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  • Writer's pictureJim Mercer

SamTastic Weekly Tip: 9/19/16 - Rejuvenating

This week’s tip: Find your leader’s low point of the day and schedule a

15 rejuvenating break. It will increase the likelihood that your principal will be effective in

working with others to improve performance.

There is no correlation with working longer and positive impact. In fact, the reverse is true. Principals are driven to make a difference. Often they think that working longer will get them to their destination: improved teacher practice and student learning. This just doesn’t work.

Schedule a mental/physical break for your principal at the time of day he/she is “out of gas”. It could be as simple as shutting the office door and turning out the lights for 15 minutes. Other ideas: walk the outside perimeter of the school; take a power nap; listen to classical music for 15 minutes in the car; drive to Starbucks and order a cup a coffee.. .anything to give the leader a mental break. You will be amazed how this can improve the leader’s attitude and impact. You will be happier, too!

At the last National SAM Conference two keynote speakers addressed this issue and how mindfulness exercises can help. You see these presentations in HD video at our website:

Here are direct links to the sessions:

You don’t have to make every event on TimeTrack INSTRUCTIONAL to have a positive impact. PERSONAL time is not only is necessary.

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