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???
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
Wylie has chosen the song she will play for her violin recital in a few weeks, and she feels so incredibly proud that her teacher agreed she was ready to perform it. At the beginning of her lesson, her teacher Carlough asked Wylie, “Did you know that this song is actually a story about a … Continue reading Violin Lessons or Life Lessons?
This week in my weekly bulletin I asked teachers at my school to consider ELA reading anchor standard 9-- Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take. We have 5 habits of mind that we teach, reinforce, and assess … Continue reading Parenting, Principalship and the Common Core. SOLCDay5.
I don’t know where to start writing about Jermaine. This kid has been in my life for almost five years now. Predominantly as a thorn in my side, a challenge to overcome, a behavior plan that was never enough. But also occasionally as a card buddy, a therapuddy artist, and now lately, a meditation partner. … Continue reading Saying good-bye to Jermaine
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.