• A Leadership Journey: “Lead the person you see someone can be”

    My leadership journey was one of self-discovery, followed by responsibility. I was an awkward child who didn’t fit in with my peers. I was also a problematic student in the classroom who found himself in trouble – consistently.  If you had surveyed my elementary and junior high teachers and classmates about leadership potential, I would The post A Leadership Journey: “Lead the person you see someone can be” appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Learning Theories: Understanding the 4 Major Ones for the Classroom

    What are the four major learning theories, what is the role they play in education today, and how does it all connect with Leader in Me? Let’s dig in!  Behaviorist Theory What is it? Behaviorist Learning Theory (or Behaviorism) utilizes key ideas from the work of B.F. Skinner, who theorized that learning occurs through a The post Learning Theories: Understanding the 4 Major Ones for the Classroom appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Leader in Me – “A Lesson from Konner”

    March 13, 2020 Remember that day, March 13th? That was the last time we had students in our classrooms at school. It was a Friday, and we had just found out less than 24 hours before that we would not be returning to school for at least six weeks – maybe more. Personally, I had The post Leader in Me – “A Lesson from Konner” appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • How Do We Balance Our Lives In A Very Unbalanced World? Part 2

    “How many of us were already in crisis mode before we were told to close schools, cancel high school and collegiate sporting events, proms, graduation ceremonies, shut down all professional sports, and even close Disney World?” Our choices (and the change that flows from those choices) define the very nature of our success in life The post How Do We Balance Our Lives In A Very Unbalanced World? Part 2 appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • How Do We Balance Our Lives in a Very Unbalanced World? Part 1

      “There is no bell schedule at my home address” We are in uncharted waters as educators. We have fought many battles over the years outside our Circle of Influence such as booming class ratios, overwhelming poverty, inadequate funding models, student apathy, state testing mandates, and knee-jerk curriculum implementations. We have continued to produce paradigm-shifting The post How Do We Balance Our Lives in a Very Unbalanced World? Part 1 appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • The 8 Habits: A True Partner in my Journey to Injury Recovery

    On February 25, 2018, I sat in the waiting room at the local emergency room, telling the nurse that I was quite certain I broke my arm as a result of the car wreck I just experienced.  I proactively called my insurance company setting up my rental car, so I could report to Martin Petitjean The post The 8 Habits: A True Partner in my Journey to Injury Recovery appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Creating Lifelong Readers: A Supportive Classroom Culture

    Creating lifelong readers is a common goal of educators for their students. But how can educators help ensure not only a student’s success in reading but also a student’s love for reading? Two summers ago, I was inspired by the most invigorating professional development I had ever attended–nErDcamp Michigan. As all effective PDs should, nErDcamp led The post Creating Lifelong Readers: A Supportive Classroom Culture appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Accountable: Creating a Culture To Achieve Your Goals

    Accountable means being responsible and answerable for an action. When it comes time to set goals and expectations, accountable is the word one looks for when it comes time for results; meaning, who is accountable for the results?   Writing While Being Accountable   When it comes to writing, being accountable is just as important The post Accountable: Creating a Culture To Achieve Your Goals appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • How Principals Unlock Engagement: 4 Keys to Success

    How principals unlock engagement is a combination of actions. For a variety of reasons, teacher engagement is at the lowest levels we’ve seen since the late 1980s. Low staff engagement leader to higher levels of absenteeism and lower levels of student engagement. Getting staff engagement right really matters. Staff volunteer their best efforts when they The post How Principals Unlock Engagement: 4 Keys to Success appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Themed Project-Based Learning Approach: Aboard the Yellow Submarine

    Themed Project-Based Learning Approach (TPBLA) is a program I created seven years ago to teach my developing readers. This educational approach provides my students with access to the curriculum and their IEP/MTSS goals in an authentic, fun, and unique manner. As an elementary resource room teacher, I believe that my mission is to motivate, engage, The post Themed Project-Based Learning Approach: Aboard the Yellow Submarine appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Teaching Empathy and Kindness: 6 Children’s Books to Read in 2020

    Teaching empathy and kindness to students can start with a solid foundation of examples. Books provide a great beginning platform for students to learn what empathy and kindness mean. As our understanding of social-emotional learning grows, so must our teachings. There are countless children’s books that offer beautiful lessons about friendship, acceptance, kindness, and compassion. Here The post Teaching Empathy and Kindness: 6 Children’s Books to Read in 2020 appeared first on Leader In Me.

  • Children’s Books That Display Leadership: 5 K-12 Must-Reads for 2020

    Children’s books that display leadership are plentiful. Children’s books have always been a cornerstone of learning not only context, grammar, and symbolism, but also of learning qualities of people. That’s what makes children’s books fundamental in teaching students leadership. Leaders are a fundamental part of any functioning society: whether it’s helping a team score the The post Children’s Books That Display Leadership: 5 K-12 Must-Reads for 2020 appeared first on Leader In Me.

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If you want small changes, work on your behavior; if you want quantum-leap changes, work on your paradigms. – Stephen R. Covey

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