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Books: The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace

As I continue to grow as a leader in a large high school, one of the things that I have intentionally been working on is how to motivate, encourage and strengthen the people that work with me. There are any number of factors that can make working in a school difficult: tough classes, tough schedules, tightening budgets, increased standards, and difficulties with students, parents or colleagues. With all of this going on (as it does in just about every school), it can start to wear or strain a staff. So how do we motivate, encourage and strengthen with all of this going on?

Recently, our counseling department picked up the book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace by Gary Chapman and Paul White, as a book study for their team. It seemed helpful and a worthwhile endeavor for them, so I too decided to read it. If you have ever read The 5 Love Languages or The 5 Love Languages of Children, a lot of what is covered will feel familiar. What is new is how it applies to organizat…

The Full Circle: Kindergarten Reflections and College Readiness

One of the interesting things about where I am at this point in my personal and professional life is that I have a bird's eye view of the "full circle". What do I mean by that? In the span of 36 hours, I attended three different events in GCISD that bring together my professional life as the associate principal at Grapevine High School and my personal life as the first time mom of a kindergartener.

Yesterday, I sat in an auditorium in my role as the associate principal of a high school and listened to college professors and admissions counselors talk about topics that are important to what lies beyond K-12.  Today, I attended a panel of middle school and high school students in my district and listened to them talk about their experiences in school. Topics of discussion for this talk centered around what students feel to be effective classroom strategies, what they like about grading and feedback, and what they want teachers to know to help them. Rounding out my 36 hours…

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