Last week I finished the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. If you have never heard of it, this book is about how we think. More specifically, it’s about how we think about thinking, how most decisions are made much quicker than we realize, and how our brain makes decisions without us truly recognizing that we have made […]Read more "Guest Post via @ClarksRoom: Blink"
I just finished a book that was given to me to read over the summer called Move Your Bus by Ron Clark that had many great points about organizational change…but something didn’t sit well with me. The main idea of the book is that any organization has 5 types of people trying to move the […]Read more "Guest Post via @Clarksroom: Move Your Bus"
We tend to over-complicate things. Maybe that statement is itself.an over-simplification, but I think it is true. In education we tend to make things way more complicated than they need to be, at least I think so. As I go throughout my day as a middle school administrator, it seems I have to make a […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: A Battle of Wits!"
I have been in a similar situation multiple times within the last three weeks in which I had to talk about my ideas/thoughts on PD for educators and I actually came up with something that sounded smart…I think. I know there are as many ways to describe effective PD as there are actual effective PDs, […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: PD Life Cycle"
I have written before about the power of PLNs and have even presented on how important they are in order for administrators to be successful. But I think there is a missing opportunity for administrators to grow their own PLNs in a manner that is extremely powerful. Building a PLN within your own district and […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Interviews and Growing Your PLN"
I am working on a session for Lead 3.0 on using social media and automation to tell the story of schools. It is interesting how much negativity and bad things are in the media spotlight when it comes to education. One would think that nothing of value is happening at all in schools. This is just not […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: You need to Reach your Stakeholders how they Access Information"
Over the weekend I finally saw Moana. My girls saw it in the theaters, and I have heard the soundtrack a million times now it seems but I had not seen the actual movie. Honestly, it was good but pretty typical Disney plot line. Nothing really amazing about it but nothing bad either. But there […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Do You Know Why You Do What You Do?"
Complete transparency here…I did not like playing Pac-Man as a kid. I just wasn’t a fan of it at all. I know I am supposed to think it is amazing as one of the founding video games, I just didn’t care for it much. But looking back on it, I think there are a couple […]Read more "Guest Post via @Clarksroom: Lessons from Pac-Man"
During this time of year, most people love getting presents. There are a few odd people that do not enjoy getting gifts, but that is another topic for another day. But people love getting gifts, a big part of it is the mystery of what is under the wrapping and the intent of the gift-giver. […]Read more "Guest Post via @clarksroom: Do we care about wrapping?"
I was asked an interesting question today [through an email]. Essentially it was, “what do I think is important for a school to be successful, and how does an administrator go about making whatever they feel is important actually happen?” Below is what came out of my brain. The essential component for any student’s success […]Read more "Guest post via @clarksroom: What do you believe will help?"