Middle School

How to Practice Python Programming Skills

Python is a complicated language to learn, but it’s also one of the most popular programming languages in the world, which means you can use it for all kinds of software development projects. The best way to learn any programming language is through consistent practice. You’re probably wondering how to do this in the best…

Maintaining Balance for Learning During Crazy Times: A Thoughtful Guide for Parents and Educators

Have you made your 2021 New Year’s Resolutions? Are you looking for strategies to deepen your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual bodies? Based on the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the participants who completed the initial series in November/December, Dr. Aili Pogust and Dr. Spike Cook will be hosting another 5 part weekly series in January…

10,000 Steps a Day: One Step At a Time for 6 Months!

On June 6, 2020 I made a promise to myself to integrate a walking program into my life. Previously, I have tried so many different exercise regimens into my life and accomplished a few things along the way (finished a marathon, few half marathon, 5Ks, triathlon etc.) but these all happened a few decades ago…

“The comeback is ALWAYS stronger than the setback.”

Each year since my first year of teaching, now 24 years ago, I lose sleep leading up to the opening days of school. I want to prepare and plan so I can make a good first impression and start the year off right. That torturous, exhausting ritual has followed me through my 13 years at…

Leadership Opportunities

Usually, I blog about my Learning Leadership journey – school, family, or professional learning – “safe” topics. Sticking to topics I have some degree of confidence in “knowing what I know” has worked for me. The topic of this post is different. So I ask any readers, old or new, to please extend me the…

Good Things…

No doubt, the experience of a global pandemic has been challenging for so many people, in unimaginable ways.  While by no means have I been impacted to the degree so many we learn about every day in the news, this experience has removed certain distractions, clearing the way for deeper reflection and time to consider…

Watch the Horizon

“Find it, set your eyes on it, and watch the horizon.” This message was delivered to me in a most unexpected way, and from a most unexpected source. These words have remained with me, as leadership and learning wisdom, especially through uncertain times. The first time I heard these words, I was likely somewhere between…

5 Observations on Education During a Pandemic

Schools across the globe have been forced to close their doors in a sweeping response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Many educators found this out with little to no time to prepare and it has been challenging for everyone. The school buildings are closed but the learning is continuing and it is revealing a lot…

How do you build belonging in your school and your school community?

This post is a collaboration between a group of middle school leaders from across the country. Periodically, these passionate and dedicated middle school principals share their thoughts on issues of relevance for those “in the middle”.  ######################################################## Dennis Schug, Middle School Principal, Long Island, NY EVERY ACTION presents opportunities for us to demonstrate our values.…