140: 12 Things No One Told Me About Being a School Administrator

April 16, 2017

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Did you ever feel like saying, "No one ever told me about this?"

Come on you know what I'm talking about.

One day, while thinking about this issue or challenge you are facing, your mind says to you, "You know you asked to be an administrator."  

You suck in a whole bunch of air, put your hands in your pockets and then say to yourself, "Yea, but there are so many things that no one told me about...."

Today I am explaining my list of 12 Things No One Ever Told Me About Being an Administrator.

Do you have days like this? Do you have your list of things that you wish someone would have told you about? Hmmm? Maybe you just wish that there was a book that let you look through those ideas about dealing with.... (you fill in the blank.)

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Many of these experiences changed my way of doing things and created lessons for life and leadership.

So what's on your list?

Length: 24:31

 

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139: Expanding Your Network

April 9, 2017

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Did you listen to my last episode? What?

If you did not I hope that you will go back and check it out...follow this link 138. In that episode I spoke about the need to be a lifelong learner. Matter of fact, I had a list of 14 ways to follow this pledge- I am an educator. I am a lifelong learner. 

Today, I am focused on the 12th point on the list from episode 138 - Join Professional Organizations; Expand Your Network.

In this episode, I focus on what a network is, how it can help you, why you want to expand your network, and how to expand your network.

 

 

 

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Whether you are an administrator or classroom teacher you need to create a network and work on expanding it.

You need to seek out a professional organization that suits you and get involved.

You get out of them what you put in...remember that. If you don't get involved you really won't get the most out of these organizations.

Start today.

Expand that network...

Thanks for listening!

Here are Some Links to Help You Connect with Professional Educator Organizations-

Math

English

Social Studies

Science

Principals/Administrators 6-12 (National)

Principals/Administrators 6-12 (Georgia)

Principals/Administrators 6-8 (Georgia)

Principals/Administrators K-5 (National)

Principals/Administrators K-5 (Georgia)

Georgia Curriculum and Instruction

Georgia Association of Educational Leaders

Superintendents/ Other Administrators (National)

Superintendents/ Other Administrators (Georgia)

 

Length: 13:42

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138: Educator Means Lifelong Learning

April 3, 2017

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When we become educators we sign on to be lifelong learners. Whether you knew it or not it is a major aspect of what we do. We have to keep learning. By the way, notice that I said educators. That is because I'm not only talking about the classroom teacher, I am also talking administrators, media specialists, instructional coaches, support staff, everyone associated with helping kids achieve their dreams in schools. Yes, everyone must keep learning.

  

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Every child is different. Even though they may have similarities to other children in the past, they all have challenges, baggage, and exceptionalities that require us to keep learning for understanding how to better work with each individual child. No matter how skilled or talented, all kids require educators to keep learning how to be better at what we do. So today, I am asking you to take my pledge:

I am an educator. I am a life long learner.

Included in today's show are my 14 ways to keep that pledge.

Thanks for listening!

Time to learn something new.

Remember, I am an educator. I am a lifelonglearner.

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Length: 11:05

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137: Michael Miller-Tutoring, Test Prep, and Photography

March 26, 2017

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Today, I'm talking with Michael Miller of Michael Miller Solutions. He is an entrepreneur, tutor, and photographer.

Michael and I go way back. I was an assistant principal at his high school. By the way, he never was in trouble just in case you were thinking that ... nope, he was a focused student and swimmer.

Michael now is an academic tutor who helps kids understand math and standardized tests.

He almost was a college student forever and he wants to help kids not make the mistakes he made. 

You will hear about the number of years, number of universities and the missing of a point to where he was going. He has a mission and that is to help students not follow his path.

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Michael, also has started selling photographs. Wait till you see his amazing photos. He has quite an eye and knack for capturing nature and the outdoors. Go to his Esty page and his Instagram account to check out his pictures. 

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Michael says that he helps kids learn how to think not what to think. He focuses on thought processes not just getting answers.

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Michael also has written a book on leadership that is in the process of being edited. The book includes his thoughts about everything he wished he knew or advice that he should have followed. Look for that coming out soon.

Michael also reflects on what it is like being in charge of his own business.

Thanks for listening. 

 

Get in touch with Michael and find out more information:

Michael Miller Solutions

Neshamah Photography

Mike the Mathman (Instagram)

Michael Miller (YouTube)

MiketheMathman (Twitter)

 

Length- 27:21

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136: Visitors, Customers, and Guests, part 2

March 20, 2017

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This is part 2 of Visitors , Customers, and Guests.

Today, I am talking about our schools not other organizations.

Have you ever taken a close look at your school to observe how people are greeted and treated?

We have people who help people. We have people who greet people. We have people who talk with people. This means that there is the potential for a huge problem to be ignited by one little interaction or spark. 

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Does your staff think of visitors as problems to get rid of as quickly as possible or do they make people feel good about stepping through your front door or calling? Well, do you know? If not, you need to make time to figure this out. It is necessary to make sure that they know what you want them to say and do. Don't assume that it is understood.

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I hope that you will take my pledge and seek to make sure that your staff understands their role when they meet and greet guests. You will love that you did and your community will be thankful.

 

Length: 18:03

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