This page shares a collection of articles I have written covering a number of topics.  I have discovered that pushing myself to articulate my thoughts through writing helps to clarify my thinking and deepen my understanding on a topic.  Furthermore, when I summarize my thoughts I have found there is greater likelihood the concepts are retained and become mental habits.

You will notice each piece includes references to books and other articles where the topic is examined at greater length.  I believe these connections add credibility to the entry, and I encourage you to explore these citations for more insight on each subject.  


Ultimately, I hope these articles serve as a resource for others.  Whether you choose to implement these ideas into daily practice, or use these insights to reinforce an already-established mindset, I hope you find practical application with each essay.

Complete List of Articles

Scroll down to browse all of my articles by date and title.  Articles are listed in reverse chronological order with my newest articles at the top and my oldest essays at the bottom.


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Ugh, Another Meeting? 

Teachers and Personal PD Books

Teachers and School Supplies

You Just Walked Past Your Work

Bah Humbug!

Follow The Leader

Embrace Constructive Criticism

Identifying Leadership Talent

Inspire Rather Than Discourage

Lesson Learned


Orchestrate Rather Than Do


Ignore the Critics


Treat Support Staff as Professionals


Mindfulness and Managing Anxiety


Everything Happens for a Reason


Don't be THAT District


To Whom Much is Given


Relationships > Content


Seriously, Lighten Up!


Saving Face


Successful Cultures & Bad Apples


Email - A High-Leverage Activity?


Is Napping Good for Adults?


Everything will be Alright


The Problem with Testing

Is This Real Life?

The Bigger Picture

Would You Want Your Kid...

"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

Self-Care in a Selfless Profession

"You're Too Positive"

Nice to Know You

Can I Have Your Attention?

The Friend Zone

Personal Leave? You're Crazy!

Why I Steer Clear of Politics

Workaholism: A Badge of Honor


Productive vs. Unproductive


Keep Track of Time


Be a Maker in the Morning


Getting Caught in the Whirlwind


The Importance of Follow Through


Transparency: A Double-Edged Sword


Writing: The Most Underrated Skill

Over-Communication: No Such Thing

Teachers Should Get Free Books


School Staff and Remote Work


Encouraging or Discouraging?

Positive Praise > Higher Salary


Disagree and Commit


15 Ways to Stop Being "Old School"


Leading With Integrity


Tips for Staff Coaching & Discipline


Death By Meeting


Get Passionate About Hiring


Step Away From The Email


Momentum & Improvement


What Is Principled Leadership?


Teachers Shouldn't Buy Supplies


Social (Media) Distancing

You Just Walked Past Your Work


Delegation: High-Leverage Activity


Are They Ready? Promoting Staff


Busywork: Bad for Support Staff


Pay Your Support Staff


Our Children Deserve Better


Impacting Future Generations


Employee Evaluation Time, Yay!

Keeping the Focus on Kids


When Father Speaks...Listen

It's Okay Not to Know Everything

Hard Core (Values)

Hiring Leaders is a BIG Deal

600 Hours (On Social Media)

Bah Humbug! Gifts in Schools

10 Interesting Facts About Sleep

Commit Time to Things that Matter

What is Instructional Leadership?

Why are 1:1 Meetings So Important?

Give Me Your Undivided Attention

Email Tips and Tricks

Focus on Patterns, Not Events

Justice Will Prevail

The Best Feedback is Criticism

Realizing You Made a Hiring Mistake

Count Your Calories to Lose Weight

Lead By Wandering Around

One Trick for Always Being Happy

Naps = Zambonis For Your Brain

Never Yell or Argue With Students

Can Someone Be TOO Positive?

You Are What You Spend Time Doing

Can Tech Relationships be Good?

Exercise 6 Days a Week For Life

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