Change.


Every school faces it.Change is Not Always Messed Up.

Many people don’t like it.

Some even fight it.

Change.

My favorite qoute:

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have – and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up."  (James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, Flight of the Buffalo, 1994)

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College Professors and Twitter.


This is a bad sign.Actually... It's 5,330 At Last Count.

I have over 5,300 followers on Twitter.

Why?  I assume they have bad taste and not enough hobbies, but that’s another blog.

Most people seem to follow because occassionally I will comment on education topics (mostly I provide updates on Buddy the Dog, my new TV show, and express my anger that our next President may be named Newt).

My followers include college students, teachers, principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and parents.

I just about forgot… nearly 73% of my Twitter followers are hardcore gangbangers who are doing time in federal prison (and I would like to add… for crimes they didn’t commit)

What bothers me about this situation isn’t the drug trafficking across state lines, but the fact that I have exactly 0 Twitter followers who are College Education Professors.

Yes, I said 0 (typed… whatever).

Wouldn’t you think someone… somewhere…  would be a college professor with time on their hands who might want to follow other educators on Twitter?

It worries me that the people teaching the next generation of teachers and administrators may not be using technology at the same rate as other educators.

And more importantly, students.

Since there is always room for more followers, you can find me @principalspage.

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They Should Teach This in Superintendent School.


When you go to Superintendent School they teach you a lot of things.Just Say It!

Such as, superintendents get paid more than principals (I got an A on this quiz… nailed it!).

Usually, this lesson is enough to pique one’s interest.

They also teach you about public relations, finances, and school law.

That’s the good part.

The bad part is they don’t teach you everything.  Some things you just have to learn on the job.

This is not very reassuring…for the superintendent and school board.

Lots of Responsibility + Lack of Knowledge = Ruh Roh, Raggy!

In a perfect world, superintendents would be prepared when they started their new careers, but as you might’ve heard, the world isn’t always perfect (if this is news to you… I’m sorry you had to hear it here).

The superintendentcy is a big job, so I can’t really blame universities if some things fall through the cracks.

Not to complain but… there is one little tidbit I would like to see college professors share before diplomas are handed out.

Teach future educational leaders how to say "No".

Everyone can say "Yes", but only a select few can say "No".

I think this gets many people into trouble.  It’s almost like new superintendents need a safe word.

Personally, mine is "Serenity now!" (if you see me screaming this while huddled in a corner rocking back and forth in a fetal position… please back away slowly… and notify the authorities).

Saying no sounds simple, but it’s hard.

Really hard.

Especially for people who haven’t been taught.

I want it noted this is the only blog where you get  Superintendent talk mixed in with Seinfeld and Scooby-Doo references.  You’re welcome.

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There is a Complete Lack of Discipline in My House.


It’s borderline ridiculous.He is Cute.

Part of my job is trying to promote good discipline among a large group of students.

It’s not any easy job, but someone has to do it.

Talk nice.

Treat each other with respect.

Don’t cheat.

Don’t touch each other (this means you junior high boys).

Pick up trash.

Easy on the texting.

Use your indoor voice.

Don’t put anything on Facebook that we will all regret (and cause me to contact the school lawyer).

Basically, just do the right thing.

It doesn’t always go smoothly, but for the most part students seem to listen.

Then there’s my house.

And the two people who live in it and eat my food.

They have no discipline.

Specifically, they have no discipline in regards to the other "thing" that lives in my house and eats more food than anyone.

Buddy the Dog.

It seems that hundreds of children of all ages will at least fake respect when I’m in their vicinity.

My dog?  It’s like he’s an animal. 

And deaf.

Even worse, my wife is evidently trying to win the Mrs. I’m a Dog Owner and I Have No Interest in Making the Family Animal Follow Any Rules Because I Find Him Handsome Pageant.

Why does he get to do what he wants when he wants?

Why is there always time for his every want and need?

Why does he get to crawl inside the dishwasher and look for scraps?

Why do we call my bed "my bed" when HE seems to spend more time there?

Why does he get so much attention?

And most importantly, why does he get all of this special treatment when I work and all he does is nap?

I can’t pinpoint the exact date where I lost control of our home, but it seems to be about the exact same day in which he showed up.

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A Blog Turned Into a Bulletin Board.


Who knew?Image

A PrincipalsPage Blog may actually help students.

I’m shocked.

And excited.

You can find this bulletin board in Sycamore, Illinois. It’s a grade 6-8 building in Northern Illinois with 853 students.

Where did they get the idea? Click HERE.

I will gladly take credit for the blog, but I must admit the picture isn’t mine.

But I’m still very happy.

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Guest Post by Mark Cuban “You Don’t Live in the World You Were Born Into.”


As I cruised around the interweb over holidays, I came across Mark Cuban’s blog.

He is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (and World Champions I might add…).

I thought his most recent post was perfect for educators.

After a quick email, Mr. Cuban agreed to let me post it here for teachers and school administrators.

Only in America would a billionaire respond to my annoying email.

Enjoy.

“I thought this was appropriate to start the new year.Cuban Cover

We all have the tendency to believe that we are living in a very advanced technological period. We get all excited about the new tech we got at Xmas and what we read about that will soon be available to us. In reality, everything we are excited about today is going to be incredibly old and boring much faster than we ever expect.

No matter what year you were born, by the time you finish(ed) high school, its (was) a completely different world. Today’s high school seniors were born prior to the World Wide Web, wireless internet, smartphones,tablets, HDTVs and changes in world politics that were never imagined. Without question each of us can remember the things that were new and exciting to us when we were kids, that were unimaginable to our parents, but are now nothing more than old memories.

The rate of technological change is not slowing down. In fact, the argument could be made that it is speeding up. In our lifetimes, we will reach a point when we reflect back on the good old days of the internet, Facebook, Twitter and other tech that is ubiquitous today. We might even look back at digital the way we currently look at analog. Things change.

Of course, this isn’t a problem. It’s a huge opportunity. There is that 12 year old that is imagining what we can’t. Another that is combining elements into something new we should have seen, but did not. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings. “If you are looking where everyone else is for the next big thing, you are looking in the wrong place”

The reality is, None of us are born in to the world we live in.”

Click to preview Mr. Cuban’s book.

Better yet, click on the book to order from Amazon.

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Most Popular Posts of 2011.


Another year is over.

For me, this means one thing.

The easiest blog of the year.

So here are the most popular PrincipalsPage.com Blogs (posts… whatever) based on comments from 2011.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

I’m amazed at the number of people who continue to come back. Over 186,000 visits during the calendar year.

Readers were kind enough to stomach their way through 256,000 pages of questionable blog content.

A special thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. I continue learn far more from you than you do me.

It’s been a great year.

Enjoy.

January – How to Get a Snow Day in 4 Easy Steps. (15 comments)

February – Who Wants a FREE Copy of Waiting for Superman. (66 comments).

March – Bullying Victim or Hero. Thoughts?  (35 comments)

April – School Administrators Need to Limit Access. Huh? (13 comments)

May – Are Teachers So Dry They Need Buckets of Lotion? (16 comments)

June – How Do You Hide in Plain Sight. and New Principals: If You Read Only One Blog, Make It This One. (9 comments each… slow month)

July – Goodbye Cursive. (12 Comments)

August – Hiring a Teacher to a 35 Year Contract Makes Me Nervous. (26 comments)

September – After Hiring Comes Firing. (16 comments)

October – Evidently, Delivering Undergarments to Your Daughter in Her 5th Grade Classroom is Frowned Upon. (9 comments)

November – The Secret to Being a Great Principal. (11 comments)

December – TV Show Idea: Road School. (7 comments… it’s early)

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Resolution for 2012. Give Away Some Money.


It’s time for my 2012 New Year’s Resolution.charity-donation.jpg

In past years, I’ve set my goals pretty high. Watch more TV. Learn to swim. Be less fat. Run a half-marathon.

I don’t want to brag, but check – check – working on it – and check.

But now on to bigger goals.

I’ve always thought my purpose in life was to give away large amounts of money to good causes (sadly, I don’t consider myself a good cause).

It seems like a very noble way to give back and make the world a slightly better place.

What a great gig.

Have a bushel barrel full of cash and sit around on my big behind and decide where the money could do the most good.

It sounds great.

In theory.

The problem is I don’t have a boatload of money (sorry you had to hear it here first).

Yet, I can’t shake the thought there must be more for me to do than slop down a third-rate blog with way too many readers (I’m not judging you people… simply questioning your good taste).

I’ve always resisted the urge to cash in on the blog’s nominal success.

I turn down most interview requests, guest posts, speaking opportunities, and most of all… advertising.

From the very beginning I assumed people didn’t want to visit a blog about education (and nothing) and see 17 ads from Viagra and Online Universities.

I still think that.

There is nothing worse than going to a website or blog and being overwhelmed with tasteless ads.

But I’m torn.

How can I give away money when I don’t have it?

So after over 560 posts (most of which need to be destroyed) and hundreds of thousands of visitors, I’ve decided to cash in.

Here’s my plan.

Step 1 – Start a charity (seems like a lot of paperwork, but I’m up for it).

Step 2- Get someone (any one…) to pay me for what I already do for free.

Step 3 – Take Buddy the Dog for a walk and decide where this money can best help kids, schools, or any good cause.

I’m convinced there’s no chance any of this will work.

Except, the walking Buddy part (he’s very insistent).

Wish me luck. Or call me crazy.

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