Sunday, December 31, 2017

Episode 87: Happy New Year 2018

In this special end of the year episode, Theresa, Jessica and Spike discuss their Winter Break.

Spike talked about his floating experience. He will be posting a blog about what he learned from the time in the sensory deprivation tank. Click here for the blog post on floating. 

Jess talked about her trip to the North Pole (aka Minnesota).

Theresa talked about couch time (SO important!)

We then got into a discussion about screen time. Jessica shared an app called (OffTime) and Theresa shared the app RealizD. Do you have a favorite app to keep track of the usage on your phone and what is taking up too much time in your day? Another recommendation on this topic included the book Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zambrodi, who is also the host of the podcast Note to Self.

We chatted about New Year's Resolutions and goals for balance. A podcast recommendation shared by Jessica included Lead to Win by Michael Hyatt.


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Monday, December 25, 2017

Episode 86: The Holiday Break for Principals

Source: Austin ISD
In this episode, Theresa and Spike share their final week leading up to the Winter Break. It is clear from the discussion that no matter the school you work in or the area of the country, that it can be a very stressful time. Spike and Theresa shared some ideas for student and staff recognition.

What do Principals do over the break? Theresa, who has a two-week break, plans to read, relax and disconnect. She talked about the book Culturize, by Jimmy Casas and the Twitter group that is going along with that. In addition, she has some plans for writing and maybe even organizing her office.

Spike's goals for the break are very similar. He recently purchased, Brene Brown's new book Braving the Wilderness and plans to read it. In addition, he might try to do a Float session, yoga and or a hike in the woods to decompress.

Tell us what you are doing over the break. Tweet us @drspikecook, @principalstager, @principalj and use the #principalpln.


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Episode 85: Breaking Out Of Isolation

Episode 85: Breaking Out Of Isolation

In this episode, Theresa, Spike and Jessica catch up after about a year hiatus from the podcast. It is clear that everyone needed a break to work on other projects, focus on family, and work/life balance.

Where our thumbs are going:

Flipgrid vs Recap
Brene Brown Braving the Wilderness
Snow Day Calculator
Lucy Calkins Reading/Writing
Melinda Miller's Blog Post - Progressive PD
Culturize - Jimmy Casas
Coherence - Michael Fullan
@DGriffin3 Flipgrid Fever
  • Introduce parents to teachers over summer/new semester/trimester
  • Conferences
  • Foreign Language students