Middle School

Call Me Coach

Jay Posick, Principal of Merton Intermediate School in Wisconsin, and Dennis Schug, Principal of Hampton Bays Middle School in New York are fortunate to receive daily inspiration from our Twitter and Voxer groups. During a recent Voxer conversation among a group of middle school principals, the topic of coaching sports took center-stage. The following post…

My #OneWord2017: Elevate

My first major decision leading up to each New Year is choosing “One Word” on which to focus over the course of the next 365 days. Over the years of accepting this challenge, the sources of my inspiration tend to vary. Maybe it’s because the month of December historically represents a period that ranges from…

Feedback

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.” Sir Isaac Newton Lately, I’m reflecting on what I’d consider the biggest mistake from my teaching days: the manner in which I chose to perceive feedback. In hindsight, I deeply regret opportunities I’ve missed, to improve and to grow as an educator. And I think about…

Evolve

Every so often, educators are presented with opportunities to reflect on the intersection between where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. Three recent experiences have me contemplating this. First, a skilled veteran teacher who I had the privilege of mentoring earned a promotion as a school leader. Second, a team of…

Designing Conditions

Lately, I find myself reminiscing about my first teaching experience. It was student teaching with a veteran teacher, of 35 years. Heading into the first day, I can still recall being consumed with eager anticipation. The knowledge that would be bestowed upon me from a master teacher and veteran coach that’d forever change me, and…

Collective Wisdom

September seems to provoke lots of open dialogue on the topic of professional development and professional learning. In some circles, “PD” seems to have become a four-letter-word. You don’t have to be in the education field long before you can speak in detail about “the worst PD” you’ve ever experienced. It’s a sad phenomenon that…