A Principal's Reflections

Making Headway with Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it is now time to focus on the present with an eye to the future. Many difficult lessons were learned during the pandemic, and a few more are sure to materialize over the next couple of months.

Overcoming Engagement Hurdles with Remote Learners

A Principal's Reflections

In order to empower people at some level, you first need to engage them. It is nearly impossible to create a culture of learning if there are elements of boredom, inactivity, and lack of relevance. This is a lesson I learned most recently as a presenter and workshop facilitator.

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Finding Balance in Today's Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Balance has always been a challenge for teachers. I vividly remember this during my early years as a teacher. Each night I came home exhausted. Maybe the 45-minute commute had a little to do with it, but the main culprit was how I used available time in the classroom.

Competencies for a Post-COVID World

A Principal's Reflections

It seems as of late that we are always in the midst of difficult times. As I am writing this post, the world is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. The challenges that this is placing on society goes without saying.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

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How to Create Effective Learning Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

Educators have been working valiantly to make either remote or hybrid learning work. In the midst of this challenging time, we have seen innovative practices embraced more at scale.

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Time is What Teachers Need Right Now

A Principal's Reflections

At first glance, this post's title might be perceived that hybrid learning is not working in many districts and schools. I can state unequivocally that it is based on firsthand experience coaching in schools the past couple of months.

Avoiding Synchronous Video Fatigue During Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some monumental shifts to practice. Educators have taken a critical lens as to why they teach the way they do and how it can be done more effectively.

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Important Lessons Learned During the Pandemic and How They Can Drive Needed Change

A Principal's Reflections

There is no shortage of challenges that have been leveled on schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. After some time, we have seen an initial move to all remote learning, depending on where you live, a shift to some sort of hybrid model.

Empathetic Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As almost all schools across the globe are back in session in some form or another, many have decided to begin the year remotely with the hopes that COVID-19 cases will subside in the coming months. Others have started the year with some sort of hybrid model.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Developing Asynchronous Remote Learning Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past couple of months, I have written extensively on the topic of remote learning. As I continually work with more and more districts and schools on an ongoing basis, ideas keep percolating in my mind as to the pedagogically-sound strategies that educators can use now.

Strategies to Foster Discourse and Collaboration in Remote Learning Environments

A Principal's Reflections

The past couple of months have been challenging for educators, to say the least. However, in the midst of it all, there have been opportunities to take a critical lens to practice in the efforts to effectively pivot to a remote world and successfully implement hybrid learning models in the near term.

High-Agency in the Remote and Hybrid Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Educators desperately want and need support. They need practical strategies that are not just effective but also can be developed in a reasonable amount of time.

Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

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5 Keys for Successful Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

There is a lot to consider as schools either begin the school year or reassess where they currently are based upon the current COVID19 situation.

Modeling Hybrid Learning to Support Educators

A Principal's Reflections

Hybrid learning continues to be on the minds of schools and districts. Either they are beginning to get ready to shift from remote learning, or challenges have arisen after meticulously planning for a smooth rollout.

Give and Take Ideas to Support Teachers

A Principal's Reflections

The pandemic has really put a strain on educators, yet they continue to rise to the occasion on behalf of kids. This has come at a cost both mentally, socially, and physically. Something has to give.

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Strategies to Accelerate Family Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

With all its challenges, the pandemic brought to light the need to either rethink or improve various aspects of practice. When it comes to leadership, the importance of effective communication skills to engage and empower families moved to the forefront.

8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Challenges Create Opportunities

A Principal's Reflections

" Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. " - Joshua J. Marine I love working with educators.

Feedback is Needed More Than Ever

A Principal's Reflections

I think we can all agree that this school year has been unlike any other and not for the best of reasons. The pandemic has upended the entire education system as schools have moved to remote, then hybrid, and back to remote in some cases with no end in sight.

Developing SEL Competencies Through Technology

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID-19 unleashed an array of challenges that resulted in schools being closed for in-person instruction for many months. As I write this post, many have begun the year with remote learning, while others have opted for a hybrid model where a certain amount of kids are still learning at home.

Upgrading the Remote Learning and Hybrid Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

These unprecedented and uncertain times have spawned a paradigm shift in the way teaching and learning are conducted.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Top Posts of 2020

A Principal's Reflections

The year began like any other. From a blogging perspective, I kicked it off with a post on what could be as a means to pump up educators as they continued to move towards embracing innovative strategies and ideas. In my opinion, January always represents an excellent opportunity to try something new.

Don’t Forget About Educator Safety When Reopening Schools

A Principal's Reflections

We are all in the midst of some very challenging times, regardless of our profession. When it comes to education, schools are grappling with reopening safely here in the United States. There are no easy answers or choices here. As schools across the country are now virtually all closed for summer break, preparations are being made, and hopefully, comprehensive plans are being developed. However, in the midst of all of this, COVID19 cases are rising in many states.

Leading in Uncertain Times

A Principal's Reflections

The concept of leadership hasn’t changed, although the conditions under which leaders work and learn sure have. Prior to COVID19, the vast amount of uncertainty in education lay in societal changes resulting from the 4th Industrial Revolution. The world of work was being disrupted right before our eyes. A rapid evolution in artificial intelligence, automation, and advanced robotics should have served notice to anyone in the education space that things needed to change.

Moving to a Hybrid Learning Model

A Principal's Reflections

We don’t know for sure what education will look like in the future, but one thing is for sure, and that is the need to adapt and evolve. The pandemic shuttered schools across the globe, and lessons, some of which were very hard, were learned. As re-entry planning either begins or continues in earnest, the priority must be to transform learning in ways that provide kids with the best experience possible while ensuring the safety of all. It goes without saying that this is no small feat.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Preparation for What Comes Next

A Principal's Reflections

It is a stressful time for everyone. COVID-19 cases are increasing in many places, and social distancing measures are being extended. Through it all, there is anxiety and fear as it pertains to what comes next. Will kids go back to school or continue to learn remotely?

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The COVID19 pandemic unearthed many harsh realities for education across the globe. One of the more glaring issues was the vast digital divide that still exists in many places, especially the United States. Inadequate WIFI and the availability of computers at home for kids to use for learning caught many educators off guard.

3 Ways to Streamline Expectations While Making Things Easier for Educators

A Principal's Reflections

It seems like every day presents a new challenge or adventure, depending on how you view the current landscape. Educators are stressed, worn-out, and constantly wondering when the pandemic will end. There are no easy answers or solutions that will work for everyone.

10 Remote Learning Practices to Avoid

A Principal's Reflections

Educators, schools, and districts have earnestly rolled out remote learning plans to support students and fill in gaps as a result of extended closures. We have seen fantastic progress in a short amount of time as teachers, with little to no training in this area, have valiantly risen to the occasion. Are the plans perfect? Not by any stretch, but that is because they don’t have to be.

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