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My COVID-19 Diary: Is that even true?

I suspect that many families are experiencing a phenomenon that occurs occasionally in my house.  We have a multi-generational household in which a political debate could break out anytime all the adults under this roof find themselves in the same room together, which, as you might expect, occurs more frequently now than it did 6 months ago.   Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Principal in the Coal Mine #2

Don’t try to “win the quarantine”. Compelled to remain at home, the restless school leader conjures a host of what seem like reasonable ideas to make an impact during this unusual time. Be suspicious of this instinct.  Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Wednesday un-Focused

My son is a senior. The other day he told my wife, “I think my high school graduation is going to be on Roblox. I’m building my avatar.”

There is a science experiment going on in middle school lockers all over our country right now. What happens when ______  ( insert name of food item here ) is left to decay at room temperature in a narrow metal box for three months. Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Goldilocks Tasks

In layman’s terms, this is often referred to as the Goldilocks Principle, not too hard, not too soft.  Your nine-year-old is clearly not excited about cleaning that nasty area behind the toilet in your basement, a burden you’ve been putting off for months, and with good reason. The task should have a finite goal and be sufficiently challenging to take at minimum one hour and ideally an entire day, yes 24 hours! Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Principal in the Coal Mine

As a middle school principal in the New York Metro area, I guess that makes me a  “Principal in the Coal Mine”.  So I’m going to offer just a few ideas for my colleagues who may be a week or two behind us here in New York (leaving open the possibility and the most ardent HOPE,  that we can ALL avoid the dire consequences of this pandemic). Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Friday un-Focused #2

My daughter’s idea: people can leave the house and go wherever they want but they have to always be riding a bicycle. If you get closer than 6 feet you’ll probably crash, so it’s mostly safe. I told her I would inform the governor. Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Grandpa, why don’t you shake hands

My grandmother saved the string that you get on a cake box from the bakery. You know, the really thin red and white striped string. I never once in my life saw that string get used but she had it.  She also re-used tissues.  They were hidden in her sleeve (you never sneezed in from of Nanny). Continue reading

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My COVID-19 Diary: Who’s in your PLN?

If we do not create a network using the tools that technology makes available, then our PLN will be confined only to those individuals who we interact with face-to-face.  Continue reading

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