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drspikecook

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


It’s the message (262:365)

We are constantly adapting and adjusting to the changing nature of our world. We all know that 90% of the world’s information has been created in past two years. As a society, we are making a bee-line for the future. With that said, we need to maintain the message of what is important. What is [...]

The sky you always wanted to fall (261:365)

Remember when you were a child, and you heard the story about the sky falling in Chicken Little. Henny Penny was always telling people the sky was falling, and eventually no one wanted to believe him. What if we took it a step farther…. Think about this… What is the sky you always wanted to [...]

There are a hundred and 5 days left (260:365)

Want to make the most out of 2014? Want to give it all you can? Think about this… there are still 105 days left in the year. One hundred and five days. You can do anything you set your mind to… and with the help of some friends and loved ones, you can achieve it [...]

Why are you working so hard? (259:365)

A reporter asked Joe Dimaggio, who at the time was a guaranteed Hall of Fame Baseball Player, why he was playing so hard? Joe’s response was, “Because there might have been someone in the stands that night who never seen me play before, or who may never see me again.”   So the next time [...]

You are your child’s first teacher (258:365)

As I prepare for tomorrow’s Back to School Night, I have been looking at different ways to approach the “Principal’s Message.” I know that parents really don’t want to hear from the Principal as much as they do the teacher. I have approached the Back to School messages several different ways in the past 3 [...]

Who inspires you? Hopefully your PLN (257:365)

One of the hallmark benefits of social media, specifically twitter, is the establishment of the Personal Learning Network (PLN). With the click of a mouse you have instant access to educators throughout the world. I often say to people, “Oh, I have a friend in Colorado that opened a school, or I know a really [...]

Put kids first! (256:365)

I truly believe that if you are going to be successful in education you have to start by putting kids first. It almost seems cliche, but it shouldn’t. We are in the business of teaching kids. Sure, there are plenty of plans, initiatives, and directives that are required, but they should be working to help [...]

Curriculum as the foundation (255:365)

The modern day principal (insert: lead learner, instructional leader, etc, etc) wears a myriad of hats. One of the most important aspects to our job is monitoring and understanding the curriculum. The curriculum sets standards to which the students learn information and how the teachers teach that information. This leads me to a few questions [...]

Remembering September 11, 2001(254:365)

I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was teaching at a school in Camden when I heard the news. We didn’t have any TV’s in the school and this was before people had smart phones. It felt a bit like War of the Worlds. I only had a radio to listen to, and [...]

Newsletters made easy (253:365)

I needed a make over on the newsletters for my school. I’m not a graphic designer, and I needed something that could be utilized in several different areas. Even though we use social media at our elementary school, I still feel it is important to send home printed newsletters. I also think that emailing, pinning, [...]