The Beatdown & The Phoenix

On July 1, I officially finished my first year as a Superintendent. 

It was awesome.  It was amazing.  It was the beat-down of a lifetime.

To say that I got my butt kicked this year is putting it lightly. While I heavily relied on my teaching, Assistant Principal, and K-12 Supervisor experiences (and of course all of that schooling stuff), it was still a dim lit path with no answers being in stone.  

Now that we are in summer, I’ve taken some time to reflect on my year.  Here’s what I thought: I was doing great until state testing arrived.  After state testing, I made my mistake.  A big one.  I pushed. Hard.  Really hard.

Why is this a mistake? In my case, I pushed my teachers so hard this past year, and they went with it.  Most realized they were way behind the curve and saw a need for change.  They adapted, they worked so hard, and they tried.  After state testing, many were tired.  I saw it as an additional 24 days of school and saw some starting to slide and shut off.  Instead of targeting individuals, I went mass emails and tried to rally the troops and lead the charge.  It completely backfired, and I ended up having a semi-mutiny on my hands.  Even worse, those that were doing a modicum of work and were so lost to begin with began to stir the pot even more… and they went for the jugular.  If I wore the wrong shoes, I heard about it.  If I blinked the wrong way, I heard about it.  Granted, the completely useless just focus all of their energy on finding fault and deflecting people about looking at them, but I gave them free ammo.  Not cool.

So, the year ended, and I took two weeks off. BEST. IDEA. EVER.   I played video games. I watched awful TV. I got back to the gym.  I went for check-ups that I put off forever.  I played golf. I played with my puppy.  I lived like a normal human being.  It was needed.

Coming back refreshed, I had the time to digest and process all of the decision making, pitfalls, and pros that I went through.

The summer vibe in a school setting is a wonderful one.  It’s nice to reflect, recharge, and reorganize your thoughts for the following school year.  It’s a time for the educational phoenix to rise again and prepare for whatever come sour way.  I have grown, I have learned, and now it’s time to move onward. 

Twitter Chats 2.0

#Satchat 2.0 has arrived.

Evolving Educators

An example of a Voxer Conversation  between the #satchat moderators. An example of a Voxer Conversation between the #satchat moderators.

Since April 2012 #satchat has engaged educators from all over the world in a positive and progressive educational conversation on Saturday mornings. As one of many educational chats on Twitter, we try to make the hour of educational conversation engaging, practical and something that educators can use in their classroom or school office the next school day. But one of the issues that people have with Twitter chats is the limited characters available for a message. I addressed this concern in a February 2013 blog post called The Great 140 Character Debate. But there is some truth to this issue.

Many Twitter chats have so much information being provided, in such a short time, that educators want to look back at the conversation well after it has ended. #satchat archives the conversation and then tweets out the link to…

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