(Whispers in Own Ear...)

Sometimes our eyes and experiences deceive us. In fact, if our own frame of reference is the only compass we carry we may miss the very things our students are counting on us to see. Consider the picture I've attached to this blog post. I know there's a lot happening, but try to focus on finding the three things you think the student values most based on what you're seeing in their room. (I'll circle back to this soon, but want to switch gears for a second.) I was recently having a conversation with a good friend and fellow educator when I had a powerful aha-moment. We happened to be talking about moving beyond book reports and reading logs, but we could have been talking about anything and

2 Things to Bring to Your Next Interview (and 1 Thing to Leave at Home)

If you were to ask ten different hiring administrators their best advice on preparing for an interview, you'd probably get ten different answers. It reminds me a little bit of anytime I'm on the golf course and somebody tries to tell me "all the things" I need to do to improve my golf swing! I don't know about you, but it's easier for me to think about a few key things before I take a swing at something. It's much more difficult for me to remember 10 different pointers from well-intentioned friends (or that one friend who wants to fix my golf game by changing everything about my swing). LOL Before we get too far into the weeds on my golf game, let's just say, interviewing can be exciting and

Conversations about Racism, Humanity, and Who We Actually Want to Be

Our team is continuing to have conversations about racism, humanity, and who we actually want to be, but everything I'm learning tells me the conversation and work can't stop at school. We've leaned into some of these conversations on UnearthED the past few years, but I'm humbly realizing we have so much more to do. I'm sharing a message I sent to our school community earlier this week below. As a result, I've had the chance to deepen my own learning and resolve while also learning more about the different perspectives and questions stakeholders have. I learn from every one of these conversations and am thankful for the feedback and chance to further lean into who we want to be for the stude

Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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