I Had Good Intentions

This post was supposed to be a reflection on my first semester as a principal, but I got distracted because I forgot my password to this blog, as I always do, which revealed two things to me. First, my memory isn’t what it was a few years ago, and secondly, I don’t write enough posts….

Keep the Pride Alive…An Open Letter to the Family I’m Leaving

Well, today makes the last day that teachers will be in the school building, the day that starts the summer vacations, trainings, conferences, etc.  It’s an ending, but also a time of new beginnings for many of us.  Yesterday, my boss asked me if it had hit me yet, the fact that I wouldn’t be…

This Book Don’t Make No Sense…

Hey!  It was intentional, so don’t go around your school districts claiming that I can’t speak proper English- I can!  But, the title of this post originated because my students would always say this about some of the materials that we read when I was in the classroom.  One of my jobs as an educator…

Why Do You Do That?

Today was our first day back from Spring Break.  I arrived to school a bit early because we are also doing our state testing this week.  I wanted to make sure I was in place so things would run smoothly, and they did, which is a point of celebration.  I have to celebrate the other…

What About Us?

Last week, I had a conversation with one of my students who participates in the Young Gents program.  He’d read the article about how I’ll be transitioning to Kennedy Road Middle School next year.  Needless to say, he wasn’t excited about it.  It was breakfast time, and he said, “So, you’re just gonna leave us…

A New Beginning

So this year Dr. Taylor made me sixth grade administrator.  I was looking forward to it after being on the eighth grade hall for a few years.  I liked eighth grade because I’d had the chance to get to know the students for a period of two years, so they knew what to expect from…

Reflections on “Tending the Fire”

Earlier today, I started writing a blog about building culture and capacity within leaders.  I’ll probably post it later this week because I think there are some nuggets of knowledge that are worth sharing in the post.  However, there was a shift in what I wanted to share after I watched I the news today….

Celebrating the Big 10

We’re reaching the end of week one with our teachers, and my agenda of “To Do” items has become two pages long.  The tough part about the list is all of the things are important and have to be done; there are no items that can carry over for more than a week, so I’ll…

Teaching the Whole Child

Last year, my boss (@taylortiffn0826) sent Ms. Douglas (@najaelliott) and I a large file that contained some progressive discipline documents.  There were presentations, statistics, flow maps, research, etc., and to make things short, she said, “You guys look at this and see what we can do with it.”  That was it.  No specifics on what to…

That time of the year…

I can remember this time of the year when I was in the classroom.  It was one filled with mixed emotions.  I was panicking because I wanted to cover a certain amount of material before our state test. I was excited because my eighth graders were almost in high school.  I was tired because of the…