A Principal’s Blog You Should Read
I don’t know exactly where “G-town” is, but Kimberly Moritz is the principal at their high school, and she blogs. Check out G-Town talks. Now, if you can.
Kimberly started blogging in July. You could browse the whole archive in about 30 – 45 minutes. And if you start, you will want to keep reading.
Look, none of us know if a principal in real life resembles what they write, but this writing looks thoughtful, balanced, and open in a way that too few of our principals are. Looks pro-kid, pro-teacher.
The school, btw, sounds like 1000 kids, about a quarter Seneca with the rural(?) (maybe small town?) problems that sound familiar to big city folks.
I’m not going to track back to each of the 21 posts, but if you click more you can read some excerpts —>
Cell phones: (Cell phones, etc. in schools)
How do we reconcile the students’ desire to text and connect to friends 24/7 with the teachers’ need to engage the student?
Huck Finn: (Huck Finn)
As the principal, I struggle with supporting the teacher’s right to make decisions about content and novels and rigor and the failure rate.
On filtering: (What’s education got to do with it?)
It’s still there, kids are still curious (thank goodness) and we’re left out of the equation. Bring it on blogging world.
Alternative School: (Don’t underestimate the power of a teacher)
…working … with representatives of the Seneca Nation regarding drop out prevention. … The intent was to provide another opportunity, another way for our Native American students who are not succeeding in our public schools.
Jail: (How do we measure a man)
… a student … was struggling with a decision. … two months of jail time with 3 years of probation or four months of jail time with no probation. … He figured the four months were better because he’d never manage to stay out of trouble for three years, but he didn’t want to miss so much school.
Teacher Quality: (And more to the point. . .)
[Another blogger writes] ‘Any board member who is not paying close attention to teacher quality in the district is not paying close attention to student achievement.’” I would suggest that more to the point would be to replace the words “board member” with “administrator”.
Dropouts: (How many students may I leave behind?)
I know that some dropouts are acceptable because despite our best efforts, and I sincerely tell you we make them, we can’t do anything to change the course of their lives. I hate to put that in writing, but it’s true. And every school has those students who return every September for no good reason.
Talking to Kids: (Let’s just ignore the whole technology gig)
“Look, I don’t want you learning about sex from … (his buddies). … I want you to ask me, so I can give you good information that you can rely on AND we can talk about the implications.” That’s the same conversation we need to have with students about using the web appropriately and we’re NOT doing it.