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drspikecook

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


3 years in Review: Top 5 of All Time (351:365)

I am approaching my 3rd anniversary of blogging. I really can’t believe it has been 3 years. Throughout this experience, I have tried to stay true to the theme of my blog, Insights Into Learning. This platform has allowed me the opportunity to share my insights into my learning process. Writing as a leader is [...]

Year in Review: Top 3 Overlooked Posts (350:365)

Yesterday I posted about the top 5 most popular (number wise) posts of the year. Today, I want to focus on the gems that may have slipped by. Everyone is busy and for some reason or another, you may have missed these posts….   3. The top 5 reasons to start blogging – Short but [...]

Year in Review (349:365)

As I get closer to my goal of blogging for 365 days in a row, I figured I would go back and look at the posts. Obvioulsy, some of the posts resonated with people more than others. Today, I want to highlight the top 5 posts of the year (so far). There were a few [...]

Go ahead, say it, we are the worst! (348:365)

I was watching the movie Elf with my kids the other day. I absolutely love that movie. It is so funny. Every time I watch the part where Buddy the Elf is working in Santa’s Workshop it makes me think about education. Take a minute to watch this clip:   I think this applies to [...]

5 Easy Staff Recognition Ideas (347:365)

This week was the first Week of Bacon (there will be twelve days total). I wanted to recognize the staff for their hard work and what better time then around the holidays. I got the idea in working with other principals in my PLN, and then adapted some of the activities to fit the school. [...]

Dealing with Difficult Parents (346:365)

What do you do when parents are not sending a positive message to the kids or school community?   I was recently reflecting on this after having one of the most mind-blowing conversations I’ve ever had with a parent. Without going into detail, I walked away from the conversation feeling sorry for the kids that [...]

The @principalPLN & @tiahenriksen (345:365)

Over the weekend, the PrincipalPLN crew interviewed Tia Henriksen. Tia is a good friend of the show. She is always so kind and supportive. We wish her the best of luck in her new Principal position! Here is the entire show notes and resources.   Checkout the interview:

Making Connections (344:365)

How do you make connections? I was thinking about this the other day. In addition to the face-t0-face conferences, everyday life, work etc there are so many ways for you to make connections.   Here are 5 simple approaches to making connections with other educators: 1. Twitter – Perhaps the most utilized approach for educators [...]

Ipevo IDevice Stand (343:365)

Look what just came in the mail! I was looking for something like this as I try to utilize my iPhone to it’s full capacity. Fortunately, the folks at iPevo know design, know educators and are constantly trying to make products to help improve our productivity. This stand allows users to work hands-free if they [...]

You are valuable (342:365)

Today we began the 12 days of Bacon. I got this idea from my co-hosts on the PrincipalPLN. We were talking about how to celebrate staff during the holidays. Throughout the conversation, Jessica shared a few ideas that she received from other principals.   Throughout the next two weeks, I will do something everyday for [...]