The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. How do you do? 1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen 2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien 3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte… Read More

I’ve been on vacation, and it was sunny and dreamy and warm and there was turquoise water and white sands and now… it is back to work/reality, not to mention, home to about three thousand feet of snow. Harsh. This semester I’m enrolled in a graduate course called Change in Education. Considering the amount of… Read More

I feel like in the past year I’ve been surveyed to death, but each time I sit down to complete one, I trust that whomever is compiling the results of said survey will use the data for good. Not evil. In an attempt to “make sense” of the plethora of online resources/networks/communities/tools that are available… Read More

Inspired by #edchat’s Tuesday night discussion about the meaningful use of interactive whiteboards in classrooms, I began to ponder: Should I purchase more of these tools for use in my building next year, when I have 5-6 mobile SMARTboards already that aren’t being used consistently (and frankly, may not be used meaningfully when they are… Read More

I have a new title. Last week at our board meeting I was approved as the Elementary Technology Integrator and Coach. I assume the responsibilities that accompany this role with much excitement and absolute dizziness. Where… to…. begin?! For one thing, I am still the principal of a K-6 elementary building of 475 students and… Read More

Wednesday I introduced the concept of professional learning communities with my staff. They were a gracious audience, but when it came time for feedback, one thing rang loud and clear: We don’t have time to meet collaboratively. We need the only 30-40 minutes of prep time that is scheduled each day for our own use.… Read More

Our school is good. It’s always been good. Kudos to my students, parents, and teachers for their success thus far. Soon, good is not going to be good enough.  I know, I know, test scores aren’t everything- but we are accountable.  As the stakes rise, our reading performance may indeed not be “good” enough. I… Read More

I am relatively new in my position as principal, but I have taught for enough years to know that we will always encounter “those kids” in our classrooms and schools. The kids that talk back. The ones that don’t hand in assignments. Students that are disrespectful. Bullies. Those that don’t give 100%. Kids that tell… Read More

Principals and other administrators need to help their teachers, students, and parents see the “big picture”… it’s too easy to get comfortable. When I look at this footage of our recent flight above my school, it reminds me of this. The View from Above… Read More

Last year was my first year as the principal of a K-6 elementary school in rural Pennsylvania. About this time one year ago, I decided to start a blog called “Principally Speaking,” where I was going to document each and every day, the trials and tribulations of being a first year principal. Hardy… har… har!… Read More