Flip My Meeting Part 2

Part 2 of Flip this Meeting

Useful Google Tools to help flip your faculty meetings:

I will share each week tools found with Google.  This week I am sharing Google Drive.  Google Drive is simply awesome to use.  It is similar to Dropbox.

Google Drive- In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear.

Create and Collaborate

Share the way you want.

You can share files or folders with anyone, and choose whether they can view, edit or comment on your stuff.

Start a discussion.

Create and reply to comments to get feedback and make files more collaborative.

Go back in time.

Google Drive tracks every change you make—so when you hit the save button, a new revision is saved. You can look back as far as 30 days automatically, or choose a revision to save forever.

Google has everything you will ever need for a meeting.   Try a Flipped meeting this time.  Have all the information disseminated to your team prior to the actual meeting. This cuts down on all the background.  A Flipped Meeting allows a group of people to get together and spend a productive amount of time making decisions and plans.  Don't waste time with your staff.  Your time and their time is precious.   Try Google Drive.

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What do you use to streamline your meetings?


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Google Trends for November


Searching trends is a great way to see what's popular. Use this gadget to see what people are searching for on your own website. For example, show your readers which American Idol contestants are searched for the most.

How it works:

A free Google service that provides charts that show how often words, phrases and topics have been searched for over time. Using Google Trends you can compare up to five topics at one time and also see how often those topics have been mentioned in news stories and find out in which geographic regions the topics have been searched for the most. Google Trends also offers "Hot Trends" which is a snapshot of top 40 fastest-rising search queries in the United States.

Sample of Today's Hot Trends:


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Quote to Live By

Do you agree?  Share your thoughts.

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Google's What Do You Love

What do you love?  

I have to admit that I love this website.  I regret that I didn't think about it before now.  It is simple.  Just enter a topic in the search box and see what happens.
(what do you love)

For example, I entered iPads in the Classroom.
I received the following hits:
-videos of ipads in the classroom
-blogs related to the use of ipads in the classroom
-pictures, images
-the latest news about ipads
- and much, much more

Check it out and learn more by watching this Youtube Video.

Tell me what you think.  What do you love? 


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A Google A Day

A Google a Day

How it Works:

1. Google asks a question.
2.  You find the answer.
There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer.

Check out the Lesson Plans


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Teaching Writing in Elementary and Middle School

Teaching writing to students can be a difficult task.  Writing is a big focus this year on my campus.  Here are so great resources that I have found.  Click on the images below to find out details of each.

Four Types of Writing Posters


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Six Traits of Writing Posters

Six Traits of Writing Posters


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Tech Envy Part 3

Go anywhere and always have your files with you on your wrist.  
You don't have to worry about losing it or having to keep it in your pocket or purse.  It is stylish on your wrist.

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5 Levels of Leadership

Look what I'm ordering!  I can't wait to read it.  

True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.


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Staff Development on Setting Goals: GPS Activity

Growing Productive Students (GPS)

Intro:  I participated in a similar activity a few weeks ago and found the idea behind it exciting.  I tweaked the activity to fit my campus needs.  This could be used in a business  or school setting. It is very universal.  I named it GPS because of the "direction" and "map" references.  Try it out and see what you think.  We all have goals.  The goal(s) may be personal or professional.  If you do not have a goal or set goals, how do you know where to focus your energy each day?

Staff Development for setting goals:

Purpose:  To help your staff know the goals for the year.  As leaders, we are responsible for moving our staff in the right direction.  Sometimes we get off in different directions but the leader provides the road map and direction for the staff.


1.  Using about 10 sheets of paper, write a goal on each sheet of paper or Download here: http://www.principalprinciples.com.

For example:
Student engagement

2. Hang these all around the room so they are spread out.

3. Ask the group to visually locate one of them as a goal they will work towards this school year. No one shares their goal until the end of the activity.

4. Everyone stands and takes 5 steps toward their goal.  While on the way they are making sure not to indicate to any other team members their goal. Now Stop.

5. A person standing closest to you will now become your team leader. This person now leads you toward their goal. This is now becomes your new goal. Reason: Sometimes other people influence us on our journey and we become sidetracked.

6. Take 5 more steps to your new goal with your partner.

7. Don’t become sidetracked this year. Know where you want to go and lead your team in that direction. Is this where you want to end up?  

8.  Set the goal for the campus.  Make sure everyone is moving toward that goal.

As the leader of your business or campus or district, it is our duty to make sure everyone is working towards the same thing.  If not, we will all end up in different places.

I ended the training with this video.  A band is under the direction of the drum major and the band director.  The school or business is under the direction of a leader.  It is the job of the leader to keep everyone in unison so we all move at the same time and in the same direction.  Enjoy the video! 

Teachers analyzing data in small groups and then present the data to the rest of the group.
If you see something in this blog that you like, please share with your co-workers or comment below.  

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Teaching in the Digital Age

I was observing in a classroom this week and this is what I observed.  This puts things in perspective and reaffirms why I do what I do for the people I do them for.  

iPads in the Classroom

This is a picture of students using QR Codes in one of my third grade classrooms. During math, students solved multiplication problems then self-checked using QR Codes.  

The use of iPads and other technology in the classrooms is the new normal in many schools and classrooms.  Is it in your school?  School leaders should provide students and staff with innovative strategies to embrace and integrate technology in the classroom.

Looking for tips on using tools in the classroom? Teaching in the Digital Age is a great resource for educators to add technology across the curriculum.

I love this YouTube Video of QR Codes.  So Cute!

For more technology tips view my website at: http://principalprinciples.com

If you see something you like, please share or comment below.  I would love to hear your feedback.


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Leadership Tools for School Principals

Leadership Tools for School Principals is a survival guide for those who are, or who aspire to be, effective school principals. Dr. Nelson Coulter leverages his many years of experience as a school principal and educational consultant, both in rural K-12 schools and in large comprehensive high schools, to provide school leaders with a tool chest of practical ideas. Coulter acknowledges that the myriad of tasks required of principals frequently overwhelms and often distracts from the primary learning-centered responsibilities of school leaders. Found in Leadership Tools for School Principals are strategies for managing documents, meetings, calendars, announcements, phone and e-mail communications, as well as ideas for instructional multi-tasking. Perhaps more important than the logistical strategies included, the book also conveys a way of thinking for school leaders that keeps them anchored to the primary objective of their work and that of their schools - the LEARNING process.

What I Learned from Nelson Coulter:
I had the pleasure of hearing Nelson Coulter speak at a seminar on October 29, 2012.  He signed a copy of the book I had won.  I will never forget these two things he said which are also found in this book.
     There are two standards I use to determine the approach I take with a faculty member who may be struggling or underperforming.  Those two standards are:
  •      Is the underperforming person able to get better (at a pace that is acceptable to me)?
  •      Is the underperforming person willing to get better (at a pace that is acceptable to me)?
Best Wishes to you Stephanie, Nelson Coulter 10/29/12

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Reacting to Change: Five Monkeys Presentation

Go to my website at http://principalprinciples.com and down load the presentation of Five Monkeys.  Five Monkeys is part of a staff development for Change.  

Change is hard and unsettling at times.  It can knock us off balance and push us beyond our comfort zone.  Some times we have trouble just keeping up with our daily routines.  However, at times we have to abandon what isn't working and try something new.  Our responsibilities in life can be demanding, and consume our energy.  This leads us to react positively or negatively to it.  However we decide to react, change is the one thing that is always constant.  Attitude plays a big part in the success or failure of our change.

Download the presentation here.

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Provide A World Class Education

Provide a world class education for our children.

Our schools are built for learning.  We are in the business of teaching and learning.  What are our highest aspirations for our students?  How do you know if we are fulfilling their dreams?  Start today providing the best instructional strategies for your students.

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STAAR Test Resources for Principals and Schools


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Will Social Media Choose the Next President?

Social Media Election

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