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Elem Principal, Husband, Father, Twitter Evangelist, Education Blogger, ASCDEdge blogger, Coach, Adjunct Prof, Consultant, Presenter. Co-host of @principalcast

First Five Days of School (234:365)

  Alan November and his November Learning Team has created an amazing series based on the First Five Days of School. I have had the pleasure of attending several of Alan’s keynotes and workshops. He is an inspiration. I have learned a great deal from him.   For the next five days, I will be [...]

What did you do this summer? (233:365)

I was looking for inspiration on twitter (a common occurrence) about back to school and I came across this comic shared by Robert Zywicki. Many teachers either already have (school has started for countless districts) or plan to ask the children this age old question…. What did you do this summer? This assignment, usually written, [...]

What will you do different this year? (232:365)

Each year we welcome a unique group of students into our buildings. For some schools, the complexity of the students doesn’t change much at all. For others, it could be 40%, 50% or 60% new students, not to mention there is always a new grade level entering. With all this newness, I feel it is [...]


Guest post by Mark Barnes   Ask any of the thousands of teachers who regularly use Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook about connected education, and you may get an earful about using digital tools as a means to connect with educators and students worldwide. But if you ask teachers who have never used a social network, [...]

So many teachers doing so many good things! (230:365)

In August I have been able to attend a few conferences. During these sessions, I have witnessed so many awesome teachers (and admins) presenting about things they are doing in their class for their students. Whether they are sharing apps, websites, or various techniques to increase learning opportunities for students, these teachers (and admins) are [...]

Avoiding Whack a Mole Leadership (229:365)

Ever play Whack a Mole? Invented in 1976, Whack a Mole is a machine with 5 to 7 holes, and played with a rubber mallet. Once the game begins, moles pop up out of the holes and it is your job to whack them as quickly as they appear. As you progress the moles pop [...]

Preparing for school year with @principalpln (228:365)

Yesterday the Principalpln got together for our first podcast of the second season. Other than some technical difficulties, we were able to do what we enjoy most… learn from each other, laugh, and share our stories.   This season we are going to try a few new things. Our shows will be pre-recorded and distributed [...]

Modeling the way: Connecting your leadership (227:365)

  Be the change you want to see in the world – Gandhi   For school leaders, it is imperative to be the change you want to see in your school. ¬†As we become more engrossed in the 21st century, and understanding the changing nature of information, personalized learning, and preparing students for jobs that [...]

School Leadership: It’s a shared responsibility (226:365)

Each summer our administrators and teacher-leaders gather for two days to work collaboratively on school improvement. This year, we had the opportunity to work with the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) on the Connected Action Road Map (CAR). I was impressed with this model for a few reasons.   First, the model is [...]

Knowing the learning environment (225:365)

I operate under the assumption that we all learn differently. Sure, there are some trends, but each of us is hard-wired to process information in a unique way. Understanding how you learn is always the first step in creating a learning environment. Think about this for a minute… can you articulate how you learn information? [...]