Today was a good day for me. I was fortunate to hear two great educators — Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker) and Eric Sheninger (@E_Sheninger) and while both of them had different points in their sessions, they both had a common focus, which should be our focus in everything we do in our schools. We need to focus all our efforts so the students can benefit in their learning. We (the adults) have to improve ourselves and what we do in order to create an environment at our schools to where the students can benefit, which means learning and being prepared for life — today and after high school.
Most of our schools are not like it is in the real world, and we must do whatever we can to change this. I’m talking about everything in our schools … from the actual school day and how it is divided up, to how we treat the other adults and how we treat the students, to how we use the everyday tools that we all now have, to how we learn, to everything. We need to open our eyes, out hearts, our minds, and begin to assess what we are doing NOW and evaluate that against where we need to be and decide what we need to do so that we can begin that move in the right direction.
I also attended a session today from Abi Adam (@aquatexas), Technology Specialist from Seminole ISD and Kevin McCasland, Principal of Seminole High School. This was something I was looking forward to since I first got the conference program and started mapping out my sessions. This title of this session was Taking Paperless Beyond the Classroom, Effective workflow practices through the use of Google applications. I know that there are a wealth of tools from Google that are FREE and that can help me be more efficient, and I want to learn more about them so we can be more effective at my school.
One specific topic within this session that I was particularly interested in was what time during the day they scheduled their mandatory tutorials and how they scheduled the students for this time. There are many different approaches and thoughts on this subject, and I am always looking at other schools and how they do it. To me, this is one area from my school that I will tweak so that we can be more efficient and maximize the time that we can help our students be more successful. This session goes together with one I attended yesterday with Lyndsae Benton, Principal from Crowley High School and Stefani Allen, Principal from North Crowley High School where they use what they call “Power Hour” to transform their campus culture and increase / improve their test scores and student achievement.
Today was a good day. So was yesterday. I, along with principals from all over the great state of Texas (and from other states too) are fortunate to be able to attend this conference to learn and grow. Thank you @TASSP1 for a great summer workshop.
Click HERE for the link to resources that Eric Sheninger shared today
Click HERE for resources that Angela Maiers shared yesterday. (This is a topic that I will come back to in another blog post)
I want to leave you with these words … this picture says it all !!!