Slices of Life 31 (supposed to be 27): What the #$%* is my job, really???

  My job is a lot about building and sustaining a positive school culture whose focus is always on children and teaching and learning. But the truth is that I don’t always know how what I do every day contributes to that work. I mean, if you look at my calendar, it isn’t always evident … Continue reading Slices of Life 31 (supposed to be 27): What the #$%* is my job, really???

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Fake it ‘til you Make It

Do I believe in intrinsic motivation?  Of course! Do I want all of my children (students and birthed children) to be intrinsically motivated all of the time to-- do the right thing, work hard, be kind, learn a lot, etc?  Of course!  And… do I sometimes resort to extrinsic motivators?  ABSOLUTELY!  I try to think … Continue reading Fake it ‘til you Make It

March 1st. Katie Charner-Laird. K-5 Principal. Heinemann Fellow.

I'm not really sure I know how to do this whole Slice of Life business.  And what exactly is interesting in the life of a principal anyway?  I tend to think that what is interesting is working with children.  So at least for starters, this is where I will direct my thinking.  This first story … Continue reading March 1st. Katie Charner-Laird. K-5 Principal. Heinemann Fellow.