Fostering Effective Relationships

Human Disconnection – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I am sitting in a Starbucks, and focusing on writing.  I tend to come to this place because I know the taste of what I am going to drink, and I also know that I can work with people in my vision, but in isolation with no interruption.  I like the “routine” of it all, but also know that with a large pair of headphones, I can concentrate and get things done without any interruptions from others. I have done…

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Why Teachers Love Teaching (As Shared by Teachers) – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I asked the simple question, “What do you love about teaching?” on Twitter the other day. Here are some of the responses: My EAL student (from years ago) whatsapped me yesterday to tell me – quite proudly – that she got a 2 (equivalent to B) on her English test. For the first time in her life. The feels! So proud! These moments are my favourite thing. 🥰 — Alicia Bankhofer (@aliciabankhofer) March 21, 2019 watching a student succeed in…

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3 Tips on Dealing with “Teacher-Stress” – The Principal of Change – Education Article

There are a lot of tweets on Twitter, or things heard at conferences or in staff rooms, that can make educators feel guilty about how they do their job. I am sure that I am guilty of tweeting or saying something in the past that might have caused this feeling of educators but my intent, as I assume positively is also the intent of others, is to push thinking and help, but NEVER to discourage.  Teaching can be physically and…

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3 Important Questions Regarding “Success” in Schools – The Principal of Change – Education Article

This article, “9 Simple Ways to Improve Your Life in 9 Short Days,” has some excellent advice that could benefit many, educators and students alike.  The first paragraphs on “success” struck me: Successful people live by a different set of rules. Collecting accolades, reaching the top of the corporate ladder, or acquiring riches isn’t as important as having a calling, pursuing a dream, and changing lives. Successful people inspired by a mission strive to leave behind a legacy. Fair warning, though: When all is…

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The Importance of Value and Purpose – The Principal of Change – Education Article

I have discussed the importance of relationships in education and see them as the core of excellent teaching and learning.  It is not that I choose relationships over teaching and learning (relationships are not enough), but I know you can get more done with them than you can do without that relationship in place.  I know that in my experience, whether as a student or as a colleague, when I felt people didn’t care if they connected or made you feel valued,…

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The Patience and Persistence Needed for Our Students – The Principal of Change – Education Article

  A friend, and former colleague, Les Worthington, wrote the following Facebook post (shared with permission): While standing in line at a store today a young man approached me and said, “Hello Mr. Worthington.” He has grown a lot since I saw him last (+/-5 years), and I didn’t recognize him (I guess I’ve aged well because he recognized me!) Once he said his name I said hello and gave him a hug. We chatted briefly before he had to…

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Challenging Others – The Principal of Change – Education Article

One of the benefits I have of being in education is having an older brother that is heavily involved in the field as well. His feedback to me in the past has been some of the harshest that I have ever received from anyone with little or no filter.  Sometimes it hurts, but it always makes me think and grow.  But there is one thing I know while receiving the feedback; he has my back. The best mentors I have…

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Celebrating the Success and Differences of Others #LEAPEffect – The Principal of Change – Education Article

As I was re-reading, “Take the LEAP; Ignite a Culture of Innovation” by Elisabeth Bostwick (published by Impress Books), this passage stuck out to me and was one that left me feeling uncomfortable as I know it happens far too often: Matthew and his building principal were close as colleagues, and they shared a similar philosophy of education. The more Matthew’s career blossomed, however, the more strained their relationship became. From Matthew’s perspective, it seemed that his principal resented his…

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Honoring the Past While Moving Toward the Future – The Principal of Change – Education Article

A couple of things that I have been thinking lately: When we say, “We want our students to change the world” or “solve tomorrow’s problems,” I wonder if we are acting like the generation of teachers before didn’t?  A lot of the great things that are being created by people today is because of teachers in the past having the same intentions of teachers’ today.  We have to realize that for the best educators, no matter the generation, the intent…

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