Thursday, November 16, 2017

Faculty Meeting Activity - Speed Dating

Everyone gets excited for Faculty Meetings, right?  There's nothing an exhausted educator wants more than after a long-day than to attend a meeting with the Principal.  Or so we believe.

This is why I put an enormous amount of value of beginning a Faculty Meeting with positive-energy, shared success, or some type of engaging activity.  This year, I have intentionally looked to implement various activities in an attempt to expand team synergy, while also demonstrating potential Best Practice.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 7th, 2017 Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

Below is the Periscope archive from the November 7th, 2017 Principal's Coffee Chat:

I believe the best way to view the video is within the tweet itself, rather than in a different window.

Thank you for viewing,

CS

The opinions shared in this blog belong to Craig Smith and do not represent the school or district in which he works.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Powerball Lottery Beatdown


  • When: 10/19/17
  • QIC: Powerball
  • The PAX: Mugshot, Glock, Klean-Up, Alcatraz, Frodo, Murdock, Sandman, Lone Ranger, Gordo, Thor, Barrister, The Nanny, Pony Boy, Sully, Dirty Martini, Shaken But Not Stirred (named today)


YHC hit the Sign-Up Genius for this date months ago, taking advantage of an adjusted schedule for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  17 PAX, one of which received their name today, were greeted by enthusiasm and 37 degrees.  I believe it was @Murdock who claimed, “The last time I posted this early it was warm.”  The shovel flag was planted and a disclaimer was given that no school will be held liable for any injuries sustained today.
Extended mosey snaked through the lower parking lots included butt-kickers, high-knees, and karaokes and finished at the bus parking lot for Warmarama.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 3rd, 2017 Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

Below is the Periscope archive from the October 3rd, 2017 Principal's Coffee Chat:




I believe the best way to view the video is within the tweet itself, rather than in a different window.

Thank you for viewing,

CS

The opinions shared in this blog belong to Craig Smith and do not represent the school or district in which he works.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Sept. 28, 2017: "Shadowed by the Principal" & #NoOfficeDay Live Blog

Updated 3:08 PM

On Thursday, September 28th, I am participating in a "Shadowed by the Principal" event.  During the spring LNC Soiree, a silent auction item was available for families to bid on the opportunity to have their high school student shadowed by the Principal for an entire school day.

The winning bidder was the Cowles Family, so the receiving student is J.D. Cowles, a Senior.  We coordinated our schedules and selected the date.  Strategically, we are currently in our Fall Homecoming Spirit Week, and September 28th is Role-Reversal Day.

Furthermore, I am utilizing this opportunity to double as a #noofficeday, which is a popular effort by school administrators to dedicate an entire school day out of their office.

This blog post is updated throughout the day to share my experiences:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Inaugural Leadership in Action Day: Sept. 27, 2017 - Twitter Media

Leadership in Action - "Creating Leaders for Life"

The LNC Leadership in Action program kicked-off with our first session on Sept. 27th.

Leadership in Action initially involves our Class of 2021.  We will add grades to the program in successive school-years and LiA is designed to be completed by the end of the student's junior year.  For our non-freshmen, we are providing exposure to various leadership digital media, special guests, etc. during the designated LiA time allotments.

In the first year, students will work to create a detailed electronic portfolio that will include seven individual narrative reflections that showcase understanding and implementation of acquired leadership skills.  More info about LiA can be be found here: LiA

Today's leadership skill-focus was collaboration and communication.

Here is some digital media from our inaugural session:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sept. 5th, 2017 Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

Below is the Periscope archive from the Sept. 5th, 2017 Principal's Coffee Chat:

I believe the best way to view the video is within the tweet itself, rather than in a different window.

Thank you for viewing,

CS

The opinions shared in this blog belong to Craig Smith and do not represent the school or district in which he works.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Philosophy of Teaching: Outside Connections - Guest Post by Melissa A. Smith (Part III of III)

Guest post by Melissa A. Smith, AP Literature and English 11 Teacher, Lake Norman Charter High School

Melissa is in her 8th year at LNC and her 12th year of teaching overall.  She was recently named the Lake Norman Charter School district Teacher of the Year.  You can follow her on Twitter (@MelAlterSmith). This essay was included in the Teacher of the Year portfolio.
Philosophy of Teaching
Part III

by Melissa A. Smith

Friday, August 25, 2017

Philosophy of Teaching: Student Choice - Guest Post by Melissa A. Smith (Part II of III)

Guest post by Melissa A. Smith, AP Literature and English 11 Teacher, Lake Norman Charter High School

Melissa is in her 8th year at LNC and her 12th year of teaching overall.  She is in her 8th year at LNC and 12th year overall.  She was recently named the Lake Norman Charter School district Teacher of the Year.  You can follow her on Twitter (@MelAlterSmith). This essay was included in the Teacher of the Year portfolio.  
Philosophy of Teaching
Part II

by Melissa A. Smith