Occasionally my wife will remind me when it’s been awhile since I’ve cleaned out my closet.
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So I’ll take time to sort out what I don’t need anymore. I can easily fill a couple of trash bags with items to donate to the local Goodwill store.
Summer break is a great time to “clean the closets” of our schools. I’m not talking about literal closets (which can also be helpful), but I’m talking about issues, priorities, goals, and conversations that have been neglected as you have been finishing a school year.
We just finished another school year at my high school. We wrapped up curriculum standards, graduated seniors and hired new teachers for next year. Many people ask me what I do with my summer break. The short answer is: I prepare for next school year. I often tell others that leading a school is like landing a cruise ship. When you finish one tour, you spend the break restocking for the next launch. Continue reading →
During my daughter’s first year in high school, I drove to the local lake dam spillway to meet her teammates for a weekend track workout.
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After twenty minutes of warm-up running on the grassy path to the spillway and back, they lined up for drills. These included twelve sprints up an intimidatingly steep grassy incline to practice increasing speed.
It was a joy to watch all of the students working hard and pushing themselves. As they neared their tenth sprint drill, their legs began shaking, their shirts were lined with sweat, and their chests heaved with every breath. Their movement was a mass of arms pumping, legs kicking up the hill, bending over to catch a breath, standing up tall before making the climb down to run up again. Continue reading →
As we head into the last five weeks of school, I’m reminded that not all educators consider our North American summer the end of their school year.
In Sydney, for instance, schools just ended their first term April 8 and begin their second term the last week of April. If your Down Under, you may benefit from my podcast episode, 7 Questions for The First Days of Schools!
For most of my colleagues in North America, however, the end is near. Every year it seems like the last weeks become the most stressful as we wrap up events, meet deadlines, and prepare for summer. If you’re like me, those end-of-year to-do’s seem to grow by the day. After a while, you feel yourself sliding down the slippery slope of panic. Continue reading →
I’ve never been on a cruise ship, but I have lots of friends who tell me you couldn’t find a better vacation choice.
Although I’d love to try one, I’ll have to take their word for it. With my four children, road trips and camping are usually our most affordable choices for summer vacation.
At the same time, when others ask me what I plan to do with all the time without students at school, I’ll usually say, “Well, it’s kind of like a cruise ship. We just unloaded all the passengers, so we’ll spend the next two months stocking up, rehiring where needed, and preparing for the next voyage.” Continue reading →