INSPIRE

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do. Kobe Bryant As educators, we understand the difference that positive inspiration can make in a person’s life. After all, that is what we do. We strive to inspire others to change their lives in such…

Why Coaching?

Coaching, coaching, coaching—everywhere you look in educational literature, there is generally a conversation that includes “coaching” as a buzz word!   Have you ever wondered what is meant by these references to coaching, and why coaching has become such a phenomena—Yes, why coaching and why now?  Researchers such as Elenar Aguilar (The Art Of Coaching, 2013) cite coaching…

Finding Your Mrs. Thorpe

Looking back, as a principal, highlights in my day were visiting classrooms, interacting with students, and witnessing teaching and learning. By far, my students across grade levels were fortunate to have some great teachers, and if I ever had to select the most effective teacher I worked with, indisputably, I could not. Although different in…

Literacy: 5 Non-Negotiables

Have you ever encountered that one student that, instantly, you knew you’d never forget?  I’m not talking about the coolest kid, the dainty little princess or even the local Doogie Howser type.  I’m talking about that one kid who connected with you in a way no other student ever could—the student who stretched you as…

Put Me In, Coach!

Have you ever wondered why coaches do not play in the game? Instead they prep and prepare the players on the team to run the plays. Coaches watch the field, strategize, and running plays in their head and then send in the players based on their strengths. But what about those players who never make…

Teach like a ROCKstar

School is about to start or has just begun and we are right in the midst of the back to school madness. Most teachers start the process by gathering ideas for their classroom, revisiting the standards, planning the sequence of the first few weeks of lessons, and getting excited about the “fresh” start. Regardless of…

2 R’s: Reflect & Recharge

Do any of those phrases mean anything to you?  If so, then you might just be a teacher.  As teachers, we get super excited as the thought of summer comes our way. We engage in the process of planning where, when, and what we will do with family and friends. One of the true rewards…

My Cup Runneth Over

As a principal at the start of the school year, I was always  excited to welcome my staff back and swop stories of our summer adventures. I would plan all summer, knowing that my team and I had created new initiatives, strategies, and structures that would have my staff working smarter not harder and my students…

Mind Your Business

Heard of mindful learning? Want to know what brain-based learning really entails? Need to see a brain-compatible classroom in action? Stroll the halls of Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School in Jacksonville, NC, and when you hit the fourth/fifth grade hall, enter the first classroom on your right. Welcome to Mrs. Christian’s Class!  A huge, blue vinyl…