During the month of August, I intentionally began the year with building relationships as my top priority. I did this by reading to classes, making positive phone calls home, and completing a Twitter chat with my leadership team.
|Reading to a 3rd grade class|
I highly encourage all administrators to read to classes the first few weeks of school. First, it gives the teacher a break. Secondly, it allows you to connect with kids. Thirdly, it gives you the opportunity to observe students. I read The Day the Crayons Quit, I can read With My Eyes Shut, and Pete the Cat. Each student shared their hobbies and interests during our time together. I can already sense better connections with my students, and I am well on my way to learning all of their names.
|Inspired by Kids Deserve It|
Kids Deserve It by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome has challenged and inspired me to make a difference in kids' lives. On August 29th, I shared a Google doc with Second and Third Grade teachers, asking them to share students names that demonstrate excellent behavior and leadership skills. By September 2nd, my admin team and I had contacted 14 parents. These calls make kids and parents smile and reminds us why we do what we do!!!
|Third Grade Student Leader|
Educational Twitter chats have motivated me this summer to develop my Professional Learning Network. I have encouraged my staff to join Twitter and participate in chats. Creek View currently has 45 staff on Twitter. In the beginning I was intimidated by Twitter and chats. Therefore, I set up a 3 question chat for our leadership team to discuss during our meeting. It was a huge success and we were in competition of having our posts retweeted. Now they can help spread the word of the benefits of chats.
|CVES Chat during leadership meeting|
Creek View Elementary will continue to celebrate the positive, encourage teachers to grow their PLNs, and make positive connections with students and parents. @CVESwarriors