Author: Spencer Campbell

Don’t try and solve the problem I just need someone to listen

Don’t try and solve the problem; I just need someone to listen. I had a student in my office today that was not having a good day.  The student reacted negatively to a reasonable request by an adult in our building. Normally, I would have a conversation about respect and how much we care about our students and why we have additional adults in our building and how important their roles are. This time was different. As I started to talk, the student interrupted me and said, “Don’t try and solve the problem; I just need someone to listen.” And so I...

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If they didn’t learn it….was it worth learning in the first place?

If they didn’t learn it….was it worth learning in the first place? From Teaching on Purpose  Been thinking about this quote for the past week or so. What does this look like as a student, a teacher, an administrator, a parent, a boss, or as an employee? Are we teaching wider or deeper, and if we are going deeper on something is it something that matters? Sometimes I think we focus on the wrong thing. What are our students focusing on? More importantly, what are our teachers being asked to focus on? Are we pushing our students and teachers...

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assumptions and why they hurt us

assumptions and why they hurt us  Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.Don Miguel Ruiz assume that because i am not using capitals or punctuation that i dont know what i am doing this may be true but then your assumption would be wrong Over the past month,  I have watched a lot of people make a lot of assumptions including myself. Some of these assumptions...

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The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin

The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death. It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing. Her husband’s friend Richards was there, too, near her. It was he who had been in the newspaper office when intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard’s name leading the list of “killed.” He had only taken the time to assure himself...

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Doing our best to keep kids in school

We just had midterms and as of this moment, we haven’t had any suspensions. Which means, that for five weeks, 1100+ plus students have been pretty darn good. I count myself lucky. While at times I miss the classroom, I couldn’t have asked for a better spot to land as an assistant principal. The community has been great, the teachers and staff have embraced me with open arms, and the students are slowly getting to know me as an administrator. The leadership team has put some key pieces in place, and I feel those small changes are making a huge difference. They are as follows. Argue by appointment. Students need to set up a separate time to discuss or “argue” about something they feel is important or necessary. We have asked them to follow reasonable requests by adults. Schoolwide tardy policy. All students are expected to be in their seats when the bells ring. Teachers are at their doors greeting students and all other adults in the building are in the halls encouraging students to get to class safely. Cell Phones are off, and accessories are away when students entire the room. If teachers give permission throughout the course of the day or after class starts, then students are allowed to have them out. Students are allowed to have phones out during passing time and during lunch. Dear. Students...

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