For the past 11 years I have been collecting artifacts, memories, stories, pictures, etc in a file I call my "feel good" file. I wish I could give credit to the person who gave me this idea or encouraged me to start mine but I honestly can't remember. If it was you who gave me this idea, Thank You!
The premise behind my feel good file is that if times are rough or if something didn't go the way I had planned, I can always go to the file to bring a smile to my face. A card from a co-worker, an email from a fellow principal, a piece of art my own children drew while sitting in my office waiting to go home after school, parent letters of support, and many others are included in this file. However, I have taken a different spin to my "feel good" file. I not only include those things that bring back good memories, but I also include artifacts of times when things might not have been going so well. Why, you might ask, would I include things that weren't positive? The answer comes from the following quote from Gordon B Hinckley:
“It's not as bad as you sometimes think it is. It ALL works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it all works out. Put your trust in God and move forward..."
By including artifacts of the down times, I can remind myself that I have been through though times before and will make it though whatever is placed in front of me now. Many times we can look back and laugh at the incidents which we thought were major at the time. As long as we learn from these experiences we can grow and become better educators and people.
Here is a list of my favorites from the "feel good" file:
I would encourage every educator to start a "feel good" file. Regardless of how my day is going, I know I can always open that file up and get a good laugh....or at least a smile!
NCSA Administrator Days Presentation
July 15 2012, 11:30 AM by Brandon Mowinkel
Here is the Link to the presentation: Using Google Forms in the Office
The responses spreadsheet from the beginning of the presentation can be found here.
How to create your own "Sign In/Sign Out" form
Step 1: Retrieve a copy of the "Sign in/Sign Out" form click here.
Other forms using the same script
Bus drivers log can be downloaded here
Transportation request can be downloaded here
Finalized Transporation (for transportation director use) can be downloaded here
Wireless Access Agreement can be downloaded here
If you have questions or comments please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As educators and administrators there are many days during the school year that we have obligations that may keep us away from our kids and families. Whether it is coaching a volleyball game, sponsoring prom, taking students on an overnight trip, working on FCCLA star projects, or any of the many other responsibilities that keep us working late into the night, none of this would be possible without the dedication of our service men and women stationed across the world.
While our kids and families may have to wait a day or two to see us, the families of military personnel wait longer and with much more worry about the well being of their loved ones. So on this Independence Day, I would like to thank the fine men and women of our military who protect us from foreign and domestic threats on a daily basis and who allow us to do the jobs we all love to do. Thanks!
Earlier this week ESPN ran the following video showing the joy a family feels when their service member returns home (Grab a tissue first):
Congratulations to Meghan Schildt and Aaron Steckly, MHS Alumni, on being crowned National Champions in Digital Design and Promotion at the National Convention this past weekend in Anaheim, California. What a great an amazing accomplishment, #milfordsoar is proud of you!
Milford Jr/Sr High Principal