#MASSPchat 1/11 - What Can We Help You With?

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The Topic:
Last #MASSPchat we discussed goals for the new year along with some things that were working well and others that we needed to concentrate a bit more on second semester. There were many great ideas exchanged with chat participants sharing thoughts and offering ideas. Let’s capitalize on our group wisdom again this week and touch a bit more of common pitfalls, offering ideas and solutions that may help each other to move things forward.

Meet Our Moderator:
Wendy Zdeb(@massp) became the Executive Director of MASSP on January 1, 2012. Wendy began her career in education as a teacher at Warren, Fitzgerald High School where she taught English and coached three varsity sports. She then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at St. Clair High School in the East China School District. After three years as an Assistant Principal, Wendy was ready to seek a new challenge and she found it as the Principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years. Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Western Michigan University and her Master's in Ed Leadership and Education Specialist degrees are both from Saginaw Valley State University.

This Week's Questions:

  1. Time is a common problem. How have you found more time to be in the classroom? To meet with teachers face to face and to offer feedback?
  2. Are there specific time management things you’ve done? An app that helped? Something you’ve stopped doing to gain time for others?
  3. With the changes in curriculum, the move to SAT, and building programs there is initiative fatigue. How do you combat this?
  4. It is important to protect teacher from disruptions and loss of instructional time. Any creative ideas on how to do this?
  5. It can be a challenge to keep momentum on a book study or other initiative. How do you make sure things move forward and build?
  6. Pay cuts, being asked to do more with less and feeling unappreciated all hurt morale. What do you do to keep things positive in your building?
  7. Many of us have resolutions to be more healthy and to be intentional about family time. How are you making it happen?