Some journeys take longer and are more challenging. But we can make it. In life and in the classroom, our perception of our ability to affect the journey is what really matters. In so many situations in our life, we feel lost or helpless. Especially in times of emotional stress such as when kids act up or have meltdown, it’s easy and normal to feel like we are out of control. That need to feel like we can control the circumstances around is normal and something we are all born …

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The Problem with “Perfection” – A reflection on perfectionism by a perfectionist. Something I’ve known for a very long time is that I’m a bit of a perfectionist. Not a big surprise to those that know me well, but it made me think recently how this idea of perfection within our own work, or within the work we do with kids, can hold us back from making real progress. This article begins a little bit of a new phase for my blog writing. I’m intrigued on how the multimedia effect of podcasting and blogging together on the same topic …

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