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drspikecook

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


How do you plan for the end of year?

I just finished Spring Break, and it hit me…. the school year is ending soon! Well, honestly we still have over 2 months, but time is of the essence. As school leaders and teachers view the calendar, it is a perfect time to ensure the end of the year goes smoothly. Here are a few […]

Are you ready to give away your patents?

Did you know that Tesla gave away all of their patents to their competitors. Yes, Elon Musk, basically said to anyone who has an interest in electric cars ….. you can have the patents. This is revolutionary because patents are created to prohibit others from taking your work and your potential earnings from the patent. Sound familiar?   […]

Join us at #edcampsojersey

On March 28, 2015 South Jersey will host its first Edcamp!  Edcamp South Jersey will be at William Davies Middle School at 1876 Dr. Dennis Foreman Drive, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Doors open at 8:00 AM and there will be free breakfast provided by Hamilton Township Education Association. During the breakfast, first time Edcamp attendees […]

Aspiring Admins: Blog for the Job You Want

I talk with a lot of aspiring administrators. I enjoy it because I feel it is a way to give back, and a few years ago I was in their shoes. Prior to Social Media, I was given a lot of advice from my mentors about leadership, management, and a few insider secrets. I was […]

I hope you are #futureready!

Picture this…. A group of educators convened to discuss the future of education. Not just planning for the next Chromebook distribution, but really looking into the issues of connectivity, innovation, creativity, and the human experience. This is my hope for the Office of Educational Technology’s initiative #futureready. If your district has not signed the pledge, […]

Thoughts on presenters

    I think we sometimes really misunderstand the learning process. We are all guilty of it. We can certainly get stuck in how we feel information should be delivered. There are always ways to improve. I’ve been to countless presentations, meetings, and conferences. No matter how many presentations I see, I am always amazed […]

Standardized Assessments: What’s in it for the kids?

Although I do not necessarily agree with the standardized assessment movement, I can see why everyone wants to use the results to judge teachers, principals, districts, etc. I get it…. You want to know how “effective” public educators are (or are not). You want to see trends, you want to see growth, you want to […]

How Technology Connects Parents and Teachers

Guest post By Jessica Sanders   Studies have proven time and time again that parent involvement is crucial to a student’s long-term learning and well-being.   “Children are more likely to become proficient in reading and math during the early elementary school years if their parents are involved in home learning activities, provide materials such […]

10 lessons from blogging everyday for a year (365:365)

When I set out to do the blog 365 challenge, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into. I’ve learned so much about myself, my profession, and my writing though this process. There were certainly times I wanted to give up, and there were other times that I wanted to keep going into […]

What you do most, you do best! Repeat (364:365)

Whether you are scrolling though Facebook, Google + or even Twitter, people generally post about their passions, or what they appear to be good at. Why is this? Is it because they are bragging, sharing, or keeping themselves accountable? It could be a little of each, but chances are they have set goals for themselves […]