Could Arrogance Be the Dark Side of Experience?

Arrogance of assumptions has been popping up a lot in my world lately.  People assuming they know all the facts, know exactly who you are, or just assume what other people tell them is the absolute truth.   These folks are already finding answers before they’ve even asked a question.  What brings that on?  I’ve been …

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Am I the Obstacle?

We had two more winter weather days this week (ice - yuck!) so more days off from school. However, it gave me a chance to catch up on some professional reading. I was reading some recent research on whether formative data or summative data is more beneficial to improve individual performance. Multiple research studies agree …

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Detours Don’t Equal Disaster

When I started this blog last summer, everything was on track and going great.  I was on a terrific leadership team, I had a work plan all figured out for the coming year, and I had a manageable schedule for fitness.  My personal life was rockin' and I was ready to take on some new …

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The Practical Researcher – Part 1

Data.  Research.  Math.  Science.  Probability.  Statistics, trend lines, standard deviation, correlations – oh, be still my heart!! I look on those words with the same kind of intense interest that equals the drooling lust I bestow upon Corvettes.  Yeah, I know.  I’m not normal in that regard.  However, those same words don’t need to conjure …

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Building Relationships: The Rules of the Game

I love games.  I especially like the beginning of games, when the whole adventure is about to begin.  You’re not sure how it will all turn out, but you’re looking forward to the brilliant moves, shocking turns, and brain aerobics needed to solve frustrating conundrums.  However, most folks don’t approach building new relationships with quite …

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First Encounters

   We’re heading back into the regular school year rhythm and there are quite a few folks facing some first day jitters – students, staff, and even school leaders.  Those first moments – and what happens in them – have ripples beyond the immediate moment.  Let me share a few of my own examples with …

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My First Lessons in Leadership came from STAR TREK

My earliest and fondest memories include watching #STAR TREK with my mom.  I remember being riveted by how the crew would manage to solve an episode’s challenges, and as I grew, fascinated by the subtle interpersonal relationships that formed the foundation for just about every decision they made. Through the stories of the USS Enterprise, …

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Gear Up for a New Season

As the summer “pause” button approaches “play” again, my thoughts begin to turn towards getting organized for another season’s goals, plans, challenges, and triumphs.  So where to start?  How do you know how to move forward?  A great place to start is always with a reflection on the results of last season’s work, and a …

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Teach, Lead, Coach – Oh my!

So it's summer vacation time in Teacher-Leader-Coach world, and that means I throw myself into a frenzy of projects I've been waiting all school year to do, like get the train running in my train garden, get the t-shirt quilts finished (all 12!!) and hopefully out of my craft room, and get myself back in …

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