Top 40 Lessons

No one is thinking about you as much as you are thinking about you. When we come to understand that, we are liberated from worrying too much about what other people think.

Managing Expectations

In my first year in that role, I asked for some feedback. One of the high school principals said in so many words (and kindly), "It feels like we come to these meetings and talk but never take action." Cringe. I'm a doer! They expected, as they should have, that if they were going to be out of their buildings, the time would be meaningfully spent making decisions and getting things done. I'm glad I took that summer to learn as much as I could about meetings that get things done AND grow us.

Our Connection to Ourselves

The most important work is the work we do on ourselves. As human beings. Everything else is secondary. At the end of the day, our self-work is really the only thing we can "control." How we respond to the world around us in the now has the potential to shape the future in a good way. Feeling big feelings doesn't mean we are failing, it means we are awake. It means we are noticing our own pain and the pain around us. It also means that we have the capacity to feel the good emotions in a big way too. And some days, we will just need to push through. That happens. That's ok. Sometimes. Just not all the time.

Free Space

But if we don't give ourselves the opportunity to just be, what happens to the quality of our thoughts? The quality of our educators' thoughts? The quality of kids' thoughts? If we just do and focus on the doing, can we make the world better? I'm not sure we can make the world better without questions and wondering.

Why Not Make it Fun?

My challenge to all of us is this: let's remember how much we matter in the lives of our students and their families. Let's show them how much we care with something small. Something that gets us excited to come back to work. Something that gets kids excited about class.

Recalibrating Your Health & Wellness

Are you taking your laptop home after work only to realize that you can't bring yourself to take it back out at night? Even though you're daunted by that to-do list? Do you find yourself quietly or not so quietly judging others more frequently, blaming, and complaining about matters that didn't used to get to you as much? Are you perpetually tired? Is it difficult to get up in the morning?

An Underutilized Resource

How might we shift our school environments to become places where student talk occurs at a higher volume than educator talk? Where we as adults become more focused on learning facilitation and cultivating environments?

See for Yourself

I have never regretted visiting a teacher's classroom. Ever. Want to be filled with hope for the future? Spend time around teachers and students.

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