Monthly Archives: August 2013

7 ‘First Days Of School’ Questions

One of my favorite books to recommend to new teachers is Harry Wong’s First Days of School. imageIn it, he outlines the essentials for establishing, organizing, and implementing good routines and procedures for students. I call it “teaching with both sides of your brain” or “teaching with one hand while managing with the other.”

Harry Wong likes to remind teachers of seven things students will want to know on the first day of school: Continue reading

Part 2: Lessons From The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

Last week, I posted Part 1 of Lessons in Leadership from Edmund Morris’s The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I shared four lessons from this exhaustive biography:image
1. Never underestimate the power of early education.
2. Never underestimate the influence of strong parental values.
3. Never underestimate the benefits of vigorous self-improvement.
4. Never underestimate the value of Providence.

This week I want to share leadership lessons 5-8 from the life of this extraordinary young man: Continue reading

Part 1: Lessons From The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

This summer a couple of long road trips afforded me the opportunity to listen to and finish the unabridged audio version of Edmund Morris’s, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt.image This biography of “Teddy” chronicles his life from birth to the day he becomes President. It also teaches some lessons about leadership, both good and bad.

At nearly 800 pages of detailed narrative, Morris paints the picture of a boy who began life frail and sickly, who developed his mind and imagination through reading and travel, who beat all odds through intense self-improvement, and who lived a life of eagerness to fight at every opportunity.

Here are four life lessons I pulled from the early life of Theodore Roosevelt, and next week, I will share four more: Continue reading

4 Ways to Learn From Other People’s Expertise

A few months ago I was planning to attend a principal’s meeting near the state capital. helping-hands

Since I was going alone, I asked a principal friend from a neighboring district if we could ride together.

Little did I know how much I would be learning! We spent the ride there and back sharing insights and stories from our schools. It was such a great conversation, I opened my Ipad and starting taking notes.

Sometimes our greatest resource for change is as close as a phone call (or a car ride in this case). As I thought about that conversation, I reflected on other ways I have learned from simply asking. Continue reading