I trained and prepared to be a history teacher and loved teaching American history the most. I enjoyed teaching the American Revolution, the creation of the Republic, the Civil War, the Gilded Age, and 20th century history. The units, themes, ideas and words seemed to culminate in the Civil Rights movement for me. I tried…Read more New insights on leading from Dr. King
Ambition. Prestige. Honor. Position. These seem to be elusive destinations that some trek towards or elusive suitors to be pursued and won. There are many individuals hung up on title and rank and feel their own self-worth is defined by the signature line on their email or the letterhead on the company stationery. I know…Read more Are you waiting for a title?
Ok, I’m late to the party. I know that Teacher Appreciation Week technically is over, but I must admit I had some challenges in putting my thoughts down about how much gratitude I have for the teachers I serve alongside and the others across the nation who daily answer the call. For me, this week…Read more So many adults doing it for “them” – Teacher Appreciation Week 2022
I feel tired already looking at what’s coming up this week. Just so you stay in the know as well, National Robotics Week is April 2-9, National Library Week is April 3-9. National Window Safety Week is April 4-10 and National Wildlife Week is April 5-9. You can look it up. I found it on…Read more National Assistant Principals Week — AP’s doing it for them!
How are you starting off this semester? Is it a reset, relaunch, reboot or redux from the fall? I wrote a short piece for my state association this fall that talked about how we were all first-year educators in the age of this pandemic at the beginning of this year (see "Leading Virtual Learning" at https://issuu.com/dawnccosa.org/docs/9.20_issue_better_schools). Although…Read more Reflecting on lessons learned from first semester heading into the next.
Three years ago on President’s Day weekend, I posted a blog to not only commemorate the holiday but also reflect upon thoughts and statements some of our leaders have made about education. If you’re interested, you can find that post at https://ericlfox.com/2017/02/20/do-it-for-them-this-presidents-day-and-each-day/ This year I decided to revisit the topic. Perhaps we’re already tired of…Read more President’s Day reflections on education redux
What I never want to hear….“school sucks.” Or even worse, “my school sucks.” I don’t believe that teenagers are naturally apathetic. I think apathy and disengagement are learned behaviors or defense mechanisms deployed out of necessity. When children start school, they have dreams of what their lives could be. If they lose hope by the time…Read more Do it for the Disengaged!