Tag Archives: First Days of School

PMP:092 Making ‘First Days’ Every Day, Using Key Responsibility Areas, and Helping Students Flourish

One of my favorite illustrations of the brain is not from a science magazine.

It is from a Mercedes Benz advertisement. In it you see a painting of the brain with the left side showing scaffolds, numbers, and graphs–a sample of analytical thinking. The right side of the brain is painted with vivid colors, swirls, and faces–an explosion of creativity.

I like to think of that brain illustration when I talk about school leadership because I believe strong leaders must consistently use both sides of their brains. You must have strong processes, procedures, and guidelines in place (left side of brain) while you also encouraging relationships, creativity, and innovation (right side of the brain).

This week’s podcast is a recording of a recent webinar I hosted concerning three topics that focus on creating the processes necessary for students to thrive. Continue reading

PMP:018 First Days of School Questions that Work All Year Long

My school is preparing for the last days of school, but Episode 18 of the PMPodcast shares ideas from Harry Wong’s First Days of School–ideas that work all year long.Principal-Matters-Artwork-3000x3000 Communication about the basics is essential for healthy school communities. Go here to check out the original blog post that accompanies this podcast.

Here are the show-notes for Episode 18

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

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