Heart of the School

Reflections on My First Year as the School Principal – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog The other day I was at a party to celebrate Dan, one of the teachers at my school. At one point, he called me over to introduce me to one of his relatives. He said, “This is Rita. She works with us.” Not, “this is my boss.” Not, “this is my principal.” This is Rita. She works with us. She. Works. With. Us. As I finish up my first year as a school principal, that is just…

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Teaching Students to Be Assertive When Other Kids Are Mean – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Take a minute and think of the character traits you want to help your students develop. When I asked friends they offered a good assortment including kind, happy, helpful, hard-working, intelligent, friendly and more. A Google search pulled up the “six pillars” of character education (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, citizenship, and caring). But a trait I think of as among the most important was not found anywhere. That trait, as you probably surmised from the title of…

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Self-Care for Funny People – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog These days, if you’re a teacher, you’ve probably read something about “self-care.” There is a movement in edu-circles around the more than worthy notion that teachers need to be mindful of meeting their own needs. You know, the “put on your oxygen mask first” theory of supporting kids. It’s a good theory. Teachers work hard and often do so with little regard for their own needs. That’s not sustainable. If we want to serve our students, then…

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