Teachers, administrators, student affairs people, and others in education have experienced new types of stress during this pandemic. One form of stress that is new to educators of all types is “Zoom fatigue” and “COVID fog.” I know I have experienced both of these a few times! Some other stressors that may be going unrecognized … Continue reading Educators & Pandemics: Mental Health and Fatigue
Last week, I was reviewing a report that I wrote for a client and found a typo. Nothing critical but I had clearly made a mistake with the formatting that caused a recommendation to be misnumbered. At first, I felt embarrassed and wondered how I missed it with all of the proofreading I had done. … Continue reading Typos and Doing the Work Anyway
Yes. We can improve ourselves, our professional work, our families, our communities, our society, and everything in an incremental way. While taking radical and aggressive action can work well in the right circumstances, it is more effective overall to work in a consistent, disciplined, and continuous way on incremental improvements. Improve your average, do a … Continue reading Continuous Improvement: Okay If It’s Incremental?
Every organization has a culture. One aspect of organizational culture is the safety culture. For safety in organizations, culture is more important than the hardware. The safety culture is the set of perceptions about the hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks that exist in the workplace and community. Preventable safety issues and emergencies in organizations are often … Continue reading Safety Culture: What Is Yours?
Safety and emergency management are important areas for all schools. There are lots of marketing efforts put into selling hardware and other solutions to education leaders. While door locking mechanisms, bullet-resistant windows, lockdown blinds, and related hard-security items can be helpful the financial, labor, organizational, political, administrative, and community cost needed for this type of … Continue reading School Safety: Culture Over Hardware
Over the past several months, I have been thinking about improving my skills in several areas and having learned about 30-day sprints as a way to improve, I have decided that I might as well start now. This blog post is my public commitment to 30 days of writing. I will write at least 250 … Continue reading 30-Day Sprints – Round 1, Writing