Articles

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.

2020

August 20

 

August 17

 

August 15

 

August 13

 

August 9

 

August 7

 

August 5

 

August 2

 

August 1

 

July 29

 

July 27

 

July 25

 

July 23

 

July 22

 

July 20

 

July 18

 

July 17

 

July 15

 

July 11

 

July 9

 

July 3

 

July 1

June 29

 

June 27

 

June 25

 

June 23

 

June 18

 

June 16

 

June 14

 

June 10

 

June 6

 

June 1

 

May 31

 

May 30

 

May 28

 

May 9

 

May 8

 

May 6

 

May 5

 

May 3

 

May 2

 

April 30

 

April 28

 

April 27

 

April 22

 

April 20

 

April 17

 

April 16

 

April 12

 

April 11

 

April 10

 

April 8

 

April 7

 

April 5

 

April 4

 

April 3

 

April 1

 

March 31

 

March 29

 

March 27

 

March 26

 

March 24

 

March 22

 

March 20

March 18

 

March 4

 

February 29

 

February 21

 

February 10

 

January 24

January 16

January 5

2019

December 31

December 29

December 21

December 11

November 29

November 17

October 14

October 10

October 8

October 1

September 25

September 22

September 18

September 10

September 2

August 29

August 20

August 15

August 7

August 1

July 31

July 25

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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