8/22/17

Attendance, part 2 - Paying attention and following up.

This is a continuation of episode 158 where I talked about the importance of taking attendance. I have seen adults take forever to determine if all kids are in class or not. You do not want it to waste instructional time. During that episode, I had my 3 Don'ts and 4 Do's and then gave my 4 Final Thoughts.

I review those today or you can go back to 158 to hear more.

My focus for this episode though is to connect taking attendance with something that nobody may ever say that you need to do this but you need to. This content fits well with Not My Job parts 1 and 2 (episodes 155 and 156). Because whether you are told to or not it is part of your job. It is part of your responsibility as the classroom teacher.

You need to pay attention and follow up.

When kids are absent, don't just mark them absent, create a reminder to connect with the child when he returns. This means that when the next day arrives and the kid is not in school you now remember that he was absent the day before. When you hit two days, that day you should call home. Say, "Hey, I noticed that Steve was out for two days and I was hoping all was ok."

Sounds simple enough but you will hear me tell you a story about a child who is able to skip school and nobody paid attention or followed-up.

After listening, I hope that you recognize that you need to pay attention and follow-up.

 

Length - 22:44



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Attendance, part 2 - Paying attention and following up.

This is a continuation of episode 158 where I talked about the importance of taking attendance. I have seen adults take forever to determine if all kids are in class or not. You do not want it to waste instructional time. During that episode, I had my 3 Don'ts and 4 Do's and then gave my 4 Final Thoughts.

I review those today or you can go back to 158 to hear more.

My focus for this episode though is to connect taking attendance with something that nobody may ever say that you need to do this but you need to. This content fits well with Not My Job parts 1 and 2 (episodes 155 and 156). Because whether you are told to or not it is part of your job. It is part of your responsibility as the classroom teacher.

You need to pay attention and follow up.

When kids are absent, don't just mark them absent, create a reminder to connect with the child when he returns. This means that when the next day arrives and the kid is not in school you now remember that he was absent the day before. When you hit two days, that day you should call home. Say, "Hey, I noticed that Steve was out for two days and I was hoping all was ok."

Sounds simple enough but you will hear me tell you a story about a child who is able to skip school and nobody paid attention or followed-up.

After listening, I hope that you recognize that you need to pay attention and follow-up.

 

Length - 22:44



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8/21/17

Sometimes we feel as though we need to be the expert in everything and start pretending we have the knowledge and skills required to do it all. The fact is, it’s a sham. We are pretending and the ones who get hurt the most are the children. Tune in to hear how to stop being…

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114: Don’t Be A Pretender

Sometimes we feel as though we need to be the expert in everything and start pretending we have the knowledge and skills required to do it all. The fact is, it’s a sham. We are pretending and the ones who get hurt the most are the children. Tune in to hear how to stop being…

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8/20/17

I'm doing daily videos because I want to be transparent in what I'm doing in the classroom, but also find our mentors.

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EP 75 Monday Motivation: Being Transparent to Find Mentors/ Build Community

I'm doing daily videos because I want to be transparent in what I'm doing in the classroom, but also find our mentors.

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Listen in on a coaching call I conducted with a graduate of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. His name is Jim, and he’s entering his 4th year of teaching. Jim works on a grades 7-12 campus and is a high school geometry and 7th grade honors math teacher.

The questions that Jim submitted to me were mostly about getting student buy-in with room arrangement and routines/procedures. But the part that I wanted to share with you here on the podcast is where we do a deep dive into getting student buy-in with a cell phone policy.

Like most teachers, Jim already has most of the solution inside of him, and it’s just a matter of helping him uncover the different parts of that solutions and put them together. Notice how each of his responses to me is like a clue which leads us to the next piece of the puzzle, until we have the whole thing assembled. It’s a really fun process to participate in and I think it will be fun for you to listen to, also.

What we’re doing in this conversation is partially about ironing out the details of the cell phone policy, about partially about figuring out which areas of the classroom to give kids ownership of, and where we need to provide more leadership and modeling.

The value of this episode is in helping you ask YOURSELF the right questions, because honest self-reflection is what's going to get you to the right result.

 



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EP102 How to get student buy-in for your class cell phone policy (Jim's coaching call)

Listen in on a coaching call I conducted with a graduate of the 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. His name is Jim, and he’s entering his 4th year of teaching. Jim works on a grades 7-12 campus and is a high school geometry and 7th grade honors math teacher.

The questions that Jim submitted to me were mostly about getting student buy-in with room arrangement and routines/procedures. But the part that I wanted to share with you here on the podcast is where we do a deep dive into getting student buy-in with a cell phone policy.

Like most teachers, Jim already has most of the solution inside of him, and it’s just a matter of helping him uncover the different parts of that solutions and put them together. Notice how each of his responses to me is like a clue which leads us to the next piece of the puzzle, until we have the whole thing assembled. It’s a really fun process to participate in and I think it will be fun for you to listen to, also.

What we’re doing in this conversation is partially about ironing out the details of the cell phone policy, about partially about figuring out which areas of the classroom to give kids ownership of, and where we need to provide more leadership and modeling.

The value of this episode is in helping you ask YOURSELF the right questions, because honest self-reflection is what's going to get you to the right result.

 



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We make time for what we really believe. Good collaboration takes time, but bad collaboration takes even more time.

Tom Hierck can be found at his web site.

  • superintendent department of ed, 34 years in education.

  • Great educators all over the place.

  • Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom

  • I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints.

  • If you build them, they will learn.

  • Learn every kid’s DNA, Dreams, Needs, Abilities

  • Start with something simple.

  • Every kid wants adult time and we should make that positive.

  • Focus on the kids

  • Kids don’t get consequenced to better behavior.

  • Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior.

  • Have adult conversations about what we are going to do with kids.

  • You can’t manage every classroom from your office.

  • Be the “Judicious Parent”

  • What is managed within and what is managed without the classroom.

  • The difference between rules and expectations.

  • What it looks like, feels, like, sounds like.

  • If we don’t model what we expect, then we should expect what we model.

  • How to work with challenging team members?

  • If everyone is nodding their head in agreement, you know somebody is leaving in disagreement.

  • Sometimes, we just follow someone and deal with what they left behind.

  • Leadership Rule #1, whether you create it or condone it, you own it.

  • How to deal with the comfortable, but not good.

  • Get clarity on our purpose.

  • Knowing the skills you have, how do you see that aligning with our purpose.

  • When it gets tough, we will turn to each other when we have clarity of purpose.

  • We do construction work in times of calm.

  • Ineffective practices = easy.

  • We have to get to the hard stuff and be willing to get messy to service 100 % of our kids.

  • How to find time. We make time for what we really believe.

  • Good collaboration takes time, but Bad collaborations takes even more time.

  • Chase time doesn’t work

  • How to be a transformative principal? Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

Join my group coaching program

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show.

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We make time for what we really believe. Good collaboration takes time, but bad collaboration takes even more time.

Tom Hierck can be found at his web site.

  • superintendent department of ed, 34 years in education.

  • Great educators all over the place.

  • Seven Keys to a Positive Learning Environment in Your Classroom

  • I have yet to meet a kid who is connected who disappoints.

  • If you build them, they will learn.

  • Learn every kid’s DNA, Dreams, Needs, Abilities

  • Start with something simple.

  • Every kid wants adult time and we should make that positive.

  • Focus on the kids

  • Kids don’t get consequenced to better behavior.

  • Don’t try to change people, try to change behavior.

  • Have adult conversations about what we are going to do with kids.

  • You can’t manage every classroom from your office.

  • Be the “Judicious Parent”

  • What is managed within and what is managed without the classroom.

  • The difference between rules and expectations.

  • What it looks like, feels, like, sounds like.

  • If we don’t model what we expect, then we should expect what we model.

  • How to work with challenging team members?

  • If everyone is nodding their head in agreement, you know somebody is leaving in disagreement.

  • Sometimes, we just follow someone and deal with what they left behind.

  • Leadership Rule #1, whether you create it or condone it, you own it.

  • How to deal with the comfortable, but not good.

  • Get clarity on our purpose.

  • Knowing the skills you have, how do you see that aligning with our purpose.

  • When it gets tough, we will turn to each other when we have clarity of purpose.

  • We do construction work in times of calm.

  • Ineffective practices = easy.

  • We have to get to the hard stuff and be willing to get messy to service 100 % of our kids.

  • How to find time. We make time for what we really believe.

  • Good collaboration takes time, but Bad collaborations takes even more time.

  • Chase time doesn’t work

  • How to be a transformative principal? Ensure that relationships are healthy and positive. Being positive doesn’t guarantee a good outcome, but being negative does guarantee a negative outcome.

Are you feeling like you are always behind at school? Do you feel like you need about 2 more hours each day to accomplish everything? Here’s how I help principals work manageable hours: Create your ideal week, so that you can leave work at work and enjoy your life!

Join my group coaching program

Please take a moment to rate this podcast in iTunes or on Stitcher

Please follow me on Twitter: @jethrojones for the host and @TrnFrmPrincipal for the show.

Buy Communication Cards

Show notes on TransformativePrincipal.com

Download Paperless Principal.  

Web Site

Transformative Principal on Stitcher

Refer A Principal

Best Tools for Busy Administrators Survey

 



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Kate Nesi, my wife, has started her own podcast, the Lifelong Learning Podcast, and she shares her views on continued growth.

Support for this episode comes from:   My Awesome Supporters! Become a Patron today!   Complete show notes:   ** SEGMENTS **   (1:20) Intro   (6:00) House of #EdTech Thought - Do you have to know everything about edtech?   (15:10) House of #EdTech Recommendation - Podcast Jockey   (25:05) Featured Content - Kate Nesi talks life, learning, and running.   SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFELONG LEARNING PODCAST   (57:40) House of #EdTech VIPs -    ** FEEDBACK **   Call: (732) 903-4869   Flipgrid: http://ift.tt/2v2AI8V   Voxer: mrnesi   Email: feedback@chrisnesi.com   Twitter: @mrnesi   SpeakPipe: http://ift.tt/2e64llK

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Lifelong Learning with Kate Nesi - HoET092

Kate Nesi, my wife, has started her own podcast, the Lifelong Learning Podcast, and she shares her views on continued growth.

Support for this episode comes from:   My Awesome Supporters! Become a Patron today!   Complete show notes:   ** SEGMENTS **   (1:20) Intro   (6:00) House of #EdTech Thought - Do you have to know everything about edtech?   (15:10) House of #EdTech Recommendation - Podcast Jockey   (25:05) Featured Content - Kate Nesi talks life, learning, and running.   SUBSCRIBE TO THE LIFELONG LEARNING PODCAST   (57:40) House of #EdTech VIPs -    ** FEEDBACK **   Call: (732) 903-4869   Flipgrid: http://ift.tt/2v2AI8V   Voxer: mrnesi   Email: feedback@chrisnesi.com   Twitter: @mrnesi   SpeakPipe: http://ift.tt/2e64llK

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8/18/17

Thanks for reading CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1) from Creative Music Education.

It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations. If you follow the blog and podcast, you’ll know that creativity in piano lessons is one of my great passions. That’s why I’ve dedicated […]

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CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1)

Thanks for reading CPTP100: 100th Episode Special: Our Favourite Conversations From the Last 2 Years (Part 1) from Creative Music Education.

It’s the 100th episode of the podcast! To celebrate we’ve put together a two part special with the best clips from the past 99 conversations about creativity, business and teaching transformations. If you follow the blog and podcast, you’ll know that creativity in piano lessons is one of my great passions. That’s why I’ve dedicated […]

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8/17/17

Aija Mayrock is an author and young entrepreneur. Her book, "The Survival Guide to Bullying," was an eye-opener and thrust her to a national dialogue on bullying. Her insights and passion are on full display as Aija lays out her plan to end bullying and weighs in on young entrepreneurs. You can learn more about her at: http://aijamayrock.com/ Twitter: @aijamayrock

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Ep 74: Aija Mayrock on Bullying, Young Entrepreneurialism & Limitless Possibilities

Aija Mayrock is an author and young entrepreneur. Her book, "The Survival Guide to Bullying," was an eye-opener and thrust her to a national dialogue on bullying. Her insights and passion are on full display as Aija lays out her plan to end bullying and weighs in on young entrepreneurs. You can learn more about her at: http://aijamayrock.com/ Twitter: @aijamayrock

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8/16/17

Eric Ewald is an elementary school principal in North Liberty, Iowa. He is in his first year as the Lead Learner and Chief Storyteller at Van Allen Elementary of the Iowa City Community School District. Van Allen is a PreK through 6th grade building of approximately 550 students. This is Eric’s fifth year as an elementary school principal. Eric’s wife is a first grade teacher in a neighboring District; they have two children, a kindergarten son and an almost three-year-old daughter.     Eric Ewald Show Highlights
  • Coaching turned him on to education
  • Quiet leadership and leading by example
  • Best leading by example moment
  • Do you do Positive Post-Its @ your school?
  • Giver or Taker
  • Start your day writing thank you notes
  • Do you get teachers to engage in Twitter chats?
  • It’s okay to have fun and to slow down
  • Growth mindset 
  • Should we move off of email to Voxer or Slack?
  • Fish philosophy to win
  Resources   Commit to 3 app Voxer Slack Fish Philosophy The Power of School Branding   Eric’s blog Connect with Eric on Twitter   Twitter chats to check out:
  • #iaedchat
  • #satchat
  • #leadupchat
  • #kidsdeserveit
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  • Our venture is a social enterprise and their vision is to catalyze sustainable change in our society one organization at a time
  • Our home city is Chicago but their work can be done anywhere in the nation and they are actively looking for clients elsewhere
  • Our current portfolio includes individual schools, nonprofit organizations, small and large districts and urban school systems
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EP106: Love what you do with Eric Ewald

Eric Ewald is an elementary school principal in North Liberty, Iowa. He is in his first year as the Lead Learner and Chief Storyteller at Van Allen Elementary of the Iowa City Community School District. Van Allen is a PreK through 6th grade building of approximately 550 students. This is Eric’s fifth year as an elementary school principal. Eric’s wife is a first grade teacher in a neighboring District; they have two children, a kindergarten son and an almost three-year-old daughter.     Eric Ewald Show Highlights
  • Coaching turned him on to education
  • Quiet leadership and leading by example
  • Best leading by example moment
  • Do you do Positive Post-Its @ your school?
  • Giver or Taker
  • Start your day writing thank you notes
  • Do you get teachers to engage in Twitter chats?
  • It’s okay to have fun and to slow down
  • Growth mindset 
  • Should we move off of email to Voxer or Slack?
  • Fish philosophy to win
  Resources   Commit to 3 app Voxer Slack Fish Philosophy The Power of School Branding   Eric’s blog Connect with Eric on Twitter   Twitter chats to check out:
  • #iaedchat
  • #satchat
  • #leadupchat
  • #kidsdeserveit
Check out Danny’s Ultimate Guide to Twitter chats here

 

Join my hybrid group coaching

& leadership development community

Text BETTERMASTERMIND to 33444

Create winning cultures

Focus on the essential

Lead with courage & integrity 

 

BECOME A PATRON OF THE SHOW FOR AS LITTLE AS $1/MONTH

DID YOU LIKE THE SHOW?  iTunes SUBSCRIBE HERE!

SHOW SOME LOVE: PLEASE LEAVE A 5-STAR RATING AND REVIEW

Grab your FREE 15 Phrases of Effective School Leaders 

Text PHRASES to 33444 or click the link above.

 

Website :: Facebook :: Insta :: Twitter :: LinkedIn

 

SHOW SPONSORS:

CSC Consulting Group: Catalyzing Sustainable Change

  • Our mission is to support people in education and nonprofit organizations to improve processes and enhance the performance of their organizations.
  • Our venture is a social enterprise and their vision is to catalyze sustainable change in our society one organization at a time
  • Our home city is Chicago but their work can be done anywhere in the nation and they are actively looking for clients elsewhere
  • Our current portfolio includes individual schools, nonprofit organizations, small and large districts and urban school systems
  • Our team represents and shares a stake with the populations we serve
  • We are strategic thought partners to leaders of public sector organizations
  • We ideates, builds and maintains easy-to-understand data tools using the latest analytics technology

 

SCHOOL SPIRIT VENDING

  • Hassle-free, year-round fundraising for your school. With School Spirit Vending, we do all the work, you just cash the check
  • Increase school spirit with custom stickers for your school and raise funds at the same time -no upfront costs, no volunteers, no selling
  • Sick of the same old ways of raising money for your school? Let School Spirit Vending's hassle-free, year-round fundraising program supplement the other fundraisers you're already doing.
  • SSV is also giving away the Top 10 School Fundraising Ideas for 2017. Download the guide here.

 

 

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8/15/17

Few people have succeeded, failed, then succeeded like James Altucher. While many people know him for his books "Choose Yourself," and "Reinvent Yourself," as well as his podcast, "The James Altucher Show," some might not know what it took to get there. His track record of finding trends, and seizing on opportunities is amazing. That is why in this episode, we dive deep into education, learning, and what the future might hold for "students" in the next ten years.

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Ep 73: James Altucher on learning & adapting

Few people have succeeded, failed, then succeeded like James Altucher. While many people know him for his books "Choose Yourself," and "Reinvent Yourself," as well as his podcast, "The James Altucher Show," some might not know what it took to get there. His track record of finding trends, and seizing on opportunities is amazing. That is why in this episode, we dive deep into education, learning, and what the future might hold for "students" in the next ten years.

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