When the content lacks meaning and/or is presented in way that doesn’t connect, learners disengage. Adults are NO different than kids.
It happened while sitting with not only four of my favorite principals, but four of my favorite people - Hamish Brewer, Todd Schmidt, Andy Jacks, and Nick Proud. Hamish simply snapped a selfie of our group. The photo was shared and a hashtag was born.
I don’t think we expected much of anything besides a little joke with the #MomsAsPrincipals group that we are connected with.
But all of a sudden, it was game-on. Next thing you know, we’d created a Voxer Group, Twitter and Instagram pages, and a flood of other ideas were born. We got a profile picture taken as the "Founding Fathers" in the "City of Brotherly Love." We put-out a challenge on Twitter for people to share a picture of them with their kids using the hashtag #DadsAsPrincipals - and tweets have been streaming in for the past several hours!
We went to lunch and met up with Danny Bauer, who we had just met for the first time earlier in the conference. After sharing our idea with Danny, we did an impromptu episode with him for his podcast, Better Leaders Better Schools, talking about being a principal, a dad, a husband, and how to ATTEMPT to balance all of those things. Check-out the podcast, which Danny told us would probably release sometime next week.
It has been an exciting afternoon. Between the Tweets, the podcast, the ideas, and in-general conversation - it has been energizing!
I don’t know what this will evolve into. I don’t think any of us know. But I do know that it is exciting to talk about these two topics that we are very passionate about and are deeply personal to us. We don’t think of ourselves as being great Dads and/or Principals. We know we are not perfect. We’re aware that we all have areas to improve upon - and we want to! Which is why it is so much FUN to talk about these topics - being a Principal and a Dad with such a great tribe of like minded friends.