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    7 Must-Have Work Friends for Teachers

    #1: School Nurse If you're a classroom teacher, then you know that a good relationship with the school nurse goes a long way. Making the School Nurse Your Friend DO send students to the nurse that seem legitimately ill, injured, contagious, and may need to go home. DO send a note with the student to the nurse explaining what prompted you ...
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    Action Doesn’t Mean Production

    Action Doesn’t Mean Production
    “Never confuse activity with productivity. You can be busy without a purpose, but what’s the point? - Rick Warren” I think this quote applies to administrators, teachers, students, and parents and we need to really take this to heart. So, I decided to write a little note to each. Dear Administrators, • Please don’t ask me to fill out reports when ...
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    Can an Administrator Help You Be a Better Teacher?

    Can an Administrator Help You Be a Better Teacher?
    It is hard being an educator. People outside the educational field really don’t understand. Part of our inner child is what makes us the educators that we are and we need to make sure that we don’t lose it. We also need to make sure that we don’t lose sight of the world from a child’s eyes because that is what ...
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    Are Principals Too Removed from Teaching?

    Are Principals Too Removed from Teaching?
    As the oldest high school on its original campus in California tries to find its way through the maze of current educational reforms so that it can stay on the top of most “best of” lists and maintain both its API and AYP the answer to too many questions has been more middle management. A mistake made time and again in ...
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    Principal's View: Identifying What's Necessary

    Principal's View: Identifying What's Necessary
    March and April were very busy months and it doesn’t look like May will slow down at all. There are deadlines to meet and, it seems, more and more evaluations and reports to do all the time. In this time of accountability, the growth of accountability reports has become a norm for educational administrators. Along with it, is the requirements to ...
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    7 Must-Have Friends for Teachers

    7 Must-Have Friends for Teachers
    A successful work environment isn't controlled by one teacher. The entire school staff can make or break a work day. Ensure your school days go by in a flash by knowing which seven people hold the power. Next: 7 Must-Have Work Friends for Teachers
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    Teachers: How To "Deal" With Your Principal

    Teachers: How To "Deal" With Your Principal
    "Principals come and go." That’s what I was told early on in my teaching career. Since then I've survived four principals in 10 years. So, the statement is true. In fact administrators are far more transitory then are teachers. However, at my high school we have not only experienced a high turn over of administrators, but also a 60% turnover in ...
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    My Mentors

    Some kids play sports, some play an instrument, others like to draw, I was a drama kid. In 7th grade I was cast in the school play as a “nerd” who had created his own pesticide, “Drop Dead.” (I’m not kidding.) It was a blast, and I was hooked. This positive experience came on the heels of a very unsuccessful baseball ...
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    U.S. Is Substantially Behind Other Nations in Providing Teacher Professional Development

    U.S. Is Substantially Behind Other Nations in Providing Teacher Professional Development
    Every year, nine in 10 of the nation’s three million teachers participate in professional development designed to improve their content knowledge, transform their teaching, and help them respond to student needs. These activities, which can include workshops, study groups, mentoring, classroom observations, and numerous other formal and informal learning experiences, have mixed results in how they effect student achievement. Research shows ...
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    School Administrators + The Real World = Have They Ever Really Met?

    School Administrators + The Real World = Have They Ever Really Met?
    It’s a tough job, I know it must be. But do they really have to be so out of touch with reality? I mean, seriously. Have they ever dwelt on the planet Earth? What is it about most (not all, but most) of the people who move over the administrative side of education that they seem to come up with ridiculous ...
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    How Principals Deal with Difficult Situations

    How Principals Deal with Difficult Situations
    I’ve often been asked how I can deal with a student a number of times without allowing what has gone on in the past affect each new encounter. Along the same lines, I sometimes have people tell me that they don’t want to disclose a student’s name for fear of repercussions that might take place because of what is being said. ...
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    15 Confessions from Principals

    15 Confessions from Principals
    There's no question about it- principals have a tough job. They steer the school ship- hiring teachers, dealing with parents, and working with students. Their job is long and challenging because the big school decisions are theirs to make. Because the principal sets the tone for the school, they can't always say what they really want to. Several current principals confessed ...
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    I am an Administrator

    I am an Administrator
    We’re a rare breed, those of us who decide to sit as neither teacher nor central office staff. As schools have progressed over time and grew larger, there became a need, for some reason, for there to be a person who oversaw the whole enterprise at each location, the Head Teacher idea. Some are very good at what they do and, ...
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    How Do I Keep My School Administration Happy?

    How Do I Keep My School Administration Happy?
    No matter how hard you try and no matter how much the students and parents love you, certain people can make your job more difficult. Principals, superintendents, counselors, and secretaries are key people to have on your side. But how do you get them on your team? We’ll look in-depth at some tactics that I have found to be fruitful. h4. ...
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    Breaking the News of Your Pregnancy to Your Principal

    The test came back positive and you have relished in the news of your pregnancy when suddenly you are overwhelmed by the planning and preparation that comes with having a baby. Which car seat is the safest? Is it possible to find reasonably priced childcare? Will I ever sleep again? Names, names! How will we ever agree on a name? And ...
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    Confessions of a Principal

    Principal Confession #1: Dear Parents: "I will not move your child from class to class until he finds a teacher he likes. Sometimes we have to deal with things we don't like- it's part of a larger life lesson." Next page: Confession #2 [page] Principal Confession #2: Dear Teachers: "All of our jobs are hard. The grass is not greener in ...
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    Being an Educational Leader

    As an administrator, one of my main roles is to be an educational leader in the school. Some days I’m not sure what exactly that means. In fact, over the past few weeks, I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing in this position and could have just as easily called this “Is it okay to cry now?”! As the new year ...
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    Does the Job of a Principal Ever End?

    It’s 1 AM and I just finished going to our school to deal with some kids from town who were bothering the team that is staying at our school overnight. They traveled a long way in order to play a preseason football game with us. What should have been a non-event ended up with me being called by someone near the ...
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    6 Ways to Lead for Learning

    6 Ways to Lead for Learning
    Being a school leader comes in many different forms but the most recognizable is the school administrator. This is the person that the community, teachers and students see as being the school leader, in some way or another. Tonight on Plurk, there was a good discussion about whether a principal needs to have teaching experience, how much, in what areas and ...
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    Do Students Want to Transform School?

    Do Students Want to Transform School?
    My new class this semester is a grade 12 Social class. One of the topics we are discussing is the idea of models and how they work, why we have them and reasons they change. In the class, we discussed the one model they are all familiar with and know very well; SCHOOL. The present model in which we function has ...
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