He has come to us with a mandate: to change the culture of our school.
He is a man on a mission and I like where he's going.
Every week our principal asks for celebrations.
We write up anything we notice during the course of the week that is cause to celebrate and send it to him via email. You can celebrate yourself, your colleagues or your students.
Since school started a couple of weeks ago, we've done only one of these celebrations yet it has changed the playing field for me. So many positive noticings are contagious. It feels good to be acknowledged and it feels even better to recognize and appreciate others.
Our principal is committed to celebrating everyone as often as possible. I for one, look forward to these weekly celebrations. They're fun and uplifting. So much so, that I think I will
find small and big ways to celebrate my students AND get them to celebrate each other.
A new tradition is taking root.
More on that another time.