Building and Creating Climates/Cultures

Mix to Meet/Mix it Up Student Activities

Mix it Up

Popping Back Activity

Artifact Bag


Artifact Bag Slides


Student Leadership and Conference

Student Leadership is needed today. More and more we see incidents of poor choices and poor examples of what a lack of skill building can create if students do not actively engage in approaches to build up levels of responsibility, accountability and leadership. Positive outcomes are the goals we strive to achieve and we have known for decades that student-led discussions, along with skill building result in better outcomes.

John Hattie’s research provides evidence on the best practices and the effectiveness the approach has to learning achievement. Hattie has been known to state, everything we do in education has an effect on learning, but at what level. We only have so many hours in a day to work with the children we serve so why not maximize our time by enhancing the learning and teaching practices.

Class discussions ranks high on the list of practices. I have personally pushed for vocabulary instruction, not necessarily as a stand alone curriculum but integrated into what we do daily. I have as an elementary principal place a word bank in my newsletter with challenges of words of the week and words of the month. As a middle school principal I made a bulletin board with a word of the week. I asked kids to send me a sentence using the word and I would post their response. Students who responded received a prize from me as well. The board was located in a place all students passed daily multiple times.

Professional Learning Resources and Guidance

End of the School Year Fun

Ending the school year for staff and students in a fun way helps to create an environment of joy. Looking forward to Friday is fun when you have something exciting to look forward too! There are several ways you can engage staff and students in this Flamingo Fun! Here are a few ideas!

Leadership Resources and Guidance

Two Rule School Approach

A visual of Two Rule Philosophy


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