#leadlap Archive

Our chat will focus on the idea that we can lead and make positive change from any position in our school systems. Leadership is not about a title, it is a way of thinking and acting.

Saturday September 15, 2018
10:30 AM EDT

  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:30 AM EDT
    Welcome to #LeadLAP everyone!!! SO super pumped to be guest moderating this morning!!!!
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 10:30 AM EDT
    Excited to participate, learn, and grow with the #LeadLap Twitter Chat. #leadbyexample
  • bmaurao Sep 15 @ 10:30 AM EDT
    Joining #leadlap just after finishing a blog post about #growthmindset https://t.co/9pm5DdPf5c NOW I'm ready to chat! Brenda from Massachusetts here!
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:31 AM EDT
    Welcome everyone to #LeadLAP Super excited to have @TechNinjaTodd host today!! I'm Beth, co-author of #LeadLAP and proud principal of #FMSTeach
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:31 AM EDT
    Let's start with sharing who you are, where you're from, and what your favorite holiday is :-) #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:31 AM EDT
    We are thrilled to have you here, Todd. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:31 AM EDT
    Good Morning! Kristina, AP at Preschool - Gr 5 school in chilly Alberta, Canada this morning! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:31 AM EDT
    Hello #LeadLAP Ryan from IL, business and Technology teacher and my favorite holiday has always been Christmas.
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:31 AM EDT
    I'm Todd Nesloney! Elementary Principal in Texas and author of a few books! My favorite holiday is definitely #ThanksGiving! I love to eat! hahah #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Good morning, #LeadLAP, Mark here, elementary principal in Hopkins, MN.
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Welcome, Tron!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @tron2teach4u
  • KaliSlusser Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    I am from Northern California. I love all the holidays as it means time with family. #leadlap
  • LorynWindwehen Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Loryn, MS AP in Texas. Favorite Holiday is Christmas. #leadlap
  • SOHareBarrows Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Sheila from NJ. Favorite holiday is #Halloween! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Good morning, Ryan! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Ryan7Read
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    hello #LeadLAP, paul from cuyahoga falls OH.... Christmas isnt just a time of year, it is a frame of mind (though I am not sure i agree with Hallmark starting the movies b4 Halloween
  • MajaliseTolan Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Majalise from Oregon. My favorite holiday is Christmas! #LeadLAP
  • nbartley6 Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Sorry can't make it to #leadlap again! Playing in annual wiffle ball tourney fundraiser in Stoughton, MA to honor our friend. Lots of amazing educators here. @JamieHulbig @eileen_sprague
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Hey Mark. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalFrench
  • heathercalvert Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Good morning #LeadLAP! Heather, elementary principal from KS. My favorite holiday is Christmas!
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Morning Beth, hope all is well this morning. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Hi Pirates! Bobbie- Captain of a small school in MA! #LeadLAP and my favorite holiday is Pi Day!
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Good morning, Sheila! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @SOHareBarrows
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Tron Young, Principal at #JAMSrocks in Illinois. My favorite holiday is #Christmas. #LeadLap #tellyourstory
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Hey #LeadLAP! I’m Jon from California and I love Thanksgiving. All the best parts of Christmas, far less wanton consumerism.
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:32 AM EDT
    Good morning #LeadLAP I'm Jay an elementary principal from NJ and my favorite holiday is Ground Hogs day. I love those little rascals . #LeadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Good morning! Ambre Lee-SoCal-I'm a high school SPED English teacher and content leader--My fave holiday is all of them because it's a time to connect with family and friends-#leadlap
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Tyler, Santa Barbara, favorite holiday? Passover. Freedom from slavery is a great thing to celebrate! #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Good morning, Kristina! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz, @TechNinjaTodd
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    My favorite holiday is the 4th of July. #LeadLAP #LeadLAP
  • MrSiverioITRT Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Michale Siverio - Instructional Technology Coach in Norfolk - love Christmas!!! #LeadLAP
  • teacherstenger Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    I am Merissa from TX and my favorite holiday is Halloween! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Good morning! I'm Nick, Middle School Counselor from Kansas! My favorite holiday is #christmas! #leadlap
  • rosalynjrobles Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Here for my first chat! Excited to collaborate and share ideas with fellow educators! Rosalyn Robles from California, favorite holiday is Halloween! #LeadLAP
  • principledlady Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Good morning #leadlap Leila here from Escondido
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Excited to be here Colin principal in Jersey City, Nj #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    And you've always got to have that friend!! You crack me up Jay!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @JayBilly2
  • SternerSue Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Good morning! Sue, Elementary Principal from WI. Easter is my favorite holiday! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Welcome, Colin! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Mrcolinhogan
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Love the Candy Shack groundhog #LeadLAP
    In reply to @JayBilly2
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Leslie Luck Hanover County VA who loves Christmas! #leadlap
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Renee Costarella, Instructional Coach, Arcadia Unified. Favorite holiday,Thanksgiving! #LeadLAP
  • diane_mackinnon Sep 15 @ 10:33 AM EDT
    Hi, #LeadLAP! Diane Elem Principal from CT. Heading to #ehpsstartwithwhy Back to School Picnic. Fav holiday is Thanksgiving. No material gifts required. Just family, friends, and feelings of gratitude. Happy to be here today!
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Welcome aboard, Rosalyn! So glad you could join us! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @rosalynjrobles
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Hey #LeadLAP crew! Greg from Northern California where I love being an elementary school principal and I love Thanksgiving! Food, family...ok, I love food!
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Good morning! My name is Mariah. I’m a middle school principal from Pennsylvania...My favorite holiday...Probably Thanksgiving or Christmas—both so special! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because orange food rocks #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Good morning. I'm HS math from St.Chas MO. Inquiry & STEM. Head still swimming from #leadup #leadlap
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Doug Dunn...K-8 superintendent & principal from Missouri. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Welcome, Mariah!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrsRackleyCCMS
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    And you know it's the from the favorite movie #CaddyShack #LeadLAP
  • The_Groffice Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Hey everyone! I’m Melissa, Principal from Pensacola FL. Favorite holiday is Christmas! #leadlap
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Kris from So CA, Dir of Ed Tech holidays are all my favorite, but recently celebrating Tuesday’s has become a thing! #justBecause #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Howdy y’all! I am Michele from Texas. Does the start of @NCAAFootball season count as a holiday? #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Welcome, Renee!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @ReneeCostarella
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Q1 coming up in a few seconds! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • JeremyDBond Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Checking into #LeadLAP from Connecticut. Favorite holiday is probably Thanksgiving.
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Morning! And my favourite holiday is Thanksgiving! I love fall...although I think we skipped from Summer to Winter this week! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf, @TechNinjaTodd
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Howdy #leadlap from Barbara, character coach and author of What's Under Your Cape? in Friendswood, TX. My favorite holiday has to be Christmas. What a lovely way to end every year, by being kind, caring and grateful.
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 10:34 AM EDT
    Jill, Instructional Coach from MA excited to join in #leadlap today. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving-no gifts or rituals, just good food and family. 😊
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Hey, #LeadLAP crew! I'm checking in from Tokyo!
  • JAMillner Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Good morning, Jeff MS Principal from Va. Favorite holiday is Christmas.#LeadLAP
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Great morning all! Bennie, Middle School AP, High Point, NC #LeadLAP
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Good morning! Wendy here, elementary principal in KS. I love Thanksgiving! #LeadLAP
  • bmilla84 Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Brandi- 1st Grade Teacher in Florida!! My favorite holiday is Christmas!! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Great to see you again, Doug!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @DougDunnEdS
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Emily, elementary principal in Kansas City area. Favorite holiday- thanksgiving! Fall is my favorite season, and I love all the family connecting! #LeadLAP
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Good Morning from California! I'm Genvieve, Principal. My favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. #leadlap
  • burgess_shelley - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    I would love to stay and chat with all of you today, but mom duty is calling me today. You are in great hands with @TechNinjaTodd this morning! Thanks everyone for joining the #LeadLAP conversation.
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    If not, then Christmas is my number one! #LeadLap
  • ZealousEducator Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Hello, Anna, from DFW. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Good morning, friend! So many positive responses from our chat and podcast!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BarbaraGruener
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Have a great day Shelly #LeadLAP
    In reply to @burgess_shelley, @TechNinjaTodd
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
    Good morning! New to #LeadLAP. Elementary Assistant Principal in Illinois. Fav holiday is New Year's!
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Brandi, let's find time this week! #LeadLAP
    • bmilla84 Sep 15 @ 10:35 AM EDT
      Brandi- 1st Grade Teacher in Florida!! My favorite holiday is Christmas!! #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Q1: In #StoriesFromWebb Chapter 1 is "First Year". What was the biggest lesson you learned your first year teaching/in administration? What about last year? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Good morning #LeadLAP. Vicki, VP from BC. Fave holiday...hmm...I would say Christmas
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Good morning, Pirate Leaders! Anna, PLC Lead and newbie Curriculum Specialist from San Diego here! My favorite holiday is something my family started three years ago. Thanksmas is Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. #LeadLAP
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Good morning everyone, Kelly chiming in this morning! 8th grade science, College Station, TX! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    CHAT TIP 1: Tweetdeck is your friend! I open two columns with #LeadLAP, let one fly and interact in the other. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalDodge1 Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    #msaachat #leadlap #PrincipalsInAction #kidsdeserveit
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Morning #leadlap high school teacher librarian empowering from Cali. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Good morning, #LeadLAP!! I'm Dave from San Diego...but it's "Five Guys" weekend in Big Bear Lake, CA so in the mountains today hanging with some buddies. My fav holiday: Halloween. Only day I look just a little normal. One day a year! #tlap #ThatsEnough
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Q1 is UP! #LeadLAP
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Hi @TechNinjaTodd. Paula here from New Orleans. My favorite holiday is Christmas. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd, @TechNinjaTodd
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    A1: I think my biggest lesson was ASK FOR HELP!! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    Good morning, Katie!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @KatieJMcNamara
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:36 AM EDT
    A1: You are going to make mistakes and there are going to be days where nothing wants to go write. No matter how much you plan or prepare. You have to take those days in and learn from them. #LeadLAP
  • StephCoronado00 Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Good morning this is Stephanie from Humble Texas my fav holiday is 🎅🏼#LeadLAP
  • CraigJuelis Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Good morning #LeadLAP! Checking in from Massachusetts
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Hey friends! Triple header for me! #EduGladiators, #leadupchat, and now #leadlap with the awesome @TechNinjaTodd! Bethany from Arkansas.
  • duanabrashear Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Duana Brashear, Principal @PeachCreekElem #LeadLAP
  • jdsicking Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Debra, Instructional Coach/Technologist, from Texas who loves Thanksgiving ... and Christmas 🎄 for it’s decorations. 😉#LeadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    A1-The lesson I keep learning over and over again, first year & every year: be yourself--it's enough, & that is the only way to connect w/Ss and colleagues-#leadlap
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    First year teaching and admin were exactly the same, take a breath, take it all in, mistakes will happen, and we can learn and grow from them. Forgive others and more importantly forgive yourself. #LeadLAP
  • lala_andrews1 Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Hey @TechNinjaTodd! Laura here! Admin in northern CA. TK-6th campus (adding a middle school next year 😳) #LeadLAP
  • JoanJtracy Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    Hello #LeadLAP. Joan from California. My favorite holiday is the day after Thanksgiving.
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    A1- My biggest lesson was not being able to help ALL students but remembering that I"m doing my best to reach them all- Same last year and that there are not enough hours in the day! #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:37 AM EDT
    A1: Biggest lesson in admin and coaching: Not everyone is as passionate as you, thinks like you, or has the same work ethic as you. It's ok, we find ways to work with and inspire these people. We find good in their thinking and work. #LeadLAP
  • LorynWindwehen Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: 1st year teaching - be transparent with kids. Apologize. Admit when you don’t know. 1st year admin - any implemented change will come with resistance. Choose your battles. #leadlap
  • dbc_inc Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    Thanks, Tara. We are grateful you love the Pirate Map tab. It is a fun adventure, no doubt. #Tlap #leadlap #Realedu @TaraMartinEDU
    In reply to @tarafarah7, @burgessdave, @TaraMartinEDU
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A1 you dont fit just anywhere.... you can try for years, but you still might not fit
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: First year of admin - ask questions & for help. It's okay, so many people there to help you out! Last year - the "TEAM" will get you through anything! Its always about relationships #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: that when I offered my opinion it was taken as the answer. I had to train the culture to accept my opinion as one on an equal level with my staff #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • bmaurao Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: WOW- there are tons of us here today!! YEAH! Biggest lesson was to take one day at a time and connect/listen/observe/reflect... #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A big welcome to all of our crew this morning!! So great to see you all! #LeadLAP
  • inpursuitofed Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    Good Morning! Niki Cassaro, MS AP from Seattle, here. My favorite holiday is any holiday I get to spend with my family and friends; Christmas is definitely high the list. #leadlap
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    Good morning y’all. I’m Elyse and I live in the DFW area in Texas. I’m a social Emotional teacher and behavior supporter currently at the elementary level. Excited to chat. #tellyourstory #LeadLAP
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: My biggest lesson my first year was “ask for help!” Last year, I learned to not let “naysayers” affect my passion and drive. #LeadLAP
  • MajaliseTolan Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    The biggest lesson I learned was that every parent is sending us their best child. They aren’t keeping the “better” one at home. Our job is to love their best child hard. #LeadLAP
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: STAY CALM , at least on the outside...Laugh #LeadLAP .
  • diane_mackinnon Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: Biggest lesson from first year was it’s not about me. Don’t take things personally as everyone has a story and that story leads to actions. Last yr - honest feedback before evaluative feedback #LeadLAP
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: My biggest lesson: be intentional about relationship building. It’s foundational. #LeadLAP
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1 my first lesson was to invole the kiddos. Let them have a voice in what and how they learn. Made everything easier. #leadlap
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1. I originally began my teaching/counseling career with a passion for elementary! Last year was my first year in MS, and it was definitely out of my comfort zone. The biggest lesson I learned was to stick with the uncomfortable. It has great rewards and lessons. #leadlap
  • mitchcenter Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    Mitch in NJ here.. my favorite holiday is Passover because every year we tell the story of freedom and liberation #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1-That success is never final and failure is never fatal. #LeadLAP
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1 I think understanding that schools are complex systems and that the relationships in that system can greatly impact our overall effectiveness...still focused on that lesson and trying to embrace the slow pace of change while also continuing to push it along. #leadlap
  • The_Groffice Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: Don’t believe other people’s perceptions of people, processes, procedures. Take the time to form your own opinions! #leadlap
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1: Another lesson I learned was that LOVE and COMPASSION are important and must haves....BUT, this may come off harsher than I mean, but just having those will not help students be successful in school. You must have great instruction too!! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 10:38 AM EDT
    A1) My first year of teaching was 36 years ago. I learned I didn't need to be a mean, "Don't smile until winter break" teacher. #LeadLAP
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1: First year and I am learning to build those relationships and realizing any change will be slow and steady. Learning to find a good life balance is tough right now. #leadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1.2: last year? I learned the assumption that those I was following believed as I did may not always be salient. #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    My favorite holiday is Christmas. #LeadLAP
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1 Biggest lesson from year 1 as AP was you never know what you will see and do! A kid is handcuffs... how do you handle that? Last year? Be prepared for changes. #leadlap
  • CraigJuelis Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1 Time is a very precious resource and there is never enough of it. The other lesson is being comfortable in your ability & knowledge to move from T to facilitator. #LeadLAP
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    Good morning! My name is Kevin. I am a principal at a PK-8 district in Salem Missouri. My favorite holiday would be St Pats! First time getting into Twitter and I’m excited to be taking part in #leadlap this morning.
  • hatcherelli Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1 Most important learning as an admin...there are very few emergencies in schools. There is time to reflect, discuss, and make sure that you are doing what is right. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    First yr: Stay under the radar & listen to the majority w/seniority. Last yr: That kind of advice isn't just designed to perpetuate mediocrity, it's downright toxic. #leadlap
  • lala_andrews1 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1: From teaching- not to take everything personally. We all just want what’s best for the kids. From Admin- be calm on the exterior even if that’s not what’s going on in the interior. Your team needs you to be the voice of reason & support at all times #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    What! @TechNinjaTodd on #LeadLAP ? I'm matt from Houston swinging in late.
  • JoanJtracy Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1. Biggest lesson first year. I liked it! Biggest lesson last year- I have a lot to learn. #LeadLAP
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    I was so fortunate in 1st yr to have veteran Ts who treated me like both an equal (worthy of listening to) but also a novice (asking me Qs that led me to think deeply about my craft). I've tried to model that respect for new Ts now that I'm 20 yrs down the path! #leadlap
  • GEagen1 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1 #LeadLAP the first year I realized that you cant do it alone. Last year I realized the importance of each role in the school. From the custodians to the principal, every role has its value and should be considered for a successful school culture.
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    Yes! I have been told, "That is not your job!" and I silently reflect with the thought that they are correct. Most things I do because they are my passion, not my job. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @JayBilly2
  • SOHareBarrows Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1. I learned that I would often fail the first year. Last year, I learned that if I didn't fail, I wasn't being creative enough! #LeadLAP
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    I learned that teaching can be very isolating. You have to reach out and make connections with other teachers. This year I am making an attempt to reach out and not be a one man show.#LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • kruevans Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    George from Japan! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    WOOHOO!! Kevin is here! So glad you could make it! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @KCreighton9
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1: The biggest lesson I learned was that balance and self-care are essential. https://t.co/gmNg1qtP3O #LeadLAP
  • alisonmakela Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    Alison in Berkeley, CA. Principal, K-6. Fav holiday is Thanksgiving #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • latoyadixon5 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    Good morning from upstate SC, where it’s rainy and windy, I have coffee and lots of snacks, and still have power and am hoping it stays on so I can watch football today! Hey y’all! #LeadLap
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:39 AM EDT
    A1: I learned that behavior management isn’t a one sizer, and that a behavior chart posted in the classroom was ineffective. I learned that discipline is just like content...we model, let kids practice, reteach, remind, informally assess, and maintain confidentiality. #leadlap
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1-That in our business, we are on a journey. It is not a one-and-done. Our journey is about growing and becoming better through good and bad times. #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    YES! Japan representing this morning! Welcome, George! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @kruevans
  • MrSiverioITRT Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    Q1: 1st year teaching I learned to have a support system - it will get you through the tough days. Last year I learned relationships with your students can make all the difference #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: My biggest lesson I share with every new admin and teacher. “Use your resources!” There is so much help, next door, down the hall...don’t try to do it all on your own. We are a team! #LeadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: In my first year, I learned that I had a LOT to learn. That was 35 years ago! As I grow, I pretty much think those kiddos kind of got ripped off, not because I didn't give them my best, but based on my best today. Wouldn't it be amazing to get another chance w them? #leadlap
  • adamdovico Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    Sorry, joining late. Adam from rainy, stormy NC! A1: I learned in my first year as principal you can’t do everything yourself! You need a team to make a change! #leadlap
  • bmilla84 Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: The biggest lesson I learned was that I can’t expect to be perfect!!! I’ve learned so much from the struggles & failures. #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: In the first year I learned that no matter how good you are, finding a job is rough. Last year I learned how to support others, even when I am suffering. #LeadLAP
  • timlriley Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    Good morning everyone. Joining late #leadlap
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1 My biggest lesson I’ve learned is to be confident and willing to ask for help as needed. You are more than JUST & you have to be confident in your words and actions. #tellyourstory #LeadLAP
  • mitchcenter Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1) The biggest lesson I learned teaching was that a good lesson is your best behavior management technique. Biggest lesson as an admin is that happy / great teachers = school success. #LeadLAP
  • heathercalvert Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: the biggest lesson I learned in admin my first year is how important it was to just listen. No comments, no solution finding - just listening. #LeadLAP
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    Alessandra, currently living and teaching in San Ramon, Ca, and my favorite holiday is Halloween! #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    Biggest lessons for both teaching and leadership - Relationships First! You can't do anything sustaining with out building strong relationships. Last year was a good year, good results, good relationships, good culture - but for me, it was missing that WOW factor, so #leadlap !
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: You can’t be everything for every person. But, you can be what your building and kids need. #leadlap
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: 1st yr. I had no room, no materials, no phone, no computers in school back then. Get creative & make it work as best you can. Last yr: There's always more to the story. #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    CHAT TIP 2: Where do I find the questions? These will come today from our guest host @TechNinjaTodd and I'll retweet them. #LeadLAP
  • meredithakers Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    Meredith Akers, Principal @rennellredhawks in Texas jumping in late! I love Christmas!!! #LeadLAP
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: My first year was 42 years ago and I learned to slow down. I was trying to cover curriculum instead of meeting my students needs. Last year I continues to learn how important building relationships with students is! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory #KidsDeserveIt
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • SternerSue Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: First year - ask for help, you can't do it all. Last year - Be true to your self as an individual and leader! Take care of yourself and your people! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • kruevans Sep 15 @ 10:40 AM EDT
    A1: Less is more, depth > breadth, focus! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP someone advised me to keep quiet my first year, i didnt (& wont) and was let go... that is okay. I believe "hire them to form a new line"
    In reply to @LaneWalker2
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: My first year as an admin, I learned that it is impossible to make everyone happy, and striving for that is toxic for all involved. #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    This is so important...and a hard one for me! Working on it though!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @heathercalvert
  • duanabrashear Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1 Biggest takeaway is the impact I make by empowering other people, showing value in shared leadership, and the power of YES! #LeadLAP
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: First year of teaching I learned to adapt quickly..taught ELL,LSS,computers and Ab. Ed. Last year I learned I was ready to run a school #LeadLAP
  • inpursuitofed Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: The biggest lesson I learned during my first year as an administrator is that I didn't need to rush to make decisions (in most cases). Time allows for thought and discussion with or info-seeking from a variety of people, all of which aid in good decision-making. #leadlap
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: As a first year instructional coach years ago, My best lesson was, just LISTEN. To mentors, to admin, to teachers. Resist the urge to help. And just be a listener. #leadlap
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1. 1st year in admin, ask questions, be a listener, but don’t be afraid to make a decision. And then be humble enough to admit you won’t always make the right call. #LeadLAP
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    Good morning, a bit late here, Justin Owens Teacher Leader #leadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: I learned that I need to take the work seriously, but never myself! #LeadLAP
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: My lesson from last year is that not everyone sees schooling young people as I do. Not everyone shares my passion for supporting students in multiple ways beyond just academics. I also learned that I had to find my tribe in order to keep myself moving ahead #LeadLAP
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: 1st year teaching, I learned to make it about the kids. 1st year as an admin, I learned to help the adults so they could help the kids. Last year, I learned that all of this is easier when you do it together with people who will encourage and support you. #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: Biggest lesson in admin -- 1) First year: Listen first, always. 2) Last year: Work/Life balance. #leadlap #TellYouStory
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    Oh such an important lesson, for school and for life! It's really hard to receive when you're a caregiver, used to giving, taught that it's better to give than to receive, even. As I grow, I'm working w/intention to do a better job of receiving. #leadlap
    In reply to @EdtechBUSD
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    😊☠️👊🏼💥 #tlap #leadlap @burgessdave @burgess_shelley
    In reply to @tarafarah7, @burgessdave, @dbc_inc, @burgessdave, @burgess_shelley
  • principledlady Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: First year lesson... It’s what you don’t know not what you do know that matters. This year... wisdom is knowing when to let go and when to push back #leadlap
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    Slowing down is such an important lesson to learn! I am still attempting that! Any advice would be highly appreciated. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @plnaugle, @TechNinjaTodd
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    Welcome, Justin! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrOwens_Math
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: My admin first year felt like...I was watching tennis. Everything moved so much faster than my internship. #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    Right? It blew me away when I was hearing ideas outside of meetings. When I asked why they didn’t share it in the meeting they said “I thought you already had your mind made up!” Mind. Blown. #leadLAP
    In reply to @jdprickett, @TechNinjaTodd
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 10:41 AM EDT
    A1: I think those two lessons are vastly different for me! Year 1: Learning the landscape of being an administrator. Years 2-10: Learning how to #MakeADifference, lead change, and #TellOurStory to impact students, staff, and facilitate their success! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • rosalynjrobles Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    Learn to forgive yourself and do better. I made a lot of mistakes my first year of teaching, and I learned that I need to own it, forgive myself, and most importantly, reflect on those mistakes and do better. #LeadLAP
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    A1 My first year, that being absent on maternity leave is upsetting to those students that have great needs. (Pic circa 1984, days before delivery) Last school year...”Go for it!” even if nervous, kids love excitement, crazy lessons and hearing how much you love them! #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    Q2: Chapter 6 in #StoriesFromWebb is "Secret Society of Readers and Book Prom". How are YOU helping build a love of reading and writing campus wide?? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • kruevans Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    Twitter PLN is our idea of a crazy Saturday night! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    That's so true. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @3_DLeadership, @TechNinjaTodd
  • MrsNealy23 Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    Joining late. Monifa, high school English teacher from from South Florida. #LeadLAP
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    A1: seek first to understand, then to be understood. With teachers, parents, and students, spend time to stop and listen. Everyone has their side of the story that deserves to be heard, and listening makes them feel valued. #leadlap
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    A1-I learned that I would have done better if I was in @Twitter sooner. Of course, I taught in the Stone Age. #LeadLAP
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    A1: After my 1st year as principal, I realized I needed a long term goal/direction for my school. The feeling of defeat & just putting out fires overwhelmed me bcz I was use to short victories in class. As principal I need to align our school of a vision/goal. #LeadLAP
  • JAMillner Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    A1) I learned to be patient as you work with your vision. It will fall into place as you keep kids first. I learned you will continue to tweak and receive feedback to enhance your vision.#LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    CHAT TIP 3: What's all this A1 Q1 code? The host will throw out the questions Q1, Q2, etc. You then answer beginning with A1, A2, etc. Don't forget to add #LeadLAP at the end!
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    I think Thanksgiving is leading favorite holiday evenryone and that is awesome #LeadLAP
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 10:42 AM EDT
    A:1 I learned it’s ok to be just exactly how I am in front of my Ss , warts and all #leadLAP
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    It is so difficult to let someone know I don't have it all together, but the truth is, most times, I don't! I need to rely on my mentors and colleagues for their perspectives. When we all support each other, everyone wins. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @SpEdTeachLove
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A2: We put books EVERYWHERE! In Little Free Libraries around town, in every class, in the hallways. And we use our budget to buy books for every kid #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • meredithakers Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A1: The biggest lesson I learned my first year teaching was that no matter how late I stayed (and I stayed late every night) there was always more work to be done. I am Re-learning this lesson as a first year principal. Must set myself priorities and boundaries. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    I would say I often failed the first year but have more opportunities to fail better now. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @SOHareBarrows
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    Q2 is ready to roll!! #LeadLAP
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    Jumping in a little late! Ann Marie from CT Tech Coord 6-12 private school. So happy to have a chance to join in! #LeadLAP
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    I would rather lose a job for who I am and standing up for kids (which I have) than to mindlessly allow things to happen. #leadlap
    In reply to @shirky17, @LaneWalker2
  • JoveStickel Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    Hey everybody Jove MS Principal from MO checking on a busy morning #LeadLAP
  • latoyadixon5 Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A1. I made so many mistakes it’s hard to name just one lesson. One thing I learned is that there’s power in admitting your mistakes, saying sorry, and trying again when you fail. #LeadLap
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A2: Started my new #sparksInTheDark mason Jars. Snipe from books I love my Ss incorporate into their projects. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A2-Make sure to talk to the kids about what they are reading. Every time you see them reading, talk to them about it. #LeadLAP
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    Great 3.5 mile run this morning! Feeling good #fitleaders #runlap #leadlap
  • heathercalvert Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A2: We now have monthly book club talks during our morning staff meetings (PD). No requirements or set reading schedule, just come and talk about what you’ve had time to read. #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A1 First year as an Instructional Coach, I learned that I need to listen, help, serve, and lead - in that order. I’m still a work in progress. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A2: I am constantly talking books, advertising books, reading books to kids. To build a love of reading WE HAVE TO BE READING. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
    A2- Classroom Read a louds, March Madness, Books & Beyond (alien themed this year!!), #BirthdayBooks T's share what they are reading! Promote Literacy!!! #leadlap
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    Ricardo from WA hopping in late, but excited to learn from @TechNinjaTodd #LeadLAP
  • khoggardGRT Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    Hey #LeadLAP Kelly from VirginiaBeach, Gifted Resource T and founder of #champforkids
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    1st year as a teacher - you can’t do EVERYTHJNG! Last year - don’t take things personally (I relearn this every year) #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • kruevans Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A2: By fighting for and carving out time in class for our secondary students to read. I can't think of anything more important than to give them time! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A curriculum map doesn’t take into account where your students are when you get them. Assess where they are and build from there. Later in the year you’ll be able to go faster if you have helped them build a strong foundation. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @ASMILEwithAnna, @TechNinjaTodd
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A2 A bit more difficult in science, but sharing my love with pics on our door! It’s hard to see, but a school initiative we started last year! #LeadLAP
  • msjosephsci Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A1: first year-keep ur head above water. Don’t drown. Meet kids where they need to b met. Love everyone of them as they r ur own. Last year-same as 1st year, lol. know who you are by reaching a level of self-awareness & speak & live & BE in ur truth so Ss can follow. #LeadLAP
  • GEagen1 Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A2 #leadLAP I love love reading. I am always chatting up books, tweeting about them, and currently I'm sharing a book of the week with teachers to expose them to culturally diverse books.
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A2 have a bookshelf of books (some are content related) ; casual chat about current books out there ; ask about books you see them holding
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    Sorry to jump in late...sons baseball game is my excuse. Brett Playter, principal in Independence, MO. Favorite holiday is Christmas. #LeadLAP
  • jdsicking Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A1: My first year as a teacher; find other good teachers who are willing to help guide you. First year in admin position; make friends with custodians and maintenance Last year; you can’t fix all issues, but you can make a difference with one ☝️ . #LeadLAP
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A1 1980's were all about survival in the world: building immunity & keeping kids safe (even checking kids' wadded-up aluminum foil for important medications!) 2018 - It's abt changing the world! Kid-dreamed, lrng galore, making a real difference. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • MrSiverioITRT Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A2- Read what I love - out loud, to myself, to a class, to colleagues - read, read, read! #LeadLap #tellyourstory
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A2: Model it! I picked up this book to read and put it down on a desk. A Gr 1 student came over to check it out! #LeadLAP
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    Q2: Books are everywhere including in my office. Go into classrooms and read with the students. Talk about their favorite books and characters. #leadLAP
  • JoveStickel Sep 15 @ 10:44 AM EDT
    A1 that it’s ok to ask for help you can’t do it all yourself #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    Thanks, I have a @DonorsChoose in the back of my head that would get us a in classroom library after I saw they have a indoor set one now on @amazon but that will be after my other projects are over. Plus, I'm building a #readermakerspace #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd, @DonorsChoose, @amazon
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: Give independent reading time to students EVERY DAY. And make sure you're moving around talking to them during that time about what they're reading and guiding them to new books if necessary. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: Love the #SecretSocietyofREaders and I've built the 30 minutes independent reading time into each teacher's schedule. Free, choice reading. This gives no excuses. We learn to read by reading books we like #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    Lol! Hilarious. 🤣☠️ #leadlap
    In reply to @JayBilly2
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    Yes! Setting boundaries made such a difference for me! You can't fully go after your why if you don't take time to recharge and reflect. #leadLAP
    In reply to @meredithakers
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    In @BrenhamISD we preach that readers are leaders. The more you read the better you lead. #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2 I’m working hard to get our campus to ditch AR and levels, let kids read what they want and give them as much time to do so. #LeadLAP
  • jdprickett Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A1: biggest lesson I learned at some point in between my 16 years in admin: “tough on the issue, easy on the person.” #LeadLAP
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP #FailBetter
    • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
      I would say I often failed the first year but have more opportunities to fail better now. #LeadLAP
      In reply to @SOHareBarrows
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: Offering students the opportunity to read comics as inspiration for the creation of their own comics that revolve around math , Also recommendations about books Ss might like . #leadLAP
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A1: 1st year - I am not alone - ask for help. Last: We need everyone in the school to be in it together or the students suffer. Conflicts and communication issues can't stay hidden. #LeadLAP
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: I have my collection of books at the @ArcadiaUnified Coaches Den. I share with my fellow coaches and admin. I encourage them to write in the book, and even comment next to my notes. I am trying to blog. Still a beginner and share... #LeadLAP
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    Good morning! Miguel from Texas. Proud school principal of an “A” rated campus. #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A1b: First yr & last yr: Sometimes the worst situations w/most challenges can also bring about the biggest blessings. #leadlap
  • adamdovico Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: we’ve eliminated traditional homework at my school, so we put a heavy focus on reading for pleasure and learning at home (reading is a life skill, not homework) #leadlap
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: I don’t think people love reading for reading’s sake or just because. They learn to like reading by reading interesting things and then learn to love reading when they see the lessons they read play out in the world. That’s what I try to do; blow their minds. #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    Funny story...The first lesson was brought to me by the mom (and teacher at my campus) of one of my childhood friends. And she was direct with me! #leadlap #TellYouStory
    In reply to @jdprickett
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: by building in that as a culture. It starts with sharing short articles, especially around what I’m learning. I encouraged other admins to build reading time into their schedule. They really appreciated the idea that part of their job responsibility is reading. #leadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A1b: Last year, I learned that your school family deserves your very best, every day, with every interaction. When you wear down and can no longer give your very best, it's time to switch directions and invite someone else carry the torch and shine the light. #leadlap
  • khoggardGRT Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A1 I learned how much teachers need each other! You think that you will be in your own little space doing your thing, but connections, collaboration, and leaning upon one another is imperative! #LeadLAP #BetterTogether #champforkids
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: Model, model, moedel! This is my office and lending library for the Ss and Ts! #LeadLAP
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    Jumping into #LeadLAP a bit late as I was on a 3.5 mile run to #BalanceLAP PK-6 Principal from MA Good morning!
  • diane_mackinnon Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
    A2: Oooh!! Oooh!! This is our big focus this year. Monthly team competitions for most books read, most minutes. Reading in bus lines, while waiting for nurse, bathroom. Bins in halls. Quiet corners w/books. Every class reads every day!! #leadlap #TeamMomauguin
  • Joshua__Stamper Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    {New} Ep.18 of #AspireLead w/ @Jennifer_Hogan as we discuss the struggles of admin, the benefits of Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) & how mentorship is key for leadership development. #LeadLAP Soundcloud: https://t.co/WAEzdRVm7g ITunes: https://t.co/E6uL97XGK5
  • meredithakers Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2: to build a love of reading, I kicked off the school year with a principal read aloud and am spending the next few weeks making sure I read to every class in the building! #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    Love this philosophy. We're working on it #LEadLAP
    • adamdovico Sep 15 @ 10:45 AM EDT
      A2: we’ve eliminated traditional homework at my school, so we put a heavy focus on reading for pleasure and learning at home (reading is a life skill, not homework) #leadlap
  • bmaurao Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2: Participating in events like #internationaldotday and #gra18 at the beginning of the year helps build this culture and then getting as many people reading to and w/ kids as possible- see this smore: https://t.co/RCfk7bYQ7L #leadlap
  • duanabrashear Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2-We have a huge focus on literacy and fostering a true love of reading @PeachCreekElem this year! We celebrated #DotDay2018 and read “The Dot” as a campus! We are also having a Read-A-Palooza in November! #LeadLAP
  • bmilla84 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2: My goal is to put books in the hands of my Ss & help them build their own library of forever books! My gift to Ss at orientation was a stack of books to get them started! I have wonderful friends who have sponsored my class so each month they’ll get new books! #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A1 I learned that I have so much more to learn, especially about relationships. #LeadLAP
  • CyndiWms5 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    How wonderful!! #Leadlap
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2-Take the time to read what the kids are reading. Great way to start conversations with them about the books. #LeadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    What do you do when your feed says +70 more!? https://t.co/SQdkRCV9PW #leadlap
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2) I love reading to all classes each month. I want students to see how much I enjoy reading. This month I'm reading the book "One" by @KathrynOtoshi. It connects so well to our schoolwide theme of #KeepItNiceDaily. #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2: Provide opportunities for reading - even in the office! My bookshelf was given to me by my former principal @ryanssiemens and I'm doing my best to fill it up! #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2: Love visiting classrooms to read aloud. I need to make room in my schedule more often for this. It is so rewarding. #LeadLAP
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2 To Cultivate a literacy rich environment, I am constantly asking what our students are reading, what I’m reading, and talking about reading with our students. #TellYourStory #LeadLAP
  • MrsNealy23 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A1: Just as we need to know our “why,” students also need to know why they are learning certain concepts or skills. I have found that my Ss are more engaged once they understand this. #LeadLAP
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2. I'm recommending books to faculty and students, read alouds happpen in classrooms. I'm about to start book talk videos to go into our weekly newsletter and our yourtube channel. I think I'm starting an adventure fantasy book club according with another teacher #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A1b: 1st yr. & last yr: sometimes the situations that seem to be the worst & most challenging, can also bring out the greatest blessings. #leadlap
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2 By showing that I TOO have a love of instruction in reading & writing. Sharing what I’ve learned to grow successful readers and writers. Lead and learn by example. #LeadLAP
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    We begin with sharing great quotes from books admin read to our teachers and give opportunities for book clubs such as Kids Deserve It! We gave a book to each of our kindergarten students at their open house. #leadlap
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2: this one I could do better at from my chair. I love to read and have books I share as well as decorate my life. I will be reading your responses to get more proactive! #LeadLAP
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    Building a love of reading??? (And writing, by the way) You have to check out #SparksInTheDark by today's host, @TechNinjaTodd & @teachermantrav https://t.co/eJFB2mU53b So inspiring and filled with ideas for your class & system. #LeadLAP #tlap
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    a2 My district adopted inquiry-based learning in Algebra 1 & is piloting Geometry. Ss read non-fic in teams like they would follow a map. Win-win reading+math. #leadlap
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    My newest book #SparksInTheDark with @teachermantrav is FULL of ideas on how to build that love of reading and writing campus wide and in EVERY class! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
    A2 - great question @IndigoProgram teachers do a great job of building a love of reading and making reading relevant and purposeful by teaching kids that reading can hold answers to their curiosities.....#leadlap
  • SOHareBarrows Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    Working with MS Ss to help them improve the way they write scientific explanations (CERs) #leadlap
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    #TellYourStory #LeadLAP Our favorite holidays are fall and winter. The cold, thanksgiving, snow, mountains, skiing, sledding, tubing or anything that has to do with winter.
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd, @ProjectLITComm
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    That last step is crucial! #leadlap #TellYouStory
    In reply to @bethhill2829
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2 I model a love for reading but constantly talking with kids about books, sharing what I’m reading, recommending books and helping kids make book reviews on schools #flipgrid #LeadLAP
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A1: I have to add that the biggest learning has been that Relationships have to be your foundation- in teaching or Admin. #LeadLAP
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2: We had a #TLAP book club over the summer, and I am trying to instill a love for reading in my students by having Story Club days with snacks and engaging activities, in addition to giving them TIME in class to read their chosen book in a comfortable spot. #LeadLAP
  • mrbgilson Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A1: My first year I learned to pick my battles. Lost a job over voicing opinions and offending veteran teachers too much. In my last year I learned that my students voices are more important than just a curriculum. #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2: We do online read alouds for middle school, post what we are reading, birthday books for all, little library and just added video announcements with a book talk at the end each day! Literacy isn't an event at our school, it's embedded in our daily practice! #LeadLAP
  • MattDunbar_VT Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2: On lunch duty I make a point to find students with books at the lunch table and discuss what they are reading. I hope they can see my excitement and interest in what interests them. #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2: We don’t have traditional homework @CentralCabotpK4. This promotes family engagement with reading. #LeadLAP
  • rosalynjrobles Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    Free Write Fridays in my class! Working on structured prompts all week, but I felt the students need a day where they can write about any topic they choose. It was a hit! Picked 5 students to share, but almost everyone wanted to share. The room was buzzing. Loved it! #LeadLAP
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2 Making reading a priority. One kindergartner told her mom "We read all the time!" Our recess games, writing pieces, conversations all revolve around the amazing things we are reading - from a diverse, wide-ranging pile of bks. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 10:47 AM EDT
    A2: We have begun shifting the conversation in our building from complaint reading to joyful reading. Reading initiatives can sometimes start with good intentions but have unintended results. #leadlap
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2: We can help build a love for reading & writing by building relationships around reading and writing. Book talks, book clubs, books EVERYWHERE (even in our stairwells!), writing celebrations, conferring (so, so powerful)...Also, empower Ss with choice and independence.#LeadLAP
  • triciamac67 Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    Jumping in late. #LeadLAP
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A2 just saw one school in Kansas that had story time after a football game, on the field.... the bigs supporting the littles
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2 Givs Ss opportunities to read & write. We spend so much time talking skills/strategies and less time doing REAL reading & writing. #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    This is why I’m a fan of the relational leadership model. My job is to get out of the way and let others do their work. My job is provide support and tools to make that happen. Training them to support their staff and get out of their staffs way too. Trust the experts.#leadLAP
    In reply to @BarbaraGruener
  • jdsicking Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2: Ask students and colleagues what they are reading. Listen 👂 encourage 🤚 #PromoteReading #LeadLAP
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2 Caring enough about literacy to take the time to talk to every student to pair them up with the right book is critical. Genre speed dating is a fun way to help them find their read. #leadlap
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2: Spreading the love of reading by partnering with teachers to achieve their classroom “wishes” for their students. What do you dream for your readers and writers ? What if? Let’s do it. #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    Welcome, Tricia!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @triciamac67
  • teamtomwaters1 Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    RTQ2 #leadlap #TellYouStory
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    Doing this next month for my Marketing class. They have to market a book they love and why with #greenscreen. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A1: Biggest lesson my first year as the building principal was to reach out to my colleagues for support and guidance. Also, learn to delegate to others and help build strong leaders within our school. #LeadLAP
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2. I started our first faculty meeting of the year off with a read-aloud to my staff. I want to model a love of books myself! In the classroom we are trying to move into giving students more choice and motivation as readers! #leadlap
  • Dr_LMR Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    Hi #LeadLAP - Lena Marie, HS AP from MA jumping in late!
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2-We have a Morning Huddle each day. Need to see if I can get some kids to make some Book Trailers to share with everyone. @charlottepolk71 @AlisonVanek #LeadLAP
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 10:48 AM EDT
    A2: We are working to create common language across content areas. We have also been trying to change the culture of our library to a #LearningCenter. Recently, we stole an idea from @BethHouf to create a culture of reading by having our staff share what they’re reading. #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: Our admin has gotten all of our Ss in the habit of keeping a book in their backpack every day, so they can read during less structured times such as waiting in bus lines at dismissal. #leadlap
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2-Buy every kind of book for may classroom-give TIME for Ind. Reading--create FUN ways to share reading w/Classmates-used Donor's Choose to get MORE books--then, buy MORE books #leadlap
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    YES! I am learning the importance of mastery vs. progressing through curriculum for pacing's sake. My students have mentioned they appreciate the modifications and that they are actually learning rather than just getting the assignment "over with." #LeadLAP
    In reply to @plnaugle, @TechNinjaTodd
  • msjosephsci Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2:incorporating reading into content areas @ the 2ndary level so Ss don’t just associate reading with ELA. Incorporating readings that allow Ss to identify with the content #socialjustice issues. #LeadLAP
  • fishermarlinlib Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    Good morning! My name is Mary Totin and I’m an elementary librarian in San Antonio, Texas. My favorite holiday is Christmas, although I love others as well! #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2 I love using whole class #BookSnaps in @googleslides! The Ss create a slideshow of #BookSnaps during independent reading & we display the “show” as a commercial for books in the cafeteria during lunches. ❤️when Ss share their love for reading w/their peers! #leadlap #RealEdu
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd, @googleslides
  • JoanJtracy Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2. Read, read, read myself. And then talk about what I am reading. Notice the readers. Have some recommendations ready. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    Q3: In Chapter 8 of #StoriesFromWebb it's called "It's Ok To Grieve". How do you allow yourself to process grief? Why is it important for us to share those hard stories with others? Even as a leader? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: I've been making school visits to support the #schoolcounselors and teacher friends who are still blessed to be in the classroom. Yesterday, I got to read Crunch The Shy Dinosaur with a group of 2nd graders at a neighboring school. https://t.co/GPm2RkdyrQ #leadlap
  • inpursuitofed Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: Our English teachers are amazing! They all have libraries in their classrooms for Ss; one just hosted a book tasting to help students explore books in a variety of genres. SW, I'd love to get "I'm reading....right now" posters up outside of every classroom & office. #leadlap
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2. Using more picture books in my counseling lessons, and giving students the opportunity to lead the reading and discussion! I have learned that MS students still love a good picture book. Empower, as well as share a love for reading! #leadlap
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2 In my new position, trying to encourage a reading culture with teachers. Using book studies and sharing out #BookSnaps of what I'm reading to show that there is a wealth of knowledge out there and we never stop learning about our craft. #leadlap
  • triciamac67 Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: An example of what NOT to do: AR does not promote a school- wide love of reading! #LeadLAP
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    Great ideas from this #leadlap group on how leaders can inspire reading school-wide.
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: Action oriented and highly visible. Teachers and students need to see you reading and writing. Jump in and enjoy it! #LeadLAP
  • mrbgilson Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: campus wide would be great but I start in my world, my classroom, my students. Building the culture will extend past me as kids move forward. “Mr.Gilson I read all summer, this year the most books ever, 76!” A student I taught last year came and found me to tell me. #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    It can be quite lonely #leadLAP
    In reply to @BrettPlayter
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    Love this, Lana! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @lana_cecil
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 10:49 AM EDT
    A2: We gave away free books @ our back to school events & we’ve been hosting Facebook Live Read Alouds. We’re going to buy books so kids can get one on their birthday & I’m totally stealing @mandyeellis’s idea to read a book to every Kinder kid & gift them the book! #LeadLAP
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    No reason to hide teachers are human. Extra bonus - showing human kindness #leadlap
    In reply to @latoyadixon5
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A1: I’ve been an administrator for almost 20 years but my first year teaching is a different story. Almost quit because I found it so challenging & the support systems we have now for new teachers did not exist back then. The warrior that I am, prevented me from quitting.#LeadLAP
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A2: To build a love for reading students begin every study hall with 10 minutes of reading any material they would like to read daily. The focus at our school has been on writing. To inspire Ss to write this year we are doing a song writing competition. #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A3: Mine has always been to build a project. I'm not talking about making a deck. I've made: art, perler beads, websites, ect. My two books were written as handling of grief. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A3: I've been sharing my journey through grief of losing my mother this year. I can't tell you how many people have come up to me telling me it's helped them feel less alone in their grief. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • lala_andrews1 Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A2: Trying to protect the sacred independent reading time during the day. I really want my Ts to have creative flexibility in their classrooms. But time for kids to just read is a non-negotiable. #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A2: Book talks from teachers across grade levels. Gamifying "levels" of book shelves. #leadlap #TellYouStory
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A2: This Q made me realize this is something I need to work on! Gonna read other responses and get some ideas! #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    We do need to get this on the schedule!!! I’m all in! #BookSnaps #tlap #leadlap
    In reply to @hayes_melisa, @bethanie2384, @CathyO710, @GCISD, @GCISDLearns
  • MelissaRathmann Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    If every principal did this, just think what a game changer it would be! #CelebratED 🎉⭕️🎉 #JoyfulLeaders #txed #KidsDeserveIt #BeKindEDU #LeadLAP #tlap @momsasprincipal @dadsasprincipal
    • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:46 AM EDT
      A2: Love visiting classrooms to read aloud. I need to make room in my schedule more often for this. It is so rewarding. #LeadLAP
  • rosalynjrobles Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    Read Aloud to ALL students. I teach 5th grade and they still love it when I read to them a picture book! All the upper grade teachers are still reading aloud picture books to our students. #LeadLAP
  • Dr_LMR Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    Working on this for HS. Thinking of having them do some reading for younger Ss that they can access - like a bedtime story library. Hope to connect it to community service learning. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • heathercalvert Sep 15 @ 10:50 AM EDT
    A3: As a leader I feel like I need to be composed all the time. However, it’s important to grieve with Ts and Ss. We are all still human 💜 #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    Add in some #musicsnaps with the #booksnaps too. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TaraMartinEDU, @hayes_melisa, @bethanie2384, @CathyO710, @GCISD, @GCISDLearns
  • PrincipalGarden Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    Hi #leadlap, home from gymnastics class...jumping in, Liz, elem leader in MA
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A2b: I am a schl psy , so sharing more about what I am reading, and incorporate reading in all of my SEL lessons. Kids love it! #leadlap
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A2 I loved doing our first Facebook read aloud before school started Such fun! #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A3 this is a tough one, I try to relate as much as I can to my students. I think it’s important for them to know I am human too. It helps build a lasting relationship. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A3: As the campus leader I try to hold it together, but in some moments I allow my staff to see the weight of pain or struggle. They need to know we have struggles too. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    If it's important, time needs to be given. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @lala_andrews1
  • tech_ela_burk Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    I’m Emily Burk from Anna, TX and I love Christmas! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    Big factors. Those closest to the students have the most expertise about our students. We miss that because we believe we need to be the experts #leadLAP
    In reply to @principledlady, @BarbaraGruener
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A2: We also start each day with our school-wide one read! #leadLAP
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A3: I am not very good at processing grief. However, I share my stories because of it helps even one of my students know that what they are going through happens to others and they are not alone, then it is worth it. #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A3: It builds relationships, shows you are human. Share vulnerability. We share as staff how we are feeling about the "loss" and help each other through it. #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A3: People need to know they are not alone in their suffering for suffering is actually what binds us together as one human family, but don’t be a story topper. People who gloat about suffering more than others create more bad vibes than they prevent. #LeadLAP
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    Our school needs to host a Book Prom. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory #KidsDeserveIt
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • mellomama6 Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    I read Refugee this summer and gave it to our 6th grade teacher. Its flying through the class. Great convos. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalOgg
  • bmaurao Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    A3: Heavy one- we are all human and we all experience this- I like to write about it, share my emotions and "get out of it on the positive side" in the end #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:51 AM EDT
    Q3 again, in case you missed it! #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    Down with AR up with a love of reading! #leadlap
    In reply to @triciamac67
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    Fish in a tree? How can that be? #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • EMGarland Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A3: this one is hard for me... I'm working on becoming more vulnerable because I know it makes us more authentic and better able to empathize. #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A3: I lost my daddy very suddenly in June. Shortly after, I was leading precessional learning for a school and discussing reflection, how our experiences frame our perspective. I found myself sharing my story of being a daddy’s girl. It was tough, but so healing. #leadlap
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A3 - As with anything critical, when you show your vulnerability, you show your true self. People gravitate towards a person who is unafraid and authentic. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A2: My new school has quickly figured out that my favorite thing is reading, Facebook Live read alouds have been a big hit, reading in every classroom, and birthday books have been a great start to the year #leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A2b: We must keep reading to them; thank you @micheleborba for the reminder. @NowakRo is even using picture books with HS learners this year! Listen how at his #characterspeaks podcast interview here: https://t.co/Rg6DWzhytG #leadlap
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    Maybe AR really stands for Accentuates Resentment! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @triciamac67
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A3: Sharing your story may help someone else. I find myself deeply listening during times of grief. This is such a human connection. #leadLAP
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    All ages love a good picture book. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mrbrummet379
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A2b: The other thing we are doing is looking to start professional development book clubs to get adults engaged in reading and learning! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
    A3- we need to share that grief is normal and we all grieve differently. Our Ss make sympathy cards as part of lessons about grief and loss- talking about loss #LeadLAP
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A3. As a school leader, I'm learning how important relationships are. Part of building relationships with Ts and Ss is sharing authentic feelings, including grief. We connect and build empathy when we feel things together. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A3: My journey through grief is exactly what led me to start my new series #TellYourStory. Check it out on my facebook: https://t.co/qMK42yUQNm or iTunes: https://t.co/Yghm2ldFvX #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • WallerALPHApack Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A2:We conduct a "One Book, One School" initiative every yr. Each S in school receives the same book,families are given guides w/ nightly reading suggestions, ?'s given every morning & all Ss can answer to win prizes, & creative home projects can be turned in for display. #LEADLap
  • EMGarland Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    Just got 12 copies for my literacy team. I can't wait to start our book study together. #sparksinthedark #leadLAP
    In reply to @burgessdave, @TechNinjaTodd, @teachermantrav, @dbc_inc, @TaraMartinEDU, @BethHouf, @burgess_shelley, @wenders88
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A2 love the school Principals that have shelves of "birthday books"
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A3 You learn to process through life’s experiences, there is no book that’s a one shoe fits all. I share with my closest friend and allow myself time alone. It’s hard for me to share and be vulnerable, for many judge who have not walked in my shoes._ #LeadLAP
  • tishrich Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    ✨LEGACY✨ is the “L” in 💫MAGICAL💫 “You may never know the impact you make on another’s life, but you are leaving a legacy.” So excited to share my #MLmagical with the world!💫You can find it here👉🏻 https://t.co/GGOUMPi7la #leadlap #tlap #xplap #oredchat
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A3: Transparency paints a realistic picture of what life is really like. Yes it has very high highs, but it also follows with devastating lows. We need to be real for our Ts as well as Ss , otherwise we are not relatable and some what stand offish #leadLAP
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A3: This one is hard, yet important. Everyone needs their moment to grieve. Connection is important during this process it does not necessarily make it easier, but makes it bearable. Empathy is a life lesson that we all need each other. #BeThere #LeadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    You must record and post your read alouds to YouTube, too. Such a great way to inspire and influence literacy ... and elevate #empathy! #leadlap
    In reply to @PrincipalGarden
  • PrincipalGarden Sep 15 @ 10:53 AM EDT
    A3: Have experienced loss with my staff, definitely have shared my emotions, good for people to see that we are human and when they experience grief, we understand and can support, good to be a shoulder to cry on and good to have shoulders to cry on #leadlap
  • Dr_LMR Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    I would love to give Ss a birthday book but the funding is the issue. I have worked with @FirstBook when I was with elementary Ss. Books for HS Ss gets expensive! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf, @FirstBook
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A2 love the Principals that bought any book their T's asked for (1 each)
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    EVERYONE you interact with is carrying around some kind of pain. Some's known to the public..and they get a lot of attention..wanted or not. But never assume bc someone's pain isn't public that it isn't there. Allow others to grieve by allowing yourSELF to do so. #leadlap
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    Moving to a new school was hard because I missed my previous school family. I didn’t keep that a secret and I feel that allowed both schools to see the real me. #leadlap
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    Thanks, Jill. You’d be surprised how much traffic the library received from “#BookSnaps they saw at lunch the other day”...😜 #leadlap #tlap
    In reply to @jillrt, @TechNinjaTodd, @googleslides
  • JAMillner Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3) When you are able to share a story it can help others through their tough times.#LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3: I'm good with sharing and showing grief for families and students. I prefer to keep my personal stuff, personal. That's just me. I tell those who are close and share what needs to be shared. #LeadLaP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    Can't wait for my copy to arrive today. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @tishrich, @mradamwelcome, @TaraMartinEDU, @burgessdave, @iluveducating, @dbc_inc, @KimSnodgrass, @burgess_shelley, @Richmondruss, @mrmatera, @tamaraletter
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3: We all have struggles. Sharing those stories or events allows people to connect. Often we hear, you can't really understand unless you've experienced the same thing. #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    It does help to remind folx of the stages of grief to normalize; denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. AND; recognizing this process as a part of change #leadLAP
    In reply to @BobbieFrench
  • MattDunbar_VT Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3: we have had a pretty rough two week period at our school with some heavy situations. Our admin team has rallied around each other and continued to communicate. We also had conversations with Ss involved that we have shown our vulnerability as humans. Goes a long way #LeadLAP
  • msjosephsci Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3:the power of vulnerability @BreneBrown. We gain power when we share. But not with everyone, this must be earned. Showing that we all have our stories allows for the community to heal together & practice compassion& empathy #LeadLAP
  • rosalynjrobles Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    YES!!! We need to stop rushing students. Real reading and writing takes time, let's invest that time in fostering a love for reading and writing.#LeadLAP
    In reply to @LisaDegnan1
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3 Change means loss of some kind, big or small, and we need to name it to begin to tame it. Letting others know it is OK to feel that loss by modeling it yourself. #CommunityCircles with teachers are a great tool to help facilitate open sharing. #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3: I've learned that when I don't take time to grieve, it catches up with me. We recently lost a student, the hardest thing ever. I grieved with our staff and students. I embraced the mantra that sometimes it's okay to NOT be okay. Working on a blog post about it. #LeadLAP
  • MajaliseTolan Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    I love to just talk about books and reference things I have read based on conversations I have with staff and students. Books are a gateway! #LeadLAP
  • GEagen1 Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A3 #leadLAP it shows other that you're human. It's a natural process of life and allows others to realize that no matter your position, loss, mistake, sadness, and disappointment happens.
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    Be the tortoise instead of the hare. I’m about two weeks behind in math curriculum, but I know they “really understand” what we’ve covered so far by the results on their daily exit tickets. #LeadLAP #KidsDeserveIt
    In reply to @ASMILEwithAnna, @TechNinjaTodd
  • mellomama6 Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A2: I restarted the BBC (birthday book club) scheduled Friday as my read aloud day and have books stacked everywhere. #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    @Scholastic has been a huge help!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Dr_LMR, @FirstBook, @Scholastic
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
    A2: Our building does twitter chats over educational books, and I like to think by continuing their professional reading, that translates into their classrooms. I have seen many teachers doing book tastings in the classroom to develop interest. #LeadLAP
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 10:55 AM EDT
    #leadlap...I agree with you. Showing vulnerability is difficult.
    • EMGarland Sep 15 @ 10:52 AM EDT
      A3: this one is hard for me... I'm working on becoming more vulnerable because I know it makes us more authentic and better able to empathize. #leadLAP
      In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • diane_mackinnon Sep 15 @ 10:55 AM EDT
    A3: I lost my brother tragically last year. It’s 1 reason @j_hoffman22 and I connected more deeply in our Twitter #pln. By sharing grief we recognize we are all on this journey together, count on others, express our gratitude, create empathy, and grow stronger. #LeadLAP
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 10:55 AM EDT
    I'm honored to be featured in a chapter of #StoriesFromWebb with a story of my surprise visit to his school...A surprise visit from the captain! Read about it here (video included): https://t.co/X6KcderxaO #LeadLAP #tlap
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 10:55 AM EDT
    A3: Models for students, parents, and teachers that I’m not a Superman. I am man enough to shed tears/share my worries with them. #LeadLAP
  • MrsKramerD123 Sep 15 @ 10:55 AM EDT
    A2: We started our Day 1 Institute with a Book Tasting. Sward teachers moved from book to book in 3 minute rotations in order to select one of 9 professional titles to form an interest based PLO 😃 So. Much. Fun. #LeadLAP
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3: That's hard. having lost students and family over my years as a teacher - I try to let my Ss know that we all go through it. They've seen me cry and talk about it. I need to let them know it's OK to feel and that I am there for them when they need #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    This is so important. Losing a student is so hard. My last blog post was about loss too. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3 When we experience a loss in our community we grieve that loss together in age appropriate ways. Important to show there are many ways to grieve #LeadLAP
  • kdpearson Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    SHE IS THE BEST! I leave her feeling heard, helped, shown, and way more confident. She’s good at what she does! & technically she goes over her job description to help ALL teachers. Not just the ones she’s required to help. ❤️ #leadLAP
    • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 10:43 AM EDT
      A1 First year as an Instructional Coach, I learned that I need to listen, help, serve, and lead - in that order. I’m still a work in progress. #LeadLAP
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3. As a counselor, I tend to self-disclose with students and staff when times get hard. Others need to see that you've struggled, and that there is hope they will make it through. Feelings don't last forever, and others need to see that. #leadlap
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    Hope you are safe and weathering Florence securely. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @adamdovico, @TechNinjaTodd
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3: I grieved long and hard after being hit by a drunk driver five years ago; it was NOT something I could hide. So many blessings in this burden: I learned to receive help, comfort and care from my friends and I learned we must forgive and move on to find #JOY again! #leadlap
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    Q4: Chapter 10 in #StoriesFromWebb is "Making Excuses". When have you found yourself making excuses? How could it/did it keep you from being successful? Who holds you accountable? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • mellomama6 Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    Reading that aloud to our 5th grade. Just started. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Ryan7Read, @BethHouf
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    Great news, Erin!! Thank you!! #LeadLAP #SparksInTheDark
    In reply to @EMGarland, @TechNinjaTodd, @teachermantrav, @dbc_inc, @TaraMartinEDU, @BethHouf, @burgess_shelley, @wenders88
  • lala_andrews1 Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3: I try to be very open and transparent with my staff. When they’re grieving I let them know I’m grieving too. It’s about building that relationship and trust at a human level. #LeadLAP
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3: It's vital that we share the hard times and our emotions so that others recognize us as real and genuine. We can't grow together if we aren't willing to be open about the things that challenge us. It also allows us to build bonds and trust. #LeadLAP
  • tech_ela_burk Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A1: Biggest lesson I learned 1st year, 17 years ago, was to find supportive coworkers to process with. Last year, my biggest lesson was to just focus on the now & not get too caught up in what could happen in the future. #onedayatatime #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    I love the statement about how people earn the opportunity to hear our grief. #leadlap
    • msjosephsci Sep 15 @ 10:54 AM EDT
      A3:the power of vulnerability @BreneBrown. We gain power when we share. But not with everyone, this must be earned. Showing that we all have our stories allows for the community to heal together & practice compassion& empathy #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    This. Displaying our humanity validates the humanity in others. We hate anger, we are afraid to show it. We need to engage it. We are humans. #leadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    A3 Grieving and loss is apart of our own journeys & path we are on. We can’t not share to grow and come out of it stronger. Is it hard? Of course! But it’s a part of who we are! #tellyourstory #LeadLAP
  • Dr_LMR Sep 15 @ 10:56 AM EDT
    Love that too! Just had convo with a Ss about Maze Runner and how much she LOVES the book! I am going to get her a copy of her own b/c she is reading during class but wants to read more. Going to get another book too so she has one ready when done. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MattDunbar_VT
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 10:57 AM EDT
    Q4 is up! #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:57 AM EDT
    A3: Loss ans struggle is God’s way of reminding us that we’re not alone and we cannot pretend we don’t need encouragement, support, and love. We can take the cape off and wash it now and then (I always need help with this) #LeadLAP
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 10:57 AM EDT
    A3. Empath vs Sympathy. Practice empathy. Climb down that ladder and listen. Rarely does response help. CONNECT. https://t.co/hWHPbepQUY #leadlap
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:57 AM EDT
    A4: When we wanted to do the summer reading challenge w/ students, I found myself making excuses for them on why they couldn't do it (poverty, lack of internet, etc). Thank Goodness people were around me to say "WHAT? Todd, remember, we say no excuses". #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • Dr_LMR Sep 15 @ 10:57 AM EDT
    I haven’t seen this at HS level but I will definitely explore! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf, @FirstBook, @Scholastic
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:57 AM EDT
    A3 I’m kinda the same, Jay. Occasionally, when I see the need to share my personal story—bc it relates to a student or staff member I’m working with—I do. Mostly, I process deep feelings best alone & writing. Occasionally I share with select friends, if need be. #leadlap
    In reply to @JayBilly2
  • JoanJtracy Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A3. I know I share my grief of losing 2 siblings too widely, even to the person behind me in checkout line. But I find I just need to. I hope I can convert this into deep empathy and listen to others. #LeadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    I was so sad with you at hearing you lost your Dad this summer; was giving with you from afar and praying for your mom and your family. I love the visual of taking off and washing the cape! #leadlap
    In reply to @bethhill2829
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A3: Grief is so hard. I have been in my role long enough now that I have grieved in front of, with, & beside our school for friends, staff, & students. It is a hard time for everyone but meaningful to be open & share your stories with your #CommUNITY! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A3b as human we weren’t created to go through life alone. We need communication and relationships. #LeadLAP
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A4- I try not to make excuses but sometimes there's just not enough time in the day to get it all done and I forget to communicate information... I hold myself accountable or those that need something from me #LeadLAP
  • mellomama6 Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A3: We have devotions 2x a week. Gives staff a chance to share highs and lows and show compassion and empathy. #LeadLAP
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A3: There have been multiple times I’ve gone to an empty gym, sat on the top row, and just cried. We have to take the time to allow ourselves to go through the grieving process so we can be stronger for those who need our strength. #leadlap
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A2: Reading and writing are two priorities for our district but we are way ahead of the pack. We recognize any student, or staff that are caught reading or writing on their own time. Here are two students who were recognized through #GoodNewsCallofTheDay for reading. #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    Can’t wait to read it. ((Hugs)) #leadlap
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A4: I hold myself accountable and I think the students and teachers do too. If I'm having an off day, or I'm busy on other things, when I hear, "We didn't see you today" that changes everything. Also, when I screw up, I take the heat. No problem! #LeadLAP
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A4 I have to resist the excuses that keep me in my office. There is no more important place for me to be than in classrooms. #NoExcuses because I’m a #principalsinaction #LeadLAP
  • JolieBetty Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    #leadlap community Please,pls,pls consider helping🙏🏽. $1mattees When you support my classroom, ur donation will receive a 50% boost from Verizon. Trying to get a #GoPro for students to use to document their journey and share with their parents. https://t.co/zbfmdND8hG
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A4: It's when I have been just overloaded. I'm not talking at school, I'm talking everywhere: home, personal All of a sudden something gets lost in the process. We do our best to stay balanced, but something tips over and we have to learn from it and be mindful of others #leadlap
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A4: I think it's natural, and the easy way out, to make excuses on why we can't do something. We have to continually ask ourselves, "Am I doing what's best for kids, or easiest for adults"/ #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
    A3: I think this provides a way to develop deeper relationships with our staff and students. We share because we trust and need support as a community. I also believe we need to model how to handle and persevere through difficult situations for our students. #LeadLAP
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A4. Last year, I felt completely overwhelmed. I found myself stating "I can't do all of this." After much reflection, it wasn't that I couldn't handle it, I was afraid of failure and letting others down. I had to realize the difference between "too much" and "fear." #leadlap
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A4: Usually happens in March-May when many things seem to take over & I start to get into classes less and less. Usually kids hold me accountable by comments like "we haven't seen you" or "can you come see us" and I remember who I'm there for! #LeadLAP
  • diane_mackinnon Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    Hate to go #LeadLAP but duty calls. Headed to district Back to School picnic! This has been a great chat!! Thanks @TechNinjaTodd !
  • MajaliseTolan Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    I find myself making excuses when my communication isn’t timely enough. It’s like I keep score with myself and rationalize some turnovers as long as I’m still in the lead. #LeadLAP
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A2 - always be reading yourself. Modeling is the first step to showing students how valuable reading can be. #Leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A4: I’vefound myself making excuses for others when I don’t see excellence. This is detrimental to a culture and to kids. Speaking up is not an option. Excellence, professionalism, dedication to growth are nonnegotiables. When they aren’t happening, and can’t overlook. #leadlap
  • jdsicking Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A3: grief and vulnerability are not my strong suit... beginning today to remember how this makes a good leader. #LeadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A3-I recently had a horrendous family tragedy & colleagues & Ss were super supportive. I also used my teacher blog to help process & this was the 1st time many peers were exposed to my blog-#leadlap
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A4: it happens when the “stuff” gets to be too much. I need to focus on what it most important and move on. Excuses is just being paralyzed by the “stuff”. #LeadLAP
  • gwen_henshaw Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A1: “First Year” teaching lesson-FOLLOW THROUGH. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Last year, I learned to listen to understand rather than listening to respond. #LeadLap
  • WallerALPHApack Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A3: Keeping a busy plate leads to me making excuses at times. I have learned over time & age I am more effective dedicating myself to doing a few things really well rather than too many things adequately. #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    Love the way you put it... I might say "mess of awesomeness" #LeadLaP
    • SaiaStacy Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
      So true! And.... we all have diff passions and pursuits. Different isnt wrong or less. Its all about finding ways to maximize everyones different strengths and interests into a diverse mesh of awesomeness!
      In reply to @JayBilly2
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 10:59 AM EDT
    A3 We all hurt. Over the yrs, I've had kids show up right after lrng of their grandpa's death. I've gone to parent funerals. Being w/ kinders daily enables me to just love on them, encourage them to wrt, do + things, listen. know tomorrow's coming & I'm there w/ them. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    I know you were! I’m so grateful for that! #leadlap
    • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 10:58 AM EDT
      I was so sad with you at hearing you lost your Dad this summer; was giving with you from afar and praying for your mom and your family. I love the visual of taking off and washing the cape! #leadlap
      In reply to @bethhill2829
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A3 - Allow yourself to be real with your teachers and students. It helps them see you as a person, not just as a job title. #Leadlap
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A3: My first year as principal, my mom passed away. Knowing that I could (and should) talk about it with staff was the only way to get through it. Grief is normal and sharing with and relying on others should be, too. #LeadLAP
  • meredithakers Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4: My biggest struggle right now is using the excuse of more work to do to be distracted and not give my full attention to my family. I need to do better about being fully present at home. #leadlap
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4 Wow! Diving deep today! I tend to make excuses when it comes to moving in new directions. I often sell myself short which means I lose opportunities #leadlap
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4 It stifled my creativity, who I was and was meant to be for my students. I’ve spoken with admin and Dept head of my goals for the year...and to keep me accountable for them! #LeadLAP
  • principledlady Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A3: I wear my heart on my sleeve And how I “feel” is evident on my face. This has both served me well and caused me great pain. Being vulnerable is key but it comes with a big price tag at times. #worthit #leadlap
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4 believing the naysayers have kept me from moving sooner, growing faster and not taking risks. After reading this book I can say I have been set free. It has allowed me to build an amazing #pln and meet my pic @mlarson_nj #LeadLAP
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A3: I think for leaders to be fully be available to lead Ss & Ts. We have show them are a real person. Leaders believe showing areas of hurt/pain demonstrates weakness. I think it shows strength & vulnerability. Leadership weights you down and you have to let it go! #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4: At times I have found myself making excuses for the transgressions of the people I like. This keeps me from being a consistent guardian of our norms. Now I try to be most critical of the people I like, secretly of course. It balances my perspective. #LeadLAP
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4. As a young T in a low-income school, I think it was easy to make excuses about S performance based on factors I couldn't control. I learned that was self-defeating, so now as a leader, I work to encourage my team against those kinds of excuses. #leadlap
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
    A4. I’m the worst at making excuses. Self-crowned Avoidance Behavior Queen. 👑. This week I learned to speak beginning French instead of writing research. I’m working on it. *sigh* my awesome team of @R13Coaches keep me grounded. #leadlap
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: Twitter holds me accountable. If I say I did it or I'm going to do it on twitter, you all know it and then it happens #LeadLAP
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: I used to make excuses because I was embarrassed that I made a mistake. I have learned that admitting a mistake and taking steps to fix it are necessary to maintain trust and relationships #LeadLAP
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: My family is holding me accountable to drop the work hat and truly be present with them when I am home. #leadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    The grief journey is so SO painful and hard. I'm so thankful that you had a staff that could help you walk through it, friends that you could lean on and you leaned in to the pain and grieved the goodbye. #leadlap
    In reply to @Greg_Moffitt
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: My @ArcadiaUnified Team of coaches and admin have created a culture of problem solving. Blaming is not a choice. If there is an issue, the question to ask is NOT Who did it? ,but rather, What can be done to remove the struggle? I own the phrase ¨Iḿ sorry...¨#LeadLAP
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: There really are no good excuses. Yes, we all fall back on excuses from time to time, but in the end we realize that excuses don't fix anything. Instead of making excuses, find solutions. You're accountable to yourself, your Ss, and those around you. #LeadLAP #KidsDeserveIt
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: I often find myself making excuses for kids who are struggling with behavior. I know there stories well yet sometimes their teachers don’t. Instead of making an excuse, it would benefit the student to share their story. As far as accountability goes...staff. #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: Unfortunately, I tend to make more excuses for my personal well being...I'll exercise tomorrow, I'll cook a meal instead of eat out tomorrow. Gotta make it a priority! #LeadLAP
  • MattDunbar_VT Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: I think naturally we make excuses when we over extend ourselves. As school leaders we shoulder so much responsibility but must learn how to delegate effectively. If we can’t do that, we can’t take care of ourselves and the results of that are catastrophic. #LeadLAP
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    A4: I find my self making excuses for myself and my students all the time. I need to hold myself accountable for not making excuses just like I should hold my students accountable and not take their excuses at face value. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    Yes, leaning on others is important! #LeadLAP
    • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:00 AM EDT
      A3: My first year as principal, my mom passed away. Knowing that I could (and should) talk about it with staff was the only way to get through it. Grief is normal and sharing with and relying on others should be, too. #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
    What a valuable lesson to learn. Your Ss were better for it. Keep thinking and moving forward. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mrbrummet379
  • teamtomwaters1 Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    RTQ4 #leadlap #TellYourStory
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    A4 For me, excuses seems like part of a grief process (not grief over a deep loss, but over a failure of a goal). It sometimes comes up as I'm reflecting on progress. I then use that same reflection process to move beyond excuses to ownership & self-empowerment. #leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    Lordy my typing skills are lacking this morning! Hopefully my PLN can overlook the typos and see the message! (Maybe one shouldn’t tweet with allergy medicine!) 😂 #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    I think one of the biggest challenges in navigating this is how our society handles anger. Anger is a part of the grief process, but we feel threatened when people express real anger. How we react when humans get angry is a problem. We need to embrace anger #leadLAP
    In reply to @ItsAMrY
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    Q4: I’ve been very blessed with a set of colleagues that even though we don’t work at same schools anymore, help keep me in check and grounded, as well as celebrate one another’s success, my wife plays a huge role in this area as well ! @MsPrzystanski @MsVoris_Math #leadLAP
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    A3: As instructional leader, staff see you as human and you build trust & relationships. While there is a fine line between administration and staff, teachers will not follow and resist a leader they don’t trust. It’s okay to share your pain with your second family. #LeadLAP
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    Exactly! We are there to teach students, not curriculum. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @plnaugle, @TechNinjaTodd
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    I'm so sorry, Beth. Sending hugs and prayers for healing for you and your school family ❤️ #leadlap
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • JoanJtracy Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    A4. I find it hard to forgive my self for errors. Haha, I need more excuses! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    I've been doing the same thing!! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @bethhill2829
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    Hence why I said "write" instead of "right". #LeadLAP
    In reply to @bethhill2829
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:02 AM EDT
    Oh man, I do this too!! I'll get home at a better hour tomorrow....next week...next month...next year?!? #LeadLAP
    In reply to @BethHouf
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    Q5: Chapter 21 in #StoriesFromWebb is "Do You Know My Name". Have you seen the value in knowing a child's name or how to pronounce it correctly? Why is that so important? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    A4: With the multitude of things we are accountablefor as administrators, I will make excuses for why I am not out in the classrooms more observing and building relationships, ultimately that is the most important thing I do. I will make the time! #LeadLAP
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    A4: Getting out of the office and into the classrooms more can be tough but trust me those Ts and Ss will let you know when they haven't seen you enough! #leadLAp
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    Time for Q5! #LeadLAP
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    Q3: I am a big crier, and I’m ok with that. My Brother in law was KIA in Afghanistan 8 years ago, so every year, I talk about it with my students. I also “teach” 9/11 yearly, since my students now weren’t even born yet! Letting kids in a bit = connection. #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    A4: It is easy to make excuses when things are not going well & your plate is too full! Last year, we had a goal of no excuses—only reflection & thoughtful decisions based on what we learned to improve. I am accountable to our students, staff & #CommUNITY. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • JAMillner Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    A4) We all must be a reflective practitioner that is honest with yourself. That is how we find out what went right and what needs to be tweaked.#LEadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    A4: when I worry about my intentions and the intentions of others who are a part of my sphere more than I worry or care about the impact that behavior has on others not as close inside my sphere. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
    A5: My last name has been mispronounced my whole life. It's especially bothersome for people who've known me a while. I think "have you still not learned my last name??" #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A4: I sometimes get defensive when I hear somebody criticize a teacher or classroom practice - especially when it comes from somebody with no educational training. Things aren’t always as black and white as outsiders believe. And, they’re info isn’t 1st hand. #leadlap
  • Dr_LMR Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    Finding that balance can be tough! I have learned to think of it as the two worlds living in harmony. Sometimes one takes a more prominent role than others but find joy in each. Helped to alleviate some of the struggle to always be ‘on’ in both. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @meredithakers
  • JaysonBaker10 Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A1: Landmines are everywhere! You don't know what you don't know until you stumble or fall on it... You can either laugh or cry... I had to make the choice to face the unknown with a sense of humor and see everything as a hurdle to hop instead of a wall to climb. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • EMGarland Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    That's a real struggle for me. #leadLAP
    In reply to @MrsStrieter
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A4: I am very “North” (action oriented) and sometimes details fall through the cracks. Previously I had found myself making up excuses, which damaged my credibility. Now I take ownership, apologize, and look for solutions, and I established routines to avoid issues. #LeadLAP
  • tech_ela_burk Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A2: Read-After conversations with our HS Ss,I’m trying to update our book selection to make it more diverse. Starting Book Talks w/more student choice w/ELA Ts.Write-Just started eportfolios with digital notebooks. Each student has their own website that they designed! #leadlap
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A4: I’ve unplugged the daughter’s excuse machine and she has a crafty way of reminding me to unplug mine She hits me with one my favorite no excuses lines. “Be the example or be the example. I’d rather you be the example.” Lol! #LeadLAP
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A3: Grief is so tricky. I allow myself to confront and nurture whichever stage I am dealing with at the time. I can identify the stages and reactions more easily now, and am more patient with them. Sharing helps people feel less alone and know that what they feel is ok. #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    It IS SO easy and when you hear the negative (excuses) everyday, you start to believe. Be like Alice (in Wonderland) when you fall down the rabbit whole find the magic. #LEadLAP
    In reply to @Howells_Owls
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    Oh my goodness! Me too! My self care takes a hit often! #leadlap
    • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:01 AM EDT
      A4: Unfortunately, I tend to make more excuses for my personal well being...I'll exercise tomorrow, I'll cook a meal instead of eat out tomorrow. Gotta make it a priority! #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A5: We have a little over 500 kids. When I started in was just over 400. I could get 85% of their names. It's getting harder, but kids absolutely take note and are excited when I greet them by name! RELATIONSHIPS!!!! #LeadLAP
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A4 Excuses come with fatigue & the feeling that it doesn't make a difference. Keeping perspective/the big picture is paramount here. For the most part, I'm accountable to my families, colleagues, admin (& me!) But, mostly it's when I look at my kids. They're the reason! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A5: I can't even express the joy on a child's face when they hear their name AND hear it said correctly. Everyone wants someone to know their name. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A5- This is SOOO Important. I know ALL my Ss names. A name is your identity- and how to pronounce it- know there name- know them. I have one S and I'm STILL learning to pronounce it and she thinks it's funny- but I keep trying #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:04 AM EDT
    A5: They feel you know them or try to know them. I had one student i couldn't say her name right and it drove her crazy. I finally slowed down and said it right. Always cheered her up to say her name correctly. #LeadLAP
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A4: Sometimes trying to do ALL the things can lead to excuses for procrastinating on challenging things that could potentially make the biggest impact. Focusing on the kids and doing what's best for them no matter what keeps me accountable. https://t.co/u4aSQQEJz5 #LeadLAP
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5: This is important. I'm at a new school this year so all of the 400+ students are new to me. I'm working on it and I'll get there. Know kids names makes them connect better. Saying them correctly is an equity issue that needs to be addressed #leadlap
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A4: Making excuses for why I don't pursue something. I need to stop doing that because it holds me and my Ss back. Need to put my big girl pants on in those situations! #LeadLAP
  • MattDunbar_VT Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    Currently in my second year as admin, but I switched school districts to move closer to home. One of my current joys is seeing my 8th graders at lunch and their actual excitement to see me and how they notice when I get pulled from the cafeteria. #LeadLAP
    • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:03 AM EDT
      A4: Getting out of the office and into the classrooms more can be tough but trust me those Ts and Ss will let you know when they haven't seen you enough! #leadLAp
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5: Knowing the students names and talking to them regularly has been a focus of mine this year. They know you see them and care when you call them by their name. #leadLAP
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    Q4: I find myself making excuses for lack of time management, and it definitely prevents me from being successful. I just need to work on finding balance in my life. #LeadLAP #BalanceLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5: Your name is your identity. When you take time to learn how to pronounce and spell a name correctly it matters so much! #LeadLAP
  • SOHareBarrows Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5. EVERY DAY! I practice as soon as soon as I get my rosters. On the first day, I record some kids saying their name - and practice some more! They see me trying!! #LeadLAP
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5 MY BIGGEST WEAKNESS! Call it age or lack of brain cells, this has always been my most difficult issue. Their name is their identity! And one that shows you care! I struggle yearly and have since day 1, but never give up! #LeadLAP
  • inpursuitofed Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A4: Sometimes I take seek way too much input because I want staff and students to feel invested. Sometimes this choice delays progress and becomes an excuse. I always try to keep what's best for kids and what's best for staff in the back of my mind. #leadlap
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    Great observation! It's worth reflecting on how ALL of us become angry....and what we need to either minimize it or process it without turning to violence. (I'll suggest that violence is what happens when a person feels powerless to create safety for themselves.) #leadlap
    In reply to @3_DLeadership
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A4-Every year of Spec Ed teaching, there are 2-3 seniors that only have 25-40 credits. If I can't get them to LOVE English in their 4th year--I turn to excuses because I so badly want to have a positive impact on them #leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5: Once at a family night, I approached a mom and her son, and said, “Hey_____!” (With a high five). The mom immediately said, “If my son has been in trouble, I should have been called.” She assumed I only knew his name because he had caused trouble. :( Break the mold. #leadlap
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    When a teacher says “I’m just going to call you __________ “ you can feel the power being sucked right out of that student. Our convenience as Ts isn’t as critical as the humanity of a name. Learning names gives power to students. Creating nicknames takes power away #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 11:05 AM EDT
    A5 Having my name mispronounced my whole life has taught me the value of learning each person's name and how THEY say it. It makes us feel "seen" and valued. #leadlap
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A4: I don’t recall as a teacher but I’m sure I did many moons ago. As a principal, I have to lead by example and not make any excuses. Our motto “ALL children WILL learn.” I am held accountable by the parents of our children that entrust us to teach their children. #LeadLAP
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A5 their name is everything ... though i sometimes have trouble when the parents have made up their own grammar rules on how letters are pronounced
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5 since I’ve started teaching my number 1 goal is getting all the names down and right before anything else. It’s so important and the kids love seeing me struggle getting the tough right and are excited when I finally get it. #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    #leadlap It’s so easy to do. Be a child’s champion, but don’t ever give up on what they’re meant to be because they have a troubled history.
    In reply to @wlbmoore
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A4: Excuses. I find my excuses when I... -- blame someone else -- say "I'm working" instead of family time -- when a label lowers my expectation -- when I'm tired #leadlap #TellYourStory
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5- Knowing someone's name is the beginning of a relationship. When you reach out, you can begin to "hear" them. It also shows you value and see them. #leadlap
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    "Find the magic"...I love it! That's going up in my office and our lounge. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @LisaDegnan1
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5: We have a student who likes to be called “Bob” - which is not his real name. He just lights up every time somebody remembers. #leadlap
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5: knowing someone’s name means you recognize THEM. Adults and kids are the same they want to be seen and to matter. I am not super great with names so I have to work on it. Because it matters I do work on it! And I use the names to help remember them. #IWearANameTag #LeadLAP
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5: Some of our students feel invisible at school...greeting them by name lets them know they are ‘seen’ and cared about #LeadLAP
  • WallerALPHApack Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5:Oh yes! The beautifully diverse population at my school brings names I have never heard from countries far from ours. I ask Ss & their fam's at open house & curriculum night to be patient w/me & never hesitate to correct me if I mispronounce. I am learning w/them! #LeadLAP
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A4 I think sometimes an excuse can be fear-especially fear of difficult conversations that can prevent you from having those needed interactions. I am blessed with some amazing mentors and colleagues who can help me talk through it and process. Growth is NOT comfortable! #leadlap
  • jdsicking Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5: I am still practicing student names... it’s a simple “Hello, John!” in the hall that creates a smile and relationship with that student. #SayHello #ShareASmile #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5: One of the biggest complaints we get is when our sports rosters are wrong and I completely get it! That name on the paper is someone's whole world! #LeadLAP
  • gwen_henshaw Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A2: We build a love of reading and writing through “random acts of kindness.” Our students write out heartfelt quotes, statements, or words; post these on lockers, and in a matter of minutes, we’ve fostered a love for reading and writing to one another! #leadlap
  • meredithakers Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A4: A student told his mom yesterday that he likes the new principal because she “really knows me” - mom asked what do you mean? He said she knows my name and says hi to me in the hallway! One down, 974 more names to learn. Knowing names MATTERS! #leadlap
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    A5: Names have always been important to me, knowing someone's name and calling them by name. This third-grader noticed; it's important to them! Oh, and if cows with names give up to 5% more milk ....... just imagine the possibilities. #leadlap https://t.co/FU2Ac0oAY3
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:06 AM EDT
    It’s the little things, right?!? #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Ryan7Read
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    I learn ALL of my students’ names in the first three days of school, every year. It’s incredibly important for them to see I value knowing them, and it’s important for me to start making those connections right away. #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A4 I tend to make excises if I feel inadequate. During those moments, I have to shake myself—RUN&JUMP! #Cannonballin!! I will swim & I’ll learn new things in the process. When I don’t #cannonballin, I miss out on many opportunities &the SPLASH+ regret it later. #leadlap #RealEdu
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A5: Yes, students want to know their teacher cares enough about them to learn how to pronounce their name correctly. During the first few days of school we all practice learning each other's name properly. #KidsDeserveIt #YouMatter #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A5: Its important to feel seen and cared about. As a student, if you don’t care to know my name, then you probably don’t care about me. However, as a teacher, it also takes time to learn 180 names, so understanding must go both ways. #LeadLAP
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A5: Knowing names is one way to Connect and Relate. Maslow reminds us that in order for learning to happen, people need to be safe and connected. Simple, but soooo powerful! #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    Well said. #leadlap #TellYourStory
    In reply to @mrbrummet379
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A5: It’s a measure of care, respect and dignity. It matters to them, adds a sense of safety and care and interest in a Ss well being. Parent names matter too with so many different family statuses available #leadLAP
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    Thanks, Matt! You will love #SparksInTheDark #LeadLAP
    In reply to @mafost, @TechNinjaTodd, @teachermantrav, @dbc_inc, @TaraMartinEDU, @BethHouf, @burgess_shelley, @wenders88
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    Exactly. That student is now a freshman and I saw her last year and she said: "you didn't forget my name!" #LeadLAP
    In reply to @LisaDegnan1
  • JAMillner Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A5) Learning a child’s name shows them you care and they are important.#LeadLAP
  • ShakeUpLearning Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    Join the FREE #ShakeUpLearning Online Book Study! AND enter for a chance to win a book! https://t.co/EkG2MyykDj #satchat #edtech #edchat #teaching #k12 #tpt #tlap #LeadLAP #DitchBook #gttribe
  • ASMILEwithAnna Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A4: I have the hardest time being on time to anything! I don’t make excuses anymore, I just try to do better next time. The only way I know how to do this now is to actually write “time to drive from here to there” in my planner. 🙈 #LeadLAP
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 11:07 AM EDT
    A5. I work hard on this because the kids care about this. Students know when their names are not known and they call us out on that. Whenever I see a kid in the hallway I always say hello using their name. #LeadLAP
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A4: My expectations weren’t high enough. Our school goals weren’t high enough. And then I read #CultureMatters and realized from @JayBilly2 that we could change them so the focus was on all kids achieving. All of them. #LeadLAP
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5: Knowing a child’s name is one of the most important things that you can do. It establishes a sense of trust that says, “ I care about”. #LeadLAP
  • MrsKramerD123 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5: It's all about relationships. Names are really important! I try to find a way to connect with the students... something they enjoy, a place they've been, an upcoming event... their face lights up when I ask them about their "something" AND refer to them by name😊 #LeadLAP
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    Your name is who you are! My name as a kid was never pronounced correctly. It’s frustrating. I continually ask kids who have difficult names to help me learn it correctly! Faces light up when their name is used! #leadlap
  • MrLeightEdu Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    Yes! 💪 #IntentionalOptimisim #Hope #Empathy #EdChat #LeadLAP
    • fastcrayon Sep 14 @ 10:49 PM EDT
      Frustration tolerance is the one thing that can make or break a leader. Your ability to remain optimistic, to sell hope, and to practice empathy—in spite of everyone placing the weight of the world on your shoulders—determines the entire culture, and, in turn, your own wellbeing.
  • PrincipalGarden Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5: I have been going into each class and learning all of the names, I tell the Ss to quiz me whenever they see me, they love to see if I know their name, and I love to be able to personally greet them when they get off the bus or when I see them throughout the school #leadlap
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5. Knowing someone by name says “I See You”. Being seen and to belong is the first step to any connection. <— just my opinion 😉 #leadlap
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5) Our diverse student population includes many unique and beautiful names. Students and families help me learn and I have to practice. I'm thankful for our schoolwide practice of wearing name-tags. #LeadLAP
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A4: When we start talking about things that seem to be beyond our control, follow that w/what can we do here to make that better? By same token, I tend to take on blame (the other extreme!) so I try to be mindful of that as well. #leadlap
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    Q6: Chapter 12 in #StoriesFromWebb is "Switch Day". Have you taken the time to switch roles with someone else on campus, for even an hour? What did/could you learn? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • mellomama6 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5: We are a small school. I try to greet every student and parent by name each morning.They all matter! #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5 - our name is part of our identity. To not know or say a Ss name correctly, shows how little or how much we care. #LeadLAP
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
    A5 Knowing the students by name shows them you care about each one on a personal level. I’m not great at remembering names, but being at a new school I need to get into the classrooms to start learning! #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    YES! Taking time to make sure you have it right matters! So many kids will just let you keep saying it incorrectly because they are scared to tell you. #LeadLAP
    • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
      Your name is who you are! My name as a kid was never pronounced correctly. It’s frustrating. I continually ask kids who have difficult names to help me learn it correctly! Faces light up when their name is used! #leadlap
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    Thank you Greg. Create that culture of achievement and understand that we must go big or go home #LeadLAP
    • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
      A4: My expectations weren’t high enough. Our school goals weren’t high enough. And then I read #CultureMatters and realized from @JayBilly2 that we could change them so the focus was on all kids achieving. All of them. #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    A5: learning names also teaches other students in the class to value the process as well. When Ts circumvent the process to take shortcuts, other students learn some cultures are more normative than others. It blocks belonging #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    Time to SWITCH it up with Q6! #LeadLAP
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    A5: This is difficult for me with over 830 S’s to know them all. Whether it is a positive reason or discipline issue, I always start with introductions and a handshake if I don’t know the student. I also call students up for birthdays to meet the student. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    A6: When I took the food certification test, and served food in the cafeteria one day, kids' minds were blown! It was also fun to get to interact with my cafeteria team in that way #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    We do too. I'm thankful many of the kids shorten their names! Helps me!! A student was so mad at me last week cause I called her by her sisters name! #oops #theylookalike #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalFrench
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP was recently talking with someone who went by a shortened version of their name "b/c it was easier" - i said dont do that your given full name is AWESOME (dont remember the name, but it was a classic one and the shortened made you think it was something else
  • inpursuitofed Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
    A5: Yes! Knowing names is so important. Using a ss's name makes them feel known & valued; it makes them feel like they matter to someone & prevents anonymity. I changed positions this yr was bc in my last role (AP at a 2,200 Ss HS), I struggled to know Ss. #leadlap
  • tech_ela_burk Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A3: I journal. I can process grief with others w/the best of them bc I’m an open book & wear my emotions on my sleeve, but if I don’t reflect within, pray, dig into the Word, & just give it to God, I’m a big fat mess. #FaithInGod not people #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A6: Yes, I haven't done it in a while, but I had to step in for two Ts who were really sick during my planning hour. It was interesting to see how the Ss in that classroom are compared to mine. I do want to do what @MichaelJaberEDU has done and be a S for a day #LeadLAP
  • GEagen1 Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A5 #leadLAP as a person with a first name that everyone got wrong, knowing and pronouncing someone's name correctly is essential. That is their identity and their uniqueness. Our name is our first knowledge of individualism.
  • PrincipalHodges Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A5: last year (in my first weeks as the principal) I got a kid's name wrong at an assembly where he won an award. Wrote him an apology note - now I always get it right and his family and I got to know each other really well! #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A6: We have EVERY staff member switch roles with someone once a year! Last year I got to teach 1st grade for an hour while the first grade teacher was principal! So fun. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • MrDougCampbell Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    Knowing peoples’ names and saying them is BIG - especially when you haven’t known someone long. It shows you think they’re important. #leadlap #communication
  • JaysonBaker10 Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A2: Using lots of strategies from @mandyeellis #LeadLIT I also accidentally started a literacy culture builder by doing #LunchtimeReadAloud I display books on my #mobileoffice... In other words, just using inspiration from the twitterverse & the inspiring innovators here #Leadlap
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd, @mandyeellis
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    Thanks, Mark. :) #leadlap
    In reply to @markrendell31
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A5: Your name is who you are. It’s the beginning of your story. It’s what your parents gave to you w/ love. As educators, we should know it. We should use it. We should celebrate it. #LeadLAP
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A5. Students need to hear their names often- in a positive manner! This year I've worked hard to learn every name, w/ correct pronunciation, and greet Ss every morning using their names. I want each child to know they are important. #LeadLAP
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
    A5 My colleague is amazing at helping me! I'm in a diverse place w/ myriad variations of speaking & I've got a huge Southern drawl. So, we Ts practice names w/ ea other & ask Ss to help to ensure we say them well. The hurt looks in little ones' eyes push us. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A5: My goal this year is to acknowledge or recognize every student at my campus. Students love it when the principal knows their name or even see the principal. Check out the face of this student when she saw me for the first time after summer break. #LeadLAP
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A4: I found myself getting in with my Ts in the gripe/complaining sessions. The excuses that are made during that times makes it hard for me to then come back with solutions or ideas because I lost a little credibility during the excuse/gripe session. #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6 fun concept. I feel like admin should be able to understand every role on campus. It helps keep things in perspective. I also love playing the student and letting kids teach, they enjoy it too. #LeadLAP
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6- I'm taking the Safe Serve course- I help in the cafe whenever I can and to fill in for my secretary I feel lost!... Everyone has a job they are good at it and we can't think we can do it as easy as they do! #Leadlap #DoYourJob
  • gwen_henshaw Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A4: I make excuses for not doing my grad school internship hours when I feel extremely uncomfortable, or as though my ideas or voice isn’t valued. It makes me think how must our students feel when they’re in a classroom with “a teacher who doesn’t like them?” #LeadLap
  • JayBilly2 Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6: Interesting. We haven't tried this but I definitely like the idea. As I always say, each of us has a role. Everyone works hard, it's just different. Let's understand what each role is about #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6 - Ever change roles with a behavior interventionist? We all wonder - how do they do it? Those kids are SO hard! And then, you spend time with THISE kids and realize that they need to be heard too. They have minds and a future and someone must put forth the effort. #LeadLAP
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6: Never experienced a switch day. But what a great way to build community among staff. #leadLAP
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A5: Calling someone by their name is respect. I provide it to my Ss and they love it, I expect it to be provided back to me. I remind Ss when they are in the classroom and yelling "Miss, Miss"or "Teacher!" that "Miss" has a name! 'Oh yeah! Mrs. J!" #LeadLAP
  • mellomama6 Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6: I cover classes and sub when needed from PK-6. I do library each week too. Never lose touch. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A6) In my career, I've participated in Staff Switch Days. I always learn how amazing our teachers and staff members are. Me in kindergarten, oh my, I need a rest after that! #LeadLAP
  • MattDunbar_VT Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    A5: RELATIONSHIPS START HERE. DIRECTLY BELOW THIS. Carnegie says “a person’s name is the sweetest sound to them” - This holds even more true for Ss. Knowing a name means you have taken hold of step one to caring. I have chills right now thinking about importance of this. #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
    We are encouraged to go to other classrooms and sit with the class and even coteach at my school. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrsStrieter
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A6: One year before open house, we were short handed with custodial support. I spent the afternoon taking out trash and vaccuming classrooms. The awesome thing? Other staff joined me. We came together as a team. I was reminded how hard some work behind the scenes. #LeadLAP
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A6- I haven't done it for an hour, but I love this idea! I've had to step in for a secretary in the morning before school. Those dear ladies are amazing and a true blessing to our school! #leadlap
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    Embedded in our names is a cultural heritage that has influenced and nurtured our worldview and who we have become. Learning a person's name is a part of learning a person's story. #leadlap
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A6: We take over to teach a class so our grade teams can have team planning for an hour a week. I learned I can NEVER EVER teach kindergarten for more than 30 min at a time. @MissyEchtner @JordanKMichie #theyaresuperheros #LeadLAP
  • Mrs_Gilchrist Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A5: It is a way to show kids that they matter. That we see them and we respect them. That they are valued. #LeadLAP
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A5. I've seen the value in asking a kiddo how to pronounce their name, so I don't screw it up. Names are sacred and deserve to be honored #LeadLAP
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A6: I feel like as the principal, it's my role to take on whatever role is needed in the building...if it needs to be done, roll up my sleeves and make it happen along side those with maybe a different title than me. #LeadLAP
  • MajaliseTolan Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    I haven’t “switched” roles but I have done other roles. At one point I caught our custodian hiding around the corner waiting for me to finish mopping so he could redo it. I learned the complete sense of pride he had in his job and role in making our school great. #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalHodges Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A2: adding 30 second book talks next week! And doing Facebook live storytime too! #LeadLAP
  • TeamTeachUSA Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    So fascinating and still just at the A of SAMR (Augmentation)... a really good example of how intriguing tech can be and how careful teachers have to be in using it. #satchat #satchatwc #LeadLAP #edtechchat
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A5: I make a declaration every year that I will learn every student’s name on my grade level by Christmas. All 395 7th Graders this year!!! And boy do they check EVERYDAY. This shows that they are important to me. #LeadLAP
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A5: Pronouncing Students' Names Correctly Should Be a Big Deal - Education Week Teacher https://t.co/X4leGAXk0Q #LeadLAP #KidsDeserveIt #TellYourStory
  • wlbmoore Sep 15 @ 11:12 AM EDT
    A6: I have switched roles I order to cover for a staff member’s absence. I’ve done this with teachers, custodians, secretaries. It brings a new perspective to the day. It’s helped me to understand their challenges and to appreciate what they bring to the table each day! #leadlap
  • adamdovico Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A6: made it a point last year to try as many jobs as I could in my school. Favorite was working in cafeteria #leadlap
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A6 To let one of the future looping Ts meet his upcoming kids, we shuffled kids like crazy & I ended up with graduating 5th graders. Let's just say: I admire the stamina & humor of my 5th grade colleagues. I know where I belong & I am SO VERY grateful to live there! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • GEagen1 Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A4 #LeadLAP I feel that excuses are the weak man's answer to a problem. If I start to think of excuses my mind starts to focus on the actual struggle that is causing me to make the excuse. The challenge that I must tackle to remove the excuse. I hold myself accountable.
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A6: No I have not, but love the idea of such. The importance there for me is for leaders to remember what it’s like to been buried under in the trenches, I think leaders lose sight of that battle sometimes, but also Ts need to understand the weight of leadership as well #leadLAP
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A1: I take every opportunity to jump in side-by-side on a job. It builds a community and relationships. Whether it is wiping down tables, answering phones, or watching students on the playground. We need to all do our part and every job makes school a safe place. #LeadLAP
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A goal for me this year is to track a student or two for a whole day. I teach at a boarding school so this means ALL day. I want to experience their "time" and demands. Instead of pretending that "we know Ss bc we used to be them" let's re-immerse! #leadlap
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A4 Making excuses puts off, temporarily, what your doing. I learned really quickly that it’s best to be honest and open. If you need help—ask. If you make a mistake, apologize! #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A6: I love how @Joe_Sanfelippo raffles personal days in his district and then he (or a princpal) covers. Super awesome! #LeadLAP
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A6: The second week of school @KaliSlusser and I switched with our Kinder teachers so they could get a much needed 15 minutes to #JustBreathe or use the bathroom or whatever they wanted. And after 15 minutes, I was exhausted. Kinder teachers are incredible. #LeadLAP
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 11:13 AM EDT
    A5: Getting to know students names is a priority. I was called out on it by a student when teaching that told me " you call everyone buddy...do you even know my name?" So after that I make it a purpose by the 3rd week of school to know kids by the first name. #LeadLAP
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    So true! An opinion I concur with 100%. Dale Carnegie said in How To Win Friends And Influence People that the sound of our own name is the sweetest sound in the world. #LeadLAP #tlap
    In reply to @lana_cecil
  • jdsicking Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    I ❤️ this idea! Seeing the struggles and celebrations from a different POV is important! Maybe I need to play a little #Freaky_Friday and switch roles with my daughters. 🤣 #LeadLAP
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A5 Being able to greet a student by name begins to build that bond-I will double/triple check if I feel unsure to make sure I get it right. Being in 3 different buildings is a challenge b/c I don't know the Ss' names-definitely adds to my feeling of being disconnected.😔 #leadlap
  • timlriley Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A6. Wow! That would mean instead of being a sub I’d actually be a teacher #leadlap
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A5: something else to consider. Not just learning the names of the students; what does it say if we don’t know the names of other staff members? I learned early on from a maintenance staff member “how can people appreciate me when they don’t even know my name?” #LeadLAP
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A6: I have actually done some role switching at my work through having several positions and it is very eye opening. You also get an understanding and appreciation for others and what they do for our students. It is very humbling at time. #LeadLAP
  • rosalynjrobles Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    Your name is how you are introduced to the world. I ask each student if I pronounced their name correctly. Teachers, please honor your student's name, don't make comments that would make them feel their name has less value than others. #LeadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A6: We took turns teaching Science class a few years ago, so the Science Ts could tutor their kiddos who needed a booster shot. I had to teach about rocks; thankfully I had my husband to help me. I learned that third-grade scientists know a LOT more than I do. #leadlap
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A6: Yes, I was the ‘acting secretary’ on Friday. I realized how many parts of the job there are that no one realizes until they do it (just like Admin :) #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A6: I covered for our secretary a couple of times. I hung up on parents a few times....I got the hold & hang up buttons mixed up! I also tried to transfer a call, but it didn't work either! #theydontaskmeanymore #LeadLAP
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
    A6: NOtHiNG envokes the power of empathy like getting into someone else’s current reality. Don’t observe. Do. Model teaching in another’s class as coach or admin, really squashes that judgement bug and and drives meaningful change by partnership and understanding #leadlap
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    Before #leadlap finishes, be sure to stay connected to the incredible educators who have affirmed, inspired, or challenged you this morning! Follow them!
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6. Just last week I took a K class for an hour to help the T get some testing done. We sang and did rhymes and had fun, but it was a great reminder to me of how tired that T is at the end of every day, and for good reason! #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    Thanks, Ellen! #leadlap #RealEdu
    In reply to @ereid38
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6: I do try to sub in classrooms regularly. It's important to be where the magic is happening! I always love it when the kids are so amazed that I actually used to be a teacher. #LeadLAP
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A5 Knowing names gives value to every child. Students need to know you value them including their name. It builds a positive relationships and it means you care. #tellyourstory #LeadLAP
  • Mrjonresendez Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6: I have never completely switched roles with another person, but I have always felt it was important to lead collaborations where the participants role play to empathize with their colleagues and students. It creates a climate of people who respect others. #LeadLAP
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    I know those cafeteria employees look at you differently because you did so. The spirit that encourages such switching will probably end up benefiting you & your whole school immensely in days to come. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @adamdovico
  • mfguerra63 Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A2: We started a M-F online read aloud done by the staff. Everyone will have the opportunity to share their favorite book. Parents and students love it. #leadlap
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6: I didn't switch roles with anyone but every year, I scheduled a full day to be a student for each grade level all day, 5th - 8th. I want to see what students see and go through on a daily basis. I participate in activities and work like I am a student. #LeadLAP
  • plnaugle Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6: Have not participated in "Switch Day" but I'm sure it would provide valuable insight about the roles others in our building play. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory #KidsDeserveIt
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    Q7: Chapter 20 in #StoriesFromWebb is "Seven Seconds". It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. What does your school do to build a great first impression in the first 7 seconds? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A5: When I was kid no Ts at schl (aside from my T) knew me. They only knew Ss who got in trouble. Made me feel like I didn't matter. So I try hard to learn as many Ss names as I can. It really does matter. Ss even comment, "you know my name!" Parent recently noticed too. #LeadLAP
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6: It's so easy to be critical of someone when you haven't spent a day in their shoes - I would LOVE for our school to do this - even just an hour! Gonna propose it to our principal. #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    A6: A few yrs back I switched from AP to a week teaching 1 period of 8th gr Social Studies. I learned: -- RR breaks are valuable. -- Kids are relentless. -- Teaching is the world's best job. and...Leaders must tell this story ! #leadlap #tellyourstory
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
    As an Ed Tech Director I still find phones hard! 😂🤣 #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    Time for Q7! #LeadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    A5-When Ss have unique names, they come into class with a shortcut to make it easier, if it is their desire to be called another name, I will use that; however, I still learn their true name and let them know it is beautiful #leadlap
    • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 11:08 AM EDT
      A5: Knowing a child’s name is one of the most important things that you can do. It establishes a sense of trust that says, “ I care about”. #LeadLAP
  • tishrich Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    A3: It’s important to be vulnerable & authentic. Sharing the good and the bad...makes us relatable. #MLmagical #leadlap #REALedu
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    Don't feel bad. I still haven't figured out how to answer my cell phone right. But I use a lot of edtech. It's all in what we need on a regular basis. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    Oh my, what a great idea that would be, to institute a #FreakyFriday on a campus, during which Ts would trade grade levels just for a bit. Ooooooo, my wheels are turning. #leadlap
    In reply to @jdsicking
  • KatieJMcNamara Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    Interesting how everyone will raise to the bar no matter where it is set. Good to be hesitant and recognize low expectations #LeadLAP
    In reply to @Greg_Moffitt, @JayBilly2
  • WallerALPHApack Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    A6: I have never switched but have SHADOWED a behavior management specialist before & it was one of the most impacting learning experiences of my career. I couldn't have learned what I did during those days from a text book in a classroom or watching a video. #LEADLap
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
    A7: for staff we open up with a great message, we had @mradamwelcome do it this year for us. For the Ss, it's "Welcome Back". #LeadLAP
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A6: Over the summer I had the opportunity to act as the Front Office staff. I have the most newfound appreciation of how you can answer the phone, transfer the call, register a new student, sign for a UPS delivery, greet staff passing through the office, and SMILE! #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A7 try to be as personal as we can be. We work hard to build and maintain personal relationships with our families. #LeadLAP
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A6 I wish I could find the photo someone took of me shoveling gravel in my dress, heels, and walkie talkie. It was a funny juxtaposition, but showed my value of servant leadership. Do what needs to be done. #leadlap
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A7- Relationships- Greet them with smiles, handshakes, warm greetings that show you're really happy they are there! Smiles go a long way... #LeadLAP
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A7: Daily - hire amazing people! They are the face of our school and make a great impression! Special Events - have student ambassadors, they can speak to the awesomeness going on better than we can! #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A7: We have really focused on building up our front entry way. Comfortable seating, fish tanks, TVs with our twitter feed, smiling faces....oh and a GIANT lego board (which you can read about here: https://t.co/1ms2VPNyly) #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A6 Being present in other roles is vital. I love going into others’ classrooms and giving them an opportunity to breathe as well as them seeing what I do. This year has been really easy for others to see a glimmer of what I am called for daily. #tellyourstory #LeadLAP
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    I love this idea, especially if it is an emergency absence by Ts . As a Ss my principalwould sometimes teach our science class, and it totally changed the way I viewed leadership and him as a person! #Leadlap
    • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:15 AM EDT
      A6: I do try to sub in classrooms regularly. It's important to be where the magic is happening! I always love it when the kids are so amazed that I actually used to be a teacher. #LeadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    By not waiting for the first 7 seconds to come. Being proactive before school starts. The first email/letter that goes out to new parents/students is that first impression. If that is transactional, what impression does that leave? #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A7 - Smile big. Welcome with your eyes. Ask if you can help THEM. #TREATthemlikeyouworkatChickfilA #LeadLAP
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    A6: I love this idea! I haven’t officially switched with anyone, but I love to help out wherever I can—so covering a class, having my own #FalconsCARE group, or lending a hand wherever needed are often the highlights of my day! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    I've never had anyone tell me "You Name is Awesome." Imagine a child being told that by an educator. WOW #leadlap #TellYourStory
    • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 11:09 AM EDT
      #LeadLAP was recently talking with someone who went by a shortened version of their name "b/c it was easier" - i said dont do that your given full name is AWESOME (dont remember the name, but it was a classic one and the shortened made you think it was something else
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 11:17 AM EDT
    My school is visually spectacular. I've worked at schools that have a thing called "deferred maintenance." Not WRA. Every summer, this school has consistently invested in the physical campus. #leadlap
  • EdtechBUSD Sep 15 @ 11:18 AM EDT
    A7: the school secretary is imperative as first impressions go! #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:18 AM EDT
    I love board. A class favorite is my Pixel Board we have in my classroom. #leadlap
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 11:18 AM EDT
    We have ~270 students enrolled in our school. Making a point to know (nearly) every single students name makes them feel valued and important. Greeting them by name in the morning, in the hallway, or the classroom can make a child’s day! #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 11:18 AM EDT
    A7) In 7 seconds you can smile and give a welcoming greeting. With students, high fives, fist bumps, handshakes, waves, and smiles take less than 7 seconds! #LeadLAP
  • spqrmiguel Sep 15 @ 11:18 AM EDT
    A6: The principal has to be everyone when you need to step in: custodian, assistant, counselor, secretary, teacher and most important a nurturing parent for our most fragile students. I’ve been a counselor for the past two weeks since our last one was promoted to VP. #LeadLAP
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 11:18 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP A7 and remember, bus drivers are often the way kids start their day
  • MrsKramerD123 Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A7: Start everything with a SMILE😁 #LeadLAP
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A7: The front office staff works hard to maintain a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. After all that is why I wanted to work there! #leadLAP
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    I hear you! I had to put the receiver on the desk and ask some teachers to speak quietly because I didn’t know how to put the parent on hold 😂 #LeadLAP
    • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
      A6: I covered for our secretary a couple of times. I hung up on parents a few times....I got the hold & hang up buttons mixed up! I also tried to transfer a call, but it didn't work either! #theydontaskmeanymore #LeadLAP
  • mrbrummet379 Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A7-Every day is an opportunity to make a first impression. Our principal greets students as they get off the bus, etc. I love being at the front door, with other students, to greet them with a smile, elbow high-five (to decrease the passage of germs) and a "good morning! #leadlap
  • DougDunnEdS Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A7: Over the summer, we repainted our entry way, hallway, put a logo rug at the front door, and tried to make sure school colors and logos were visible in almost every location. It was LONG overdue! People just feel better walking in! #leadlap
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A7 The warm greetings, the smiles on our faces, and greeting students whom we are exited to see. #LeadLAP
  • tech_ela_burk Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A4:When things don’t go as planned, personally,strategic,CIP I’ve made excuses which causes focus too much on the excuse & past. Have to focus on doing good NOW with future in mind. Use the past as a guide. Let go of excuses. We hold ourselves accountable. #noexcuses #leadlap
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A6: This is something I have always wanted to do! I believe it would help me learn more about their “worlds” in the school, allow me to relate to their struggles, and help them feel valued! This has to happen soon for us. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    It takes fortitude to swallow first, then jump in the empathy chair, then drive to a peaceful location where growth & unity can occur. We keep our eyes on the destination and consider the journey to be the intriguing challenge. #leadlap
    In reply to @DougDunnEdS
  • gwen_henshaw Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A5: Growing up, teachers would say “Gwendolyn is too long, can I call you Gwen?” When I was a Junior in high school, my teacher chose to call me “Gwendolyn.” He acknowledged that my name meant something for the first time in my school life. NAMES ARE IMPORTANT. #LeadLAP
  • GustafsonBrad Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    Nice! #LeadLap #30SecondBooktalk
    In reply to @PrincipalHodges, @NAESP, @TechNinjaTodd
  • WallerALPHApack Sep 15 @ 11:19 AM EDT
    A7: Smiles & good morning greetings are given the minute Ss & fam's step out of cars, cross the crosswalk, & enter our school from our amazing staff on morning duties, office crew, & Ts just walking by them prepping for that first bell to ring! #LEADLap #ilovemyschool #BeTheOne
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    "Beginning of the Story." <<< This. #leadlap #tellyourstory
    • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:10 AM EDT
      A5: Your name is who you are. It’s the beginning of your story. It’s what your parents gave to you w/ love. As educators, we should know it. We should use it. We should celebrate it. #LeadLAP
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A6: We had a little #ukulele team, singers and players who sit on our windowsill to check the emotional barometer of our school family members as they enter the building, to greet, welcome and sing them into greatness! #leadlap
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A6 Well, whenever there are no substitutes I get to go in classrooms! #LeadLAP
  • Hahne_Elyse Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A7 The warm greetings, the smiles on our faces, and greeting students whom we are exited to see. #LeadLAP #tellyourstory
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    So true Justin. We have had this same convo. often, about the importance of understanding each others' roles, everyone has an overflowing plate. There is so much more to ea. & every one of our professions that others are not aware of. Always more to the story. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MrOwens_Math
  • BrettPlayter Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A7: we have an Ambassador program in which we use students to open doors, greet parents/students, and show them around our school during parent events. These students make a great first impression for our school. #LeadLAP
  • ItsAMrY Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    With a last name like "Yankay".....if I had a dollar every time an Admin mispronounced my name.......I'd make more than the CFO. #leadlap
    • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:14 AM EDT
      A5: something else to consider. Not just learning the names of the students; what does it say if we don’t know the names of other staff members? I learned early on from a maintenance staff member “how can people appreciate me when they don’t even know my name?” #LeadLAP
  • PrincipalGarden Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A7: On Wellness Wednesdays the lobby is transformed into a dance party! Ss and Ps and Ts start the day with huge smiles on their faces as they dance into school! #leadlap
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    That was my go to after the 2nd hang up!! Didn't want to do it twice to the same person! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @EdLog411
  • MattDunbar_VT Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A6: because of circumstances I had to sub 3 times last year in various English classes. I was only one year removed from the classroom at that time so much of it came back quickly but I do think it made me value our Ts (and subs) even more than I already did! #leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A7: Those morning greetings in the front of the school where I can see every kid make an impression on those who are visiting. Making others feel important begins with a big smile too. #LeadLAP
  • MrsRackleyCCMS Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A7: This year, we had our staff lined up at the front door to greet students on the first day. One of our goals for this year is to make a more welcoming space for visitors in our office waiting area! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    @TechNinjaTodd A7: We show students right away that they are in a bilingual school and that both languages matter and that they are welcomed in the school. #LeadLAP
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 11:20 AM EDT
    A7: murals, handshakes, morning meetings. @Indigoprogram the first part of the day is dedicated to connecting with each other. #leadlap
  • adamdovico Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7: We have greeters and Ambassadors who greet guests to our school (this picture is of our boot camp training) #leadlap
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7 Morning drop off is my favorite time@of day. We greet each child as though they are a rock Star with high fives, fist bumps or hugs and always with their name! #LeadLAP
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    I think the idea of that is fabulous. One of my goals is to get my administration credential, but how cool would it be for a principal to sub for a teacher for a day? Learn ins and outs of the job and gain a lot of respect for the person that is doing that job. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • annmariejakub Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7: Our Principal is out front of the school greeting every S and parent as they arrive each day. And our secretary is one of the nicest people anyone could ever meet! It's not hurting that our 60+ yr old building got some great capital improvements over the summer! #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    Yes!!! And using assigned team roles in inquiry learning develops leadership & empathy every day in the normal classroom. #leadlap
    In reply to @BrettPlayter
  • MrOwens_Math Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7: Welcoming Ss as they enter, shaking hands, personally I like to start thumb wrestling with my kiddos and smile, start with hello for kids that are not your regular Ss . It all matters #leadLAP
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    (Q6) #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • teamtomwaters1 Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    RTQ6 #leadlap #tellyourstory
  • JoanJtracy Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7. There is always a second chance. I give myself permission to think about the third impression. Too many to worry about all my failed first impressions. #leadlap
  • inpursuitofed Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7: Right now, we have the sweatshirts of each of our feeder schools on the sculptures (they look like people) in the front of the school so Ss know whatever school they're from, they're now part of our family. We also have inspirational posters hung around the school. #leadlap
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:21 AM EDT
    A7: What people see on the walls when they come in a school, matters. #LeadLAP
  • LaneWalker2 Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    Yes because then they remember your name. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @APKRentz, @EdLog411
  • jillrt Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A6 Have taught in many different positions in my teaching career so that I can understand lots of perspectives. When I'm in school, trying to always be willing to jump in for a para or teacher-love the ideas being posted to expand that to more school staff. #leadlap
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7: Taking time to greet them in a way they won't forget! #LeadLAP
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP
    • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 11:16 AM EDT
      A6: I have the ability to switch by going into classrooms to teach. When you are in a new environment for a short amount of time and have certain outcomes, ¨how can I connect with the Ss quickly to help them move forward?" with high expectations, transparency and connection.
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    I love calling kids by their entire name. Sometimes I even throw in their middle names if they allow me. #leadlap
    In reply to @gwen_henshaw
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    LAST QUESTION: Q8: The whole ideas behind #StoriesFromWebb was that every story matters. No matter who you are. That's the book is filled with stories from ALL the staff. How are you amplifying the voices of your colleagues and learning their stories? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7. I’m at a regional service center in Austin, Texas. We have music playing and take turns having someone to greet and guide. Our welcome board right now says “Be Awesome to Each Other ~ Rufus . #leadlap
  • Mrcolinhogan Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7. The thing I am most proud of, when you enter the building you see smiles everywhere kids are hugging adults the building is cheery, our school dog will want you to pet him. It feels like home or you just came home #LeadLAP
  • Howells_Owls Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7. This year we gave a little "love" to our front entry- fresh paint, welcoming colors, better flow- but more importantly, every student is welcomed with a smile, a wave, or a hug! #LeadLAP
  • KellyKastner Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7 welcomes with smiles, in my room I try to have upbeat music playing, greeting them at the door with a smile, hand shake and working on those names!! 130+...getting better each day! #LeadLAP
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7: Greeters on bus line and in the building for the first day are huge. Making sure we put a positive foot forward in the office is also huge. Finally, telling your story on social media helps parents who are looking you up as they move into the area. #LeadLAP
  • MrDougCampbell Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    Positive energy is the best first impression. #LeadLAP
  • tron2teach4u Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7: 7 seconds 1st impression starts with my secretary. I had the pleasure to hire my secretary and she is a tone setter. Her passion, love, and respect for our Ss and Parents puts them at ease. She is our PR daily & can describe our school environment & all Ts classes. #LeadLAP
  • LisaDegnan1 Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    One principal I know @emilyestes29 Greets kids every morning in the car pool I line with upbeat music and high five or fist pump. Ever child feels loved walking into the door! #Leadlap
    In reply to @mrbrummet379, @emilyestes29
  • DrP_Principal Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    A7: I moved 10 times between K-12. I knew within a minute what kind of school it was & if I was going to like it there. I used these experiences to ensure that customer service was 1st rate in our bldg. We made it a point to greet everyone like family. #leadlap #tellyourstory
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
    I know Switch Days do so much more... but if they only give us Deeper Appreciation, that alone is a powerful Impact! #leadlap #TellYourStory
    • PrincipalFrench Sep 15 @ 11:11 AM EDT
      A6) In my career, I've participated in Staff Switch Days. I always learn how amazing our teachers and staff members are. Me in kindergarten, oh my, I need a rest after that! #LeadLAP
  • gwen_henshaw Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A6: I haven’t done this, but I would love to make it a goal before the end of the school year. Empathy is one of our most powerful tools to build/sustain relationships, and I can’t imagine how much you may learn from “walking someone else’s shoes” for even 1 hour. #LeadLap
  • JAMillner Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A6) One day last year, I had to jump behind the counter walk and help our cafeteria team serve food. Our Ss could not figure out why I was serving food. You must move quick, reminded me of my days working @McDonalds.#LEadLAP
  • 3_DLeadership Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    I am also a big fan of schools who provide peer mentors for new students, and parent mentors for new parents to the district. Great way to make a first impression! #leadLAP
  • jvincentsen Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    I have to cut out early #LeadLAP. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend! #LeadLAP
  • mfguerra63 Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A4: My School is not where we thought we would be. At first, we started making excuses. We turned it around & started focusing on what will we do differently to make sure we attain the goals we set. We looked at areas needing a boost. No excuses!! Only positive action! #leadlap
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A8- Taking time to meet with them and hear what they have to say- slow down and listen, share and encourage the to share their stories through SM- #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A8: I try to make time every day to sit and chat with at least one team member. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • burgessdave Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A7: I loved the social media screen scrolling through the school hashtag that I saw at entrance of @TechNinjaTodd 's school when i visited!!! So much cool stuff in #StoriesFromWebb #LeadLAP https://t.co/K35fSRBP16 #tlap @dbc_inc
  • BethHouf - Moderator Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A7: Outside each door! #Leadlap
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    Q7: This is a hard one. For our 6th graders, I know our Leadership and Administration run an Orientation day that is super fun and helps the students get acclimated to the new school before the first day. #welcoming #fun #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    Oops. Have an N in evoked there. Hahahah. “Yikes” #leadlap
  • EMGarland Sep 15 @ 11:23 AM EDT
    A7: we play music at morning arrival to get everyone's positive vibes flowing. Back to school night was a red carpet event. Currently training student ambassadors to serve as greeters and tour guides. #leadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A8: Spending time with them. Being in their classes more. My goal this year is on Instructional Leadership. And as always, Relationships First, Relationships ALWAYS! Open door policy. Listen. #weareateam #LeadLAP
    • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
      LAST QUESTION: Q8: The whole ideas behind #StoriesFromWebb was that every story matters. No matter who you are. That's the book is filled with stories from ALL the staff. How are you amplifying the voices of your colleagues and learning their stories? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • PrincipalOgg Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A7-A genuine smile is the best thing to wear each day. Easiest first impression. #LeadLAP
  • rokstar19 Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A8 celebrate successes, celebrate learning, celebrate taking risks. The point is we need to celebrate it all. #LeadLAP
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    Q8 in case you missed it... #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • JennMBarnes Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A7 Ss have car doors opened by 5th grdrs, door held by smiling faculty. They're welcomed into our Gathering room where they choose how to start their day - puzzles, coloring, Lego's or head out to run the track. An abundance of choices, all multi-aged, before 8 am. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • mochiriboga Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    Hi!! Monica, Lower School Principal @ColegioMenorUIO in Quito-Ecuador, born and raised. I❤️Christmas! #LeadLAP #TellYourStory #MenorLearns
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd, @ColegioMenorUIO
  • shirky17 Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    #LeadLAP your teachers have time to chat??? 😉
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    On a side note, lol I just told my 9yr old, "Your name is the beginning of your story." - - - I received the strangest look a kid can give a parent! #JustForFun #leadlap #tellyourstory
  • BarbaraGruener Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A8: Every story matters; we just need to step into them and listen to understand rather than to respond. Ask LOTS of questions. Invite them to "Tell me more." Then get really quiet and listen. Happy weekend #leadlap family! Thanks @TechNinjaTodd for your example.
  • JulieGB7 Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A6: I got to do an AWESOME bucket filling collab. w/our wonderful music T. I learned so much abt some of the many challenges of being a specials T! #leadlap #BetterTogether
  • ReneeCostarella Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A8: As a coach I am to develop those I interact with. I am not the sole resource nor do I know it all! I amplify others and share and connect Ts with other Ts trials, refinements, and journeys. #LeadLAP
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:24 AM EDT
    A8: we share stories, give credit to others and make mistakes and learn from them together. #LeadLAP
  • TaraMartinEDU Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A7 Promoting via social media presence is a great first impression. I’m not sure about you, but I google EVERYTHING and read reviews. What’s the story BEFORE the real-life impression? I think that might set the tone for the 1st 7-seconds, too. #leadlap
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • GmecockPrincipl Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A7: Be unique and have fun!!! Car rider line fun. #LeadLAP #WeAreSouthwest
  • JaysonBaker10 Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A3: I have learned not to be someone I am not. When I'm moved/have an emotional response, I can't fight my response. I suspended a student for the 1st time my 1st year as admin, shut the door and wept. I need to let my team see that side of me. If you cry, you care. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • APKRentz Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    We play music every morning too! I often get caught dancing up and down the crosswalk! I love it! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @EMGarland, @TechNinjaTodd
  • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A8: At EVERY meeting give time to chat and share. Make the time. #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • Ryan7Read Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    Thanks for the great #LeadLAP today @TechNinjaTodd The family and I have things to get done today and I have a certain book from @tishrich arriving today I want to start. Everyone have a fantastic day.
  • MrsStrieter Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A8: Relationships! It is so important to learn about one another and celebrate each other. #leadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    #7-As a classroom Ts for SPED, & content leader, it's challenging to find time to connect w/more colleagues. Also, there are over 150 Ts at our school. I'm making an effort to use lunch time to connect w/more colleagues, instead of working on IEPs #leadlap
    • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
      LAST QUESTION: Q8: The whole ideas behind #StoriesFromWebb was that every story matters. No matter who you are. That's the book is filled with stories from ALL the staff. How are you amplifying the voices of your colleagues and learning their stories? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • LeslieLuck1 Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A7 Being visible at buses and parent drop off with a smile and a greeting! #LeadLAP
  • bethhill2829 Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A8: Visibility in classrooms and hallways is a great way to listen and tune into the daily successes and struggles in a school. Get out of your office!!!! #principalsinaction #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    Awesome! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @PrincipalHodges
  • lana_cecil Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
    A7. I’m at a regional service center in Austin, Texas. We have music playing and take turns having someone to greet and guide. Our welcome board right now says “Be Excellent to Each Other ~ Rufus . #leadlap
  • Greg_Moffitt Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    A7: 1st impressions are set by our awesome office team. They really are our Good Will Ambassadors. They keep the peace. They set the tone. They make the difference. #LeadLAP
  • KCreighton9 Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    Take time to ask, and listen to what they say. I often pick up little tidbits in conversation that I can then ask about later on. Learning their interests, hobbies, and stories helps me to connect with them and then share a spotlight with staff throughout the year. #LeadLAP
    • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
      LAST QUESTION: Q8: The whole ideas behind #StoriesFromWebb was that every story matters. No matter who you are. That's the book is filled with stories from ALL the staff. How are you amplifying the voices of your colleagues and learning their stories? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • BobbieFrench Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    Thanks for the great chat this morning @TechNinjaTodd and now I have to move #StoriesFromWebb higher in my to read pile! So many good books from @dbc_inc I can't read them all at once! #LeadLAP
  • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    Actually, A8 #leadlap
    • SpEdTeachLove Sep 15 @ 11:25 AM EDT
      #7-As a classroom Ts for SPED, & content leader, it's challenging to find time to connect w/more colleagues. Also, there are over 150 Ts at our school. I'm making an effort to use lunch time to connect w/more colleagues, instead of working on IEPs #leadlap
      • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
        LAST QUESTION: Q8: The whole ideas behind #StoriesFromWebb was that every story matters. No matter who you are. That's the book is filled with stories from ALL the staff. How are you amplifying the voices of your colleagues and learning their stories? #LeadLAP #TellYourStory
  • EdLog411 Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    A7: All our students come through the front door. I look forward to starting and ending every day by connecting with everyone (smiles, hugs, high 5s...students choose) #LeadLAP
  • mafost Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    That's a great story! #LeadLAP
    In reply to @MajaliseTolan
  • CastroTeach24 Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    Q8: It’s all about forming relationships with people that you work with. It’s about taking the time to know them, to talk to them, and to be there for them when times get tough. Sharing stories and experiences is just part of what we do to get through the year. #LeadLAP
    In reply to @TechNinjaTodd
  • GenvieveD Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    A7 @coacoapop talks about the importance of IEPs (Intentional Energetic Presence). It's more about the energy we put out when we interact with people - you pick up on that in the first second. The key, for me as a leader is how we develop that IEP as a school culture.#leadlap
  • DJE_29 Sep 15 @ 11:26 AM EDT
    A8: I learn a lot from other’s stories but I need to be better and more intentional about amplifying their stories. I don’t feel like I am empowered to do so, or that anyone would listen. However, I should do it regardless. #LeadLAP
    • TechNinjaTodd Sep 15 @ 11:22 AM EDT
      LAST QUESTION: Q8: The whole ideas behind #StoriesFromWebb was that every story matters. No matter who you are. That's the book is filled with stories from ALL the staff. How are you amplifying the voices of your colleagues and learning their stories?