Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fabulous February Staff Fun!!!

Does it feel like February can be the armpit of the school year? Well not any more! For the past few years, quite a few years actually, some of the principals in my district have hosted "Fabulous February." You will notice in the pictures and documents below that there are no rules.

ALL CREDIT goes to Dr. Rhonda Bishop at Orchard Hills Elementary! She started it:) 

Purpose: January and Feb. can be really long months. Inside recess. Snow days. 3rd quarter blues. Sickness. These activities are put in place to liven things up a little bit.

Guidelines: Things to think about.....
  • Principal and secretary do most of the work:) Teachers have enough to do and this isn't meant to be more work for them. There are a few things they need to do but it's all in the name of fun.
  • Include students when appropriate. I count on my teachers to take care of the kids but some of the activities are fun for kids too.
  • Start small. Maybe just Fabulous Friday's in February and do something fun on Fridays. Still gives everyone something to look forward to.
  • If you have a teacher climate team turn it over to them.
  • Survey the teachers as to what treats you have done in the past that they like. Since we have done this for so many years Dr. Bishop asked her teachers what they liked the most. You will be surprised that it is the FREE stuff they like a lot;) 
  • Budget: I am allowed to use "pop machine" funds for most of this. But teachers don't mind to pitch in a little if you just ask. My teachers have paid for Sonic Happy Hour in the past.
Check out some of our past Fabulous February calendars:

Dr. Bishop 2015

Willard East 2015

 Check out Amber Teamann's version for this year! The fund is spreading:)

Or your staff can play ConnectED Bingo!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Facebook/Instagram Scrapbook

Yes, I actually have a paper copy of my Facebook and Instagram posts! It was one year ago today that I discovered My Social Book. It takes all my Facebook posts for a designated time period and puts them in a "magazine" type book.

Before discovering My Social Book I didn't have a reason to post very much to Facebook. I think/thought my every day events were really nobody's business and who would care anyway. I don't really care if anyone sees what I post. If it's helpful, great! If not I guess they can "un-follow" me. I have "un-followed" A LOT people.

Instagram is my favorite and I have created a much larger archive of my life there than in Facebook this year. Probably because not as many people are on Instagram. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I think I am going to order a separate Instagram book. I noticed that when I linked both accounts it prints duplicates if I cross-posted to both accounts.

My kids LOVE this. They love all my picture books. I forgot the value of scrapbooking until I saw my kids pour through all my scrapbooks. I will definitely do this for them when they join social media channels. Maybe this is a good teaching tool for posting appropriate things? Hmmm?

Costs approximately $55 but I don't feel like I post as much as most people. More you post, more expensive I assume. But you could print in small date ranges a little at a time? 

Proud Social-Booker Pinterest board

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Take a Peek Into #APrincipalsDay Jan. 7th, 2015

Education Week has challenged school principals to share pictures of how they spend their day on Wednesday Jan. 7th. If you follow the hashtag #APrincipalsDay on Twitter and/or Instagram you will finally find out what happens behind the scenes.

Edweek Article < Click here
Our aim is to gather a wide variety of images from school leaders in remote, rural, suburban, urban, and even international settings to show the differences and similarities that principals share in their demanding, yet rewarding jobs.
Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the job of the principal you will not get a complete picture of the day in the life of a school principal. But you should get pictures of the best parts!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The 5 Days of Christmas Teacher Treats

Because I can't keep up with TWELVE!!! Thank you to my Voxer group and +Jay Posick for helping with this again this year. I think Jay did this last year and we all jumped in midstream. This year I let our group of principals share ideas then I took the best ones!:)

Since it is AFTER Christmas (better late than never) and you might want to use these next year here is my recommendation....

Go to your calendar and on Dec. 1st add "5 Days of Christmas." Then include a link to this post as a reminder. Example: I use Google calendar. Any time I come across a time specific or holiday idea I add it to my Google calendar as an event. In the description I include a link to the post/picture/idea so I can look at it when I actually need it. Make sense???

Click here for PDF Copy

The how.....
  • I created all of the images on my phone, using the apps listed above, and attached them as images to a Remind text message.
  • I scheduled the text messages in advance. Sunday, before the week started, I scheduled all of these. (Remind has the "scheduling" feature.)
  • Just for fun these were all scheduled at different times. Created suspense:) It was fun. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Blog More Often

So the two people who still read this blog asked why I don't blog more often anymore? That's a good question so I thought I would at least make something up. Here goes....

In order to blog more often my girls will have to rely on a diet of cereal, frozen waffles, and/or ramen noodles. My daughters are now 9 and 6 years old. I think back to my glory days of blogging and they were still drinking from a bottle. Or they were toddlers. You can put anything in front of a toddler. Whatever foods they don't throw on the floor become their meal for at least the next month. Nowadays I do try to prepare a decent meal at least 3 times a week (for a good week).
I also think I could blog more often if the laundry did itself. This pile of laundry just gets moved from the bed, to the foot of the bed on floor, back to on the bed in the morning! 
I actually think there is more laundry on the couch in the other room when I took this picture. 

I LOVE blogging! I have tons of ideas. Sharig helps everyone. I love reading blogs. I wish more principals/teachers blogged. I even have planner specifically devoted to blog planning! 
But its empty.
For now I will do the best I can. I share a lot of my ideas on Instagram now because so quick and easy. Maybe you can follow me there until the next phase of life that gets easier? But I've heard  the "easy" part is over:)