Principles Penny mentioned from The Formative Five by Thomas Herr:
*Empathy: learning to see the world through others’ perspectives.
*Self – control: cultivating the abilities to focus and delay self – gratification.
*Integrity: recognizing right from wong and practicing ethical behavior
*Embracing diversity: Recognizing and appreciating human differences
*Grit: Persevering in the face of challenge.
A people person, Penny and her husband love the outdoors and especially hiking, and she had originally planned on a career in medicine before falling in love with teaching (2:00)
Penny’s early days in teaching, after switching her major from pre-med to education (3:30)
Making the move from teaching to guidance counseling (7:30)
Moving from guidance counselor to school administrator (9:00)
Penny explains her views of what a great school administrator does (10:00)
Penny explains how her experience in the mental health field makes her a better admin (12:22)
Penny’s tips for reaching students who have given up on themselves (13:40)
How teachers can learn to help students who simply don’t care (15:00)
Becoming a guidance counselor piqued Penny’s interest in administration (16:32)
Some of the unique challenges of becoming an administrator in the same building where you’ve been teaching, and Penny’s tips for dealing with the challenges and maintaining relationships with colleagues (18:30)
Be patient with yourself as a new admin; it takes about three years to feel comfortable (25:00)
Positive feedback from successful former students will be some of your best moments (28:00)
Your colleagues can help you make it through bad times in your personal life (32:50)
Three ideas to help you stay inspired and avoid burnout (34:00)
Don’t worry about what you can’t control, and then focus on what you’re best at(35:50)
Penny lists several book recommendations for school leaders (37:48)
See your students as people, give them credence, and be optimistic about their future (40:24)
The best way to approach teachers when there’s a problem (40:49)
If Penny had a time machine, here’s the advice she would go back and give her younger self when she was just starting out in administration (42:48)
Books mentioned in this episode
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