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drspikecook

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


T’was the night before school (245:365)

Season 2 Episode 4 of the PrincipalPLN. We came up with this idea because Jessica is starting her school year tomorrow. Of course she was in her office and preparing for the big day. Theresa, who had her first day last week, was able to share some of her insights on the summer and the [...]

What is Labor Day? (244:365)

In short, Labor Day is the celebration of the American Labor Movement. We began celebrating the holiday in 1882. At first it was hard to get people to celebrate because they worried about losing a day’s pay. Why do we celebrate it is something to ponder… We celebrate it because we work, right? Actually by [...]

Create your own reality! (243:365)

It is the last weekend of the summer… In a few short hours it will be all over… Time to lament? Rev up the anxiety? Nope, not me, and I hope not you. With the passing of summer (it officially ends September 21) we all know that a lot of school districts are starting back [...]

The Machine: Reading, Writing, and Math (242:365)

I just watched a 2013 TED Talk with Sugata Mitra. His talk was titled, The Granny Cloud. In the first few minutes, he made a very interesting connection to the current educational system, and more importantly, why it existed.   Think about this… prior to computes and the internet, what could aid communication over various [...]

Suggestions for the First Staff Meeting (241:365)

If you haven’t started planning for your first staff meeting of the year, now is the time. In the most recent PrincipalPLN episode, Theresa and I reviewed some suggestions to ensure your meeting goes well. First Staff Meeting Ideas: Pass the Buck Notes to prepare for my first staff meeting (includes what we learned from [...]

Helpful Hints for Becoming Connected (240:365)

In a few short weeks, Corwin Connected Educators Series will be publishing Connected Leadership: It’s a Click Away. This book is designed for the connected leader, and the soon-to-be connected leader. The most important features in the book is that it is laid out in a practical manner, and each chapter has a story from [...]

Breaking the Ice with @principalpln (239:365)

Check out the Principalpln Podcast Episode 2 of Season 2. In this episode, Theresa Stager and I discuss how to “break the ice” at your first staff meeting. If you want a few ideas of ice breakers, here are two we have tried: Play Dough Personalities  Spider Webs The Ball Game  You can also use the [...]

First 5 Days: Day 5 (238:365)

  Alan November and his November Learning Team have 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.   This is the last post about what I learned from [...]

First 5 Days: Day 4 (237:365)

  Alan November and his November Learning Team have 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.   This is the fourth post in the series of what [...]

First 5 Days: Day 3 (236:365)

  Alan November and his November Learning Team have 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.   This is the third post in the series of what [...]