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Can you hear me now?

How many of you, and be honest, have received emails from job seekers about potential openings at your school and don't reply?



I'm new to the administrative world, am only an Assistant Principal, and I was rather taken aback at the amount of times I've gotten such emails.

Kudos to you, job seeker, future educator, for putting yourself out there and making yourself heard.  Kudos to you for not just applying on the district website, attaching your resume and hoping for the best.  I respect you.  Which is why I'm writing this post.

I remember when I first tested the waters of teacherdom 8 years ago.  My dad and I flew down to Savannah, Georgia on my last spring break as a college student.  I brought with me copies of my cover letter and resume and dutifully drove around the historic city, personally handing them out to principals at their respective schools.  I wasn't going to leave anything to chance.  I wanted to get out of the snow, and I wanted a job.


 I got ca…

Who to look up to.

I'm a habitual podcast listener.  I won't get into the details of all the podcasts that I listen to, but I have a group of podcasts in which I don't miss an episode.  I used to consider myself a reader, and I guess I still am, as proven by the books with pages marked by miscellaneous objects, strewn all over my house that I consider myself in the process of "reading".  Some of those books I've been reading for years.  Podcasts have largely replaced books in my life.  I almost cringe saying that.  They are just easier to digest and I've got a lot to digest at the moment.  I listen to podcasts when I'm doing yard work, house work, driving, and when I fall asleep at night.  I found myself in an unfortunate position a few weeks ago that sent me into a panic...it was time for bed and I didn't have any new podcasts episodes to listen to!  I know- woe is me.

Haha, I just did a google image search for "woe is me" expecting to find Cookie the Co…

Can I talk about this?

It's been a while since I've posted anything of meaning on this blog.  I was named Assistant Principal in my district in January of this year and as a matter of fact, it's been since then that I have said anything.  Not because of fear.  Not because I was so incredibly busy figuring out my new role that I didn't have time to blog, even though that would be a fair and pretty honest assessment.  As a matter of fact, I'm a man of analogies and the closest one I could come up with in my attempt to start my new role as an AP in the middle of the school year at a new school was like trying to start watching a trilogy in the middle of the second movie and trying to figure out what in the world is going on.  Anyways, since beginning as an AP 8 months ago it's been an amazingly exciting, flustering, rewarding and hardest 8 months of my life.

In January, the month I began my administrative career and more accurately, my last day as a 5th grade teacher my 2 year old daug…

Googling

I'm going to go out on a limb here and make BOLD statement.

Ready for it?

"Teaching students HOW to Google is one of the top 3 skills you should teach in a given school year."

The other 2, in my opinion- in case you are interested:
-  How to have a perfect conversation/work in groups/work with peers, etc.
-  How to use technology in a responsible way.
-  How to Google effectively.

From Google Search Education website:
"Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent thinkers."

This thought led me to this video.  Top 10 Google Search Tips and Tricks.


I wonder how you can teach a 3rd grader how to Google like a pro?  Or, perhaps they already do!