This month I am introducing a new addition to the Teaching Learning Leading K12 library:
Team Building Tips with Steve.
These episodes will be monthly and run between 5 and 10 minutes.
I will be talking about ways to get your team to be a team.
Each episode will feature a resource that you can use to help you focus on the growth and health of your team.
On today’s show I ask the question “Is your team a team?”
So is it?
Here is a list of the resources that I mention:
Also, Don’t forget to stop by my blog article called Principals: 5 Things to do Before Next School Year
Additionally, I did a few full podcast episodes about Team Building. Check out Episode 35: The Law of the Inner Circle and Team Building
I hope that you enjoy this new segment and will follow the links to the awesome resources that can help you become more team oriented.
Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder of The Educational Leadership Group. You may remember that I interviewed him way back at Episode 8 . He is the Georgia Principal of the Year for 2008 and the National Principal of the Year of 2009!
Today we are starting a new monthly segment called iPrincipal.
Check out his TED Talk
He is a teacher, coach, consultant, public speaker and now an author. His book will soon be available but you get a sneak peek into it by joining us for these monthly segments.
Each segment will start with an “ i ” (next month is Innovate). Mark will talk and share stories about the principalship. He will provide suggestions for the school building leader in addressing the many demands of the position.
This should be an awesome opportunity for professional learning!
You can also contact Mark at
Mark.email@example.com or call him at 706-474-2454
Hugh Kight is the principal of East Laurens Elementary School in Laurens County, Georgia.
Laurens is Hugh’s home. He grew up here, attended school, and eventually became a teacher and principal here.
Hugh is actually retired but “Un-retired” to be the principal of East Laurens.
Between his amazing energy and contagious smile he is someone who everyone should get to know. Just spend a few minutes with him and whatever troubles you will wilt away as you will see the silver linings, feel the sunshine, and want to smile…because you know that all will be good.
Mr. Kight is always looking for methods to recognize success. He connects with kids and, staff, and the community. He wants to find unique ways of saying … “Good Work! Keep it Up!”
Hence the Falcon Fun Zone!
A place where the teachers and staff can schedule to send kids who have demonstrated hard work, success, and achievement! A place where the kids earn time to play…(check out the pics of the many games and activities)! What an amazing idea!!!
Hugh also has his Coca-Cola Diner…It's not sponsored by the corporation…but it grew out of an idea for having a room to celebrate and connect with others. Hugh is known for his cooking skills…just ask anyone about the chicken dinners!
In this room he often feeds staff, students, families, and community members. The walls have the school’s test scores and other data to show their gains and successes. Feels like you are visiting family…
Hugh likes to visit garage sales and flea markets…this is what led to his decorations for the room…Check out some of the really cool Coke artifacts!!!
I challenge you to think about the ways that Hugh has created to celebrate, connect, and build relationships and develop your own. It will inspire your kids to do well. It will help your staff feel valued and it will help you connect with the parents and community.