Friday, February 16, 2018

Recent Interview by an Aspiring Principal

I was recently interviewed by an aspiring principal, as a requirement for one of their graduate courses.  Here is the Q-&-A:


1. How long have you been a principal?

This is my third year as a principal.  I served as an Assistant Principal for four years, with one year as a Dean of Students, transitioning into the position after my Principal Internship.  Overall, my eighth year as a full-time administrator.

2. What led you to become a principal?

I am probably very rare in the way that I have always had a desire to be a principal from the very beginning of my educational career, even upon the beginning of my teaching and coaching career.  I was extremely fortunate to work with an administrative team during my teaching career that allowed me various opportunities as a teacher-leader throughout the school, especially as a I began my School Administration program.  Furthermore, I will always be in debt to my principal at Hopewell HS (Dr. M. Louise Jones), who allowed me to become a full-on member of the administrative team during my formal internship, reducing my schedule to 50% (which, keep in mind, as an advanced math teacher, was an enormous sacrifice on her part).  

3. How do you envision your role as a principal?

My role as a principal is no different than it was a math teacher or a coach.  The environment is different, but the purpose is the same: Leading others towards a common goal/mission, obtaining buy-in through relationship building and maintaining accountability.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

February 6th, 2018 LNC PTO Showcase/Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

Below is the Periscope archive from the February 6th, 2018 Lake Norman Charter PTO Showcase/ 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.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Digital Citizenship is for Professionals, Too

Expectations for our students should align with the expectations we have for ourselves as educators.

You can apply this belief in every realm of education.  For the sake of this post, I'm focusing on digital citizenship.

The best way to teach digital citizenship is to model it yourself, leading by example, and demonstrating the expectations.

Unfortunately, I was recently made aware of an instance of very poor professional digital citizenship, which I felt inclined to utilize for a blog post.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Celebrate the Risk

"It might be a total disaster, but I'm going to give it a shot."

The above quote was taken directly from a teacher's email recently, requesting for me to come observe an activity they had created specifically in response to students having a difficult time "connecting" with the current content.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Advice for Student Teachers: Four Tweets from the 1/28/18 #ElonEd Chat











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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January 9th, 2018 Principal's Coffee Chat - Live Stream Archive

Below is the Periscope archive from the January 9th, 2018 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.

Friday, January 5, 2018

2018 LNC Alumni Panel Archive

Recently, we held our annual Lake Norman Charter Alumni Luncheon and Panel.  We extended an invitation to our alumni to come back to participate in a luncheon, with the chance to serve on a student-centered discussion panel.

Previously, seniors had attended the panels, but this was the first year we involved our juniors.  The event allowed our juniors and seniors a first-hand opportunity to ask questions and obtain genuine feedback from their peers.

We were able to create 10 panels throughout the school with over 30 colleges and universities represented.

Below is the Periscope archive from one of the panels.

Friday, December 22, 2017

My 'Farthest Reaching' Tweet of 2017: Words Matter


Thanks 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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Three Tweets from 12/9/17 #LeadUpChat on Courageous Conversations