07-05-15 Chat Archive

Building a Positive School Culture with @bradmceachern

  1. A1 everyone working toward the same goal of true S success. Really excited and passionate even when it gets tough #txeduchat
  2. A1: Student leaders, staff collaboration, high parental involvement, Shared leading model with a supportive administrative team #txeduchat
  3. A1: A school where everyone is accepted for who they are. #txeduchat
  4. A1: Collaborative, supportive, inventive, courageous...from the whole school community! #txeduchat
  5. A1 - one big huge family that accept everyone. Positive, encouraging, and collaborating. TEAM! #txeduchat
  6. A1: In my dream school culture... -All take risks -All challenge &support others -All push themselves to learn -We celebrate all #txeduchat
  7. A1 - proactive, positive, creative, outside-box thinking, difference-embracing, enthusiastic, positive. #txeduchat
  8. A1 ALL stakeholders putting students first. First question asked would be: What is best for kids? #txeduchat
  9. A1: "Where everybody knows your name; and they're always glad you came!" A culture of kindness and hope, of dreams and growth! #txeduchat
  10. A1: #txeduchat Community as a whole school not individual classrooms, celebrate successes, learn from mistakes and promote the process!
  11. A1 My dream culture: Ts & Ss fearless of failure, innovation & risk taking the norm; SAFE, inviting, #purplecow REMARKABLE! #txeduchat
  12. A1 A collaborative & innovative engine producing 21st century citizens #txeduchat
  13. A1: Where we actively work to lift others higher than they think they can go. #txeduchat
  14. A1: Ss needs above all else. Lots of collaboration, innovation. Everyone in it to prepare Ss for THEIR world. #txeduchat
  15. A1: Ideal school culture would have a supportive administration and collaborative staff with student success as the main goal. #txeduchat
  16. A1. Team work makes the dream work! Love the team we are creating for Ss. #txeduchat http://t.co/JDwUUB18qN
    A1. Team work makes the dream work! Love the team we are creating for Ss. #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/JDwUUB18qN
  17. #txeduchat a1. My dream school culture gives kids a voice and focuses on happiness and not test scores http://t.co/dq7976G1Xn
    #txeduchat a1. My dream school culture gives kids a voice and focuses on happiness and not test scores pic.twitter.com/dq7976G1Xn
  18. A1: In my ideal school culture, we ask questions to seek to understand, not to complain. #txeduchat http://t.co/F5cIMPas2z
    A1: In my ideal school culture, we ask questions to seek to understand, not to complain. #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/F5cIMPas2z
  19. A1: My ideal school culture values collaboration over competition. Lift each other up! #txeduchat
  20. Q2: What factors contribute to a positive campus & district culture? #txeduchat
  21. A2 - leadership, positive attitude, willingness to try & fail & learn from that, willingness to think outside the box/norm #txeduchat
  22. A2: Positive and motivated workers with the right attitude and passion for what they do! #txeduchat
  23. A2 need some positive people in place throughout. Admin, Ts, Janitorial, Transportation, -these people will ignite sparks #txeduchat
  24. A2: A strong vision w/goals in place. Leaders who share that vision and implement steps to support staff in reaching those goals #txeduchat
  25. A2 Understanding.Listening. Relentless endeavor to impact culture w/ every decision.We influence +/-..Q is, which will u choose? #txeduchat
  26. A2: we can say it starts w/admin, but it really starts w/me. I have the power to create positive or negative. #txeduchat
  27. @MelissaBalcom Hard to build relationships & trust when you won't be transparent with others. #txeduchat
  28. A2 Everyone needs to BE...nice. So basic, yet highly under appreciated and overlooked. #txeduchat http://t.co/Yxi4X1yneh
    A2 Everyone needs to BE...nice. So basic, yet highly under appreciated and overlooked. #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/Yxi4X1yneh
  29. @BakerLovesBooks Yes, success shouldnt be measured by volume but by improvement however little. This makes taking risks bearable. #txeduchat
  30. @stuartkellynz investment leads to relationship building, which is the backbone to positive culture within any organization #txeduchat
  31. A2: Supportive and strong leadership is essential for maintaining positive culture. #txeduchat
  32. A3: Unwillingness to change, rigidness, a "culture of fear". Have to treat each other w/ respect and value one another. #txeduchat
  33. @MatthewFrattali this is where being an interdependent team focused on a shared purpose is crucial. #txeduchat
  34. @BakerLovesBooks - I believe in managing up & out - creating influence thru example, listening & valuing admin's/Ts/Ss p.o.v. #txeduchat
  35. A3) Lack of vision which leads to lack of communication which tosses everyone into a mistrust spiral #txeduchat
  36. A3: gossip, fixed mindset, fear of change, lack of support and encouragement, all about the test... #txeduchat
  37. A3. Goal is to build trust and confidence & reduce fear and conflict. #txeduchat
  38. A3: Negative talk--griping, gossiping, disrespect toward kids and staff, etc. It must be addressed. #txeduchat
  39. Sounds basic but it is a priority. We can disagree & still be nice. Must work thru it without pain. #txeduchat  https://twitter.com/steph_frosch/status/617866561131556864 
  40. A3: Jealousy, fear, intimidation, and control. We avoid them by focusing on our reason for being there each day - the students! #txeduchat
  41. A3 The status quo is one of the largest road blocks I've seen as a new T. Give Ts freedom to inject creativity to squash it! #txeduchat
  42. A3: Too much talking about the problems instead of the solutions. Focus should always be on the fix! #txeduchat
  43. @genevie79cr all in all the time. Sounds bold but so are the stakes. #txeduchat
  44. @steph_frosch Very under-valued component but one that definitely has a huge impact on campus/district or classroom culture #txeduchat
  45. A3: Poor communication - leads to gossip, misunderstandings, problems, and teachers who don’t believe in the school and mission #txeduchat
  46. A3 - discontent.negativity. We can avoid those by meeting them head-on, open discussions, working together. Communication is key #txeduchat
  47. A4: poor communication, fear, gossip- we have to step above the clutter & create transparency in our schools #txeduchat
  48. @TeachBaker Communication is always a key to success! We have to take the time to listen and communicate! #txeduchat
  49. A3 - constant complaining. We can make it a point to focus on the positive things happening and count our blessings. #txeduchat
  50. @joshua_shepard we have an open door policy. Parents use and respect this policy. #txeduchat
  51. A3: Hiding good practice. There are some great teachers who are not confident and don't share. #txeduchat
  52. #txeduchat A2 One thing about my kids schools (last one graduated last month) is how inaccessible they are if you don't go there in person.
  53. A2: For our districts- we need to view each position as a team. We have to have all players valued and working together #txeduchat
  54. A3: It helps to remember that we don't always see the whole picture from where we are standing. It's a difficult thing to accept #txeduchat
  55. A3: #txeduchat Unfortunately it only takes ONE person who doesn't believe, combat this with showing them why they should believe POSITIVELY!
  56. A3 poor communication at all levels. Don't just believe what you hear. Research-see what's up. Ask how u can change it Help out. #txeduchat
  57. A3: Apathy & poor attitudes. Avoid these by keeping the staff motivated who then keep the Ss motivated! #txeduchat
  58. A3: Energy Vampires. There are people who work on each campus that look forward to sucking the positive energy out. #txeduchat
  59. @nathan_stevens #txeduchat I'm intrigued. What's with the puppets? We once made them and put on Shakespeare. I was "that crzy T" Kids <3 it!
  60. A3: Top-down mandates, fear, distrust...not being open to feedback. #txeduchat
  61. A3: Shutting down ideas or concerns,"because we never did it that way before." #txeduchat
  62. @prosperitygal #txeduchat Yes I feel school does not value that mistakes are allowed by Ts to re-iterate students' test scores.
  63. Leadership talks to Ss daily. Nothing in my eyes makes me believe in an Admin. more than watch him/her develop relationships. #txeduchat
  64. A3: Negative influences on campus culture: -avoid challenges -give up easily -ignore critical feedback -no celebrating success #txeduchat
  65. @ThomsonAUS Very true observation Paul. It speaks to someone's character, positive or negative! #txeduchat
  66. When Ts feel disconnected from Admin culture suffers...Admins must recognized when they have not made time for collab #txeduchat
  67. @SISQITMAN listening is something I'm really working on. Everyone doesn't want/need it fixed, they need someone to listen. #txeduchat
  68. A3: Define what venting looks like so it doesn't turn into complaining and excuse making. Vent and move on! @judyjablon advice! #txeduchat
  69. A3 Getting caught up in "that's how we've always done things" rather than looking at current research & student needs #txeduchat
  70. #txeduchat A3 I would say disrespect and intolerance can negatively impact school culture. Must create a safe and open learning environment
  71. A3. Discussing and agreeing upon a set of working values has the power to immediately elevate the organizational culture. #txeduchat
  72. A3 the phrase "could you run that by me before you try that or just about anything you do" #txeduchat
  73. A3: Taking our eyes off the prize. Our goal is learner success. Decisions where that is not the goal inspire negativity. #txeduchat
  74. A3 Poor communication, management thru fear, micromanagement, fun-suckers. #txeduchat
  75. A3 Not doing what's best for kids will destroy a positive school climate. #txeduchat
  76. @Daynateach Flood them with positive comments! Smile at them daily. It will take the wind out of their sails. #txeduchat
  77. YES MT @daisyray215: A3 poor communication at all levels. Don't just believe what you hear. Research-see what's up... #txeduchat
  78. A3 Fear tactics, focus on a culture of earning (grades, GPA, test scores, etc.), disconnect from authentic learning... #txeduchat
  79. @mrdearybury1 Yes, got to keep the conversation solution orientated...why because kids matter! #txeduchat
  80. A3: Hal Urban says "What we permit, we promote." Toxic, negative energy snowballs, can poison culture. We must "care-front" it #txeduchat
  81. A3: A climate of gossip rather than communication. Share the vision and road map #txeduchat
  82. A3: Focus on scores and creating competition. Single-minded rather than team. Poor communication. Too may cooks in the kitchen. #txeduchat
  83. for Ps - be available. Reach out in all diff forms. Open communication lines and build trust from day one - build positivity #txeduchat
  84. A3: A culture of competition can be toxic and stifle growth as a professional learning community. #txeduchat
  85. #txeduchat Leaders who haven't forgotten the fun of learning. People knowing how and what you do via social media is pretty magic too.
  86. #txeduchat A2 School's should have accessible websites (no plug-ins). Curriculum nights should happen over a period of time not once.
  87. A3: Making sweeping changes without getting input from faculty and staff. Buy in is so important! #txeduchat
  88. A3: #txeduchat Invite them in help them become a part of WHY you believe in what you do everyday and represent that WHY all the time...
  89. A3: This! 👉 Driving a "Culture of Confidence" ... nuture
Flipped Leadership! via @larryespe @Gary_S_King 
    A3: This! 👉 Driving a "Culture of Confidence" ... nuture Flipped Leadership! via @larryespe @Gary_S_King pic.twitter.com/aGD93RT5fG #txeduchat
  90. Q3: Focusing on things out of our control and letting that be our excuse to not succeed. #txeduchat
  91. @BakerLovesBooks - Love the mindset that we're in charge of making connections & be a source of encouragement whenever possible. #txeduchat
  92. A3: Leaders that don't listen to their staff, community culture, negative and undervalued staff. These can be catastrophic! #txeduchat
  93. A3 Withholding deserved & authentic validation undermines a positive culture. No one was ever damaged from sincere praise... #txeduchat
  94. Why do those drown out positive voices? RT @julie_wenger: A3 Negative Nellies, Wahhmp wahhhmmmp #txeduchat
  95. School Culture is intentional...what is your intention for your school...that will be the culture #txeduchat
  96. @stevencox25 That is a great term! Like with vampires, sunlight shown on them tends to turn them to dust! #txeduchat
  97. A3) Negativity, judgemental tones, lack of vision. Not smiling or having fun. Not realizing how lucky we are to be teachers! #txeduchat
  98. @DiggsHill it's the difficult conversations that we need to have with others that allow us to grow #txeduchat
  99. A3: poor communication and not believing the best of others. Sometimes admin doesn't have a choice - we just don't know that #txeduchat
  100. A3 Fear. Control. Using "time" as an excuse, making decisions based on convenience for self not Ss, failure to "START" #txeduchat
  101. A3 pessimism and gossip, ignore do not repeat to anyone, and speak positively to all you see each day #txeduchat
  102. A3-poor communication, letting bad feelings fester, no outlet for bad feelings #txeduchat
  103. A3: Things that negatively influence campus culture: -Ignoring teacher feedback -Top down -Gotcha culture -Old habits #txeduchat
  104. A3: Think easiest way to damage culture is have folks build silos & isolate as teams, grade levels, etc. Comm/collab = key #txeduchat
  105. A3 Gossip,disrespect,negativity.When we feel negativity,thing about your passions to pull you from negativity's slippery slope. #txeduchat
  106. A3-Lack of vision, scattered priorities negatively impact campus culture. #txeduchat
  107. A3: Not getting teacher /parent buy-in 2 school culture change Avoid this by ensuring everyone is on the ground floor of change #txeduchat
  108. A3 I agree that we need to make a positive contribution to the culture of the school. #txeduchat
  109. A3 focus on being a shining light to others. Don't let them bring you down. #txeduchat We are there for the KIDS ... can't forget that!
  110. Sad MT @urbie: #txeduchat A2 One thing about my kids schools is how inaccessible they are if you don't go there in person.
  111. A3: Too much emphasis on test scores, textbooks, programs, etc. rather than innovation, creativity, personalized learning. #txeduchat
  112. A3 One thing I have seen hurt culture, believing that you are worse off than others, that u got the short end of a stick. #txeduchat
  113. A3: Too much focus on testing can lead to a poor school culture! Put emphasis on students’ learning, not just the tests! #txeduchat
  114. @bradmceachern @Daynateach I hate micromanagers. It stifles my belief that I'm good enough. Then I don't want to tk we risks. #txeduchat
  115. A3 - Toxic people. Negativity and an unwillingness to change. #txeduchat. Check out @newfrontier21 and his resources.
  116. @heatherklandrum And not defining what is best for kids and holding everyone up to that standard and expectation #txeduchat
  117. @ThomsonAUS @Getwannabe @NgMarlon @tsschmidty Got in trouble last time over a discussion about "Grit" Going to keep my mouth shut.#TXeduchat
  118. A3 When others allow negative behaviour to creep into the profession, that's when culture suffers #txeduchat
  119. A3: #txeduchat Give them "the floor" in a sense to talk and communicate their needs not just ours...
  120. #txeduchat A3 Lack of direction & input. Like T's PD.. who decides what that means? Who sets policies like mobile device use? Ps need a say.
  121. A3 Solutions - communication - listening as much as talking, yet always holding each other accountable for what's best for kids #txeduchat
  122. A3. Ask staff to jot down a few characteristics of the best place they have ever worked = define excellent culture #txeduchat
  123. @bethhill2829 also doesn't promote collaboration which can create amazing things #txeduchat
  124. A3: embracing systems or best practices of 20 years ago that have become toxic for the culture, starts with leadership. #txeduchat
  125. A3-Can be avoided by truly listening to others and being open minded to change. What can I do to make things better? #txeduchat
  126. @heffrey in a regional mtg, we had to share why we went to work even though our schools were Title I. There were fluff answers...#txeduchat
  127. When you are running low in one passion tank, focus on another passion to refocus your efforts. #tlap #txeduchat
  128. A3:Introducing too many initiatives in a school year can kill motivation. Find one thing on which we really should focus and GO! #txeduchat
  129. MT @BarbaraGruener: A3: Hal Urban says "What we permit, we promote." Toxic, negative energy snowballs, can poison culture. #txeduchat
  130. Q4: How can we best react to negativity on our campus if it exists? #txeduchat
  131. @Sciology LOVE "negativity's slippery slope" I will definitely borrow that one! #txeduchat
  132. Culture is a balance...must have foundational mission that is meaningful for all stakeholders #txeduchat
  133. A3 competing for recognition vs challenging for growth, lack of respect and trust, telling vs leading #txeduchat
  134. A1 Teachers are empowered, encouraged, incentivized, and motivated to take control of their student's learning. #txeduchat
  135. A3: Leaders can combat those negative things a lot easier when they are out and about instead of in their offices #txeduchat
  136. @wadestanford If you vent about the same thing to the same person every day, it's even worse! :) #txeduchat
  137. Now I'm sad. Let's move to Q4 and act like Q3 never happened. Like a 13th floor on the elevator. #txeduchat
  138. @ThomsonAUS you are absolutely right! Sometimes scary but very necessary!! #txeduchat
  139. A3: We change it by expectations, accountability, discussion: Frequent and focused. Goals and focus with support and celebration #txeduchat
  140. @urbie Great topic Urbie, if educators have voice/choice I too think that they will be empowered & build a better culture! #txeduchat
  141. A3 Thinking that others issues are not ours. Culture is a unit. We all sink or swim. Pockets of excellence shouldn’t exist. #txeduchat
  142. A4: By staying focused on the goal...giving the Ss what they need each day. If it must be confronted, be understanding, kind. #txeduchat
  143. @BakerLovesBooks by sharing what we do with others - Ps, Ts, Ss & Public. Let everyone know whenever we can #txeduchat
  144. A4 - Meet it head-on. Bring it in the open, discuss it, solve it or work through it. Move through it, then onward #txeduchat
  145. #txeduchat a3. We can't focus in the negative and we must make decisions based on our best people via @ToddWhitaker http://t.co/CLjmldud1M
    #txeduchat a3. We can't focus in the negative and we must make decisions based on our best people via @ToddWhitaker pic.twitter.com/CLjmldud1M
  146. A3: also- a school or district that only focused on success can create a negative environment. Too much pressure to perform. #txeduchat
  147. A3: Things that negatively impact: negative people, grading system, tests, kill and drill... #txeduchat
  148. A3: Such an easy thing, but lack of SMILES can damage a culture! Smile, exude energy, and appreciate our role w kids! #txeduchat
  149. Q3: Dishonoring others we disagree with. Not hearing others & valuing the diff's. We love 2 be right more than we want to admit. #txeduchat
  150. A3) Not welcoming new ideas. Negativity and competition. #txeduchat
  151. A4 Speak up and address it. Silence makes others thing you're in agreement. Don't be a bystander. #txeduchat
  152. A1: My dream school culture is when everyone has a voice Ss, Ts, etc. #txeduchat
  153. A3: One yr we brought in a photo of a child important to us. We created a school we would want for that child. Powerful! #txeduchat
  154. #txeduchat A3: negative teachers....build your own group of "can dos "
  155. A4: Remedies for negative campus culture -Celebrate all success -Always find positive intent -Don't fight negativity w negativity #txeduchat
  156. A4.Giving voice to all ideas through lots of feedback items such as short surveys, methods for gathering input share #txeduchat
  157. A4: By spinning the negative into a positive. Lead by example and don't let the negativity get you down. Promote the good. #txeduchat
  158. #txeduchat Agree on siloculture @Tom_Kilgore Very, very hard to undo this. A3: Ppl who cannot see your vision+make up their own = conflict.
  159. @heffrey but I reminded them we had developed plans we felt would bring success. I show up to make sure it's in place for kids. #txeduchat
  160. A4 I always say this. It's simple, really. Be kind. Just be kind. Be intentional at being kind. It will make all the difference. #txeduchat
  161. A4: Know when to react, respond, and ignore negativity. Know the impact YOU will have. #txeduchat
  162. @asembroski Having a shared vision & common beliefs are a great way to be clear on the campus expectations!!! #txeduchat
  163. A4: You have to listen first. Then you can work together to find a solution. #txeduchat
  164. A4: Fight negativity with positivity. Resolve the problem instead of ignoring. Try to solve it instead of complain. #txeduchat
  165. A4. "If leadership isn't calling your school up to something higher, it is likely to descend to something lower." #txeduchat
  166. A3 #txeduchat If any little thing will upset your applecart, that's bad.Listen to negative, but respond with positive http://t.co/MWRBAjoWng
    A3 #txeduchat If any little thing will upset your applecart, that's bad.Listen to negative, but respond with positive pic.twitter.com/MWRBAjoWng
  167. #txeduchat A3 Recall I'm not a K-12 educator. My exposure comes from being a parent, #EdCamp participant. Are we a community or not?
  168. A4: Counteract with positivity and action - can't argue against that. #txeduchat
  169. @martysnowpaw @ThomsonAUS @Getwannabe @NgMarlon With many ed things, "grit" can be altered from orig. meaning...defining is key! #txeduchat
  170. A4: We should react with negativity by not feeding it. We feed the positive. #txeduchat
  171. @jenmarten yes, everyone was either a pioneer or early adopter at some point. Hard but necessary. #txeduchat
  172. @bradmceachern A4: By being the positive change that we wish to see, and having critical conversations as necessary. #txeduchat
  173. A4: Stay positive. Work with your “eeyores”to show them the positive in everything. It’s hard… but someone has to do it #txeduchat
  174. A4) Empathy for the other person's perspective to try and understand their ideas while focus on what you can control #txeduchat
  175. @txeduchat @bradmceachern A4: Honestly, overwhelming positive is the best reaction to any negative behaviors. #pbis #txeduchat
  176. A4-Get to the root of negativity and gain a mutual understanding. Appreciate opposite views and you can grow. #txeduchat
  177. A3: Not trusting Ts to be professionals - micromanaging. If A few Ts are not professional, deal with it directly with them. #txeduchat
  178. A3. Set a positive example to ameliorate it, else ignore it and work around it #txeduchat
  179. A4: sometimes people don't realize they are being negative, reactionary, or limiting. #txeduchat
  180. A4: "I hear you, now let's work together to turn this around" #txeduchat
  181. A4: Leaders that can have tough conversations. Not just admin, but Ts who are get some reality checks in to the negaholics #txeduchat
  182. A4:  This helps me! Posted at entrance of the school and on office door. #txeduchat http://t.co/4eDNxapsMI
    A4: This helps me! Posted at entrance of the school and on office door. #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/4eDNxapsMI
  183. Negative school culture, just like negative Ss behavior, has an underlying cause - need to dig and rebuild #txeduchat
  184. A4 by acting quickly to respond ethically and guided by policy. Stick to your vision & ethos for support #txeduchat
  185. A3: Negativity breeds negativity. Avoid those that are ALWAYS negative or try to redirect to something positive. #txeduchat
  186. A4: turn negativity into a feedback loop. What can our campus learn from this? How can we be better? #txeduchat
  187. A4: Do t feed into it. Rise above through your positive actions. #txeduchat
  188. @gwschattle281 Sounds very familiar to me sir, was always taught to listen first to understand before I add my 2 cents! #txeduchat
  189. A4: by stopping the momentum. Be the one who "flips" the comment to the positive. Praise others , laugh, be fun, problem solve #txeduchat
  190. A4: If it's a colleague, I just smile & say something I'm grateful for. #txeduchat
  191. “The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.” via @ToddWhitaker #txeduchat
  192. A4: Focus on the 90% doing the positives not the 10%. My principal @stacey_zielonka does a great job of this and it shows! #txeduchat
  193. @jenmarten So true Jennifer!! We are believed to be in agreement when we stay silent. #txeduchat
  194. A4 Keep moving the bus forward. Negativity will either get on board or get off the bus entirely!! #txeduchat
  195. A4 confront head on focus on positive at all times #txeduchat
  196. A4 - make it a point to focus on the positive. Random acts of kindness, leave notes, set the example in classroom and school. #txeduchat
  197. A4: #txeduchat The old saying kill them with kindness but passionately promote positivity ALL the time, show them through actions...
  198. A4: allow others to vent but always leave them with positive alternatives, thoughts and suggestions. Positivity is viral too! #txeduchat
  199. A3 If school establishes a culture where it is obvious our Ss are our priority parents will join. School is open 2 family. #txeduchat
  200. A4: We must not get drawn in and work to create a positive work place, negativity can kill a work place. #txeduchat
  201. A4-Find ts with like mind! Bind together to form a force of positivity. Focus on choosing joy regardless of naysayers. #txeduchat
  202. A4 I *CHOOSE* to address the elephant in the room. Want + culture, DO something about it. Be intentional. Every decision matters. #txeduchat
  203. A4 Act exactly the way you would want your children to react when faced with negativity. Be kind. #txeduchat
  204. #txeduchat A4 Best reaction is to be proactive. At least it feels like it should be. The earlier a problem is ID'd easier & cheaper to fix.
  205. A4: Listen. Don't take part in the negativity fests. Show kindness - even when you don't want to. And smile a lot. Start w/one #txeduchat
  206. A4 do not participate, since to be a positive influence in the face of negativity #txeduchat
  207. A4 being a leader means standing up in front of those who are the naysayers #txeduchat
  208. A4- Kill negativity with kindness.When someone complains, spin it into a positive. Don't give them any room to bring you down. #txeduchat
  209. @heffrey We should ask ourselves, is it best for students? That's what should drive what we do. #txeduchat
  210. A4 Listen first. When we are good listeners, we might be able to offer help or problem solve. #txeduchat
  211. @TheHeadKnuckle Creating an atmosphere where T's can discuss their problems is key to being successful. #txeduchat
  212. A4. Be cautious of what is being repeated over in your mind. Inner conversations/self-talk - reject when it raises its ugly head #txeduchat
  213. A4 Remain positive-Be the change you want to see in the world!Staying positive will keep you from the pits of negativity. #txeduchat
  214. A4) I think this is hard- we are human, but I am committed to defining positivity wherever I go, especially with my Ss and Ps. #txeduchat
  215. A4 Invest in your best people to cultivate them as leaders and any negativity will be slowly drowned out #txeduchat
  216. A4 Must confront as quickly as possible. It won't go away. Look at from Ss viewpoint. What is best for Ss!! #txeduchat
  217. A key topic for me as I move into a new job in Van, TX, from N.CA. Learn/Listen 2 the culture yet still share my experiences. #txeduchat
  218. A4: Think we can best address negativity by showing our "true colors" as caring/motivated peers & colleagues. #txeduchat
  219. A4 I highlight the positives, when I hear negatives I ask what can we do to fix it because only talking about it doesn't help. #txeduchat
  220. A4) never let it impact the positive you do. And don't let it negatively impact students. #txeduchat
  221. @bethhill2829 When I first saw the pic, I immediately thought, "This should be on the front door!" This is great! #txeduchat
  222. A4: I'm old school on this one. Call it out, but do it like grandma. Use lots of honey on your lips. You can say anything then. #txeduchat
  223. @tsschmidty @ThomsonAUS @Getwannabe @NgMarlon #TXeduchat Not sure where u r going. It IS the context of how it is used in Ed I dislike.
  224. A2 Having a supportive group of peers to help you find success! I'm in! What should that group be called?  http://poll.fm/5c5mo  #txeduchat
  225. @bradmceachern communication is always at the core, have to make sure though that Ts express then work to solving #txeduchat
  226. When the naysayers see they are getting nowhere they will either join in or get off the bus! #txeduchat
  227. A4:  This!!!!! :) We don't always have to say what comes to mind. Remember that our words can hurt! #txeduchat http://t.co/id3e3e4sFn
    A4: This!!!!! :) We don't always have to say what comes to mind. Remember that our words can hurt! #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/id3e3e4sFn
  228. A4: Put a positive spin on the concern. Provide some PD on the power of positive thinking. #txeduchat
  229. #txeduchat A4 Solutions from one person or a small number of appointees comes off as a little less than fair. Community & accountability..
  230. #txeduchat A4 Be proactive by building a positive learning environment and set high expectations for students and staff. Empower people!
  231. Happiness, energy, is contagious. Acts of kindness warm hearts. No 1 really wants 2 b grumpy! Ive seen it work! #txeduchat
  232. A4: Continue to be positive. Focus on the good things and spread that through the school/district. #txeduchat
  233. @mrdearybury1 My mom used to say you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. #txeduchat
  234. A4: Make choices for ourselves that encourage growth and smile even when it hurts! #txeduchat
  235. Admins best reaction to negativity is to first look in the mirror...is there something you are missing? Take a risk #txeduchat
  236. A4: We Model the Way. No matter what! We stay clear of the negativity and focus on the positive! #txeduchat
  237. @stuartkellynz @txeduchat Confrontation is really a challenge for me, but I'm working on that. Talk the talk, walk the walk;) #txeduchat
  238. A4 Negativity can be good for growth with open lines of communication. Challenge them to offer a solution to their complaints #txeduchat
  239. @TeachersTweeeet Not impossible. Challenging, yes. Even if you are the only positive light, at least S's know they have you. #txeduchat
  240. Q4 Listen and try to figure out what they R really saying. Maybe having trouble expressing themselves #txeduchat http://t.co/a8kXp86ddM
    Q4 Listen and try to figure out what they R really saying. Maybe having trouble expressing themselves #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/a8kXp86ddM
  241. A4everyone has bad days be the one to encourage and turn things around by helping them see the good A kind word and smile go far! #txeduchat
  242. A4 Many (Ts, Ss, & Ps) simply want to be heard. Doing this 1st will reverse effects of -culture #txeduchat http://t.co/cJ3nvknxEt
    A4 Many (Ts, Ss, & Ps) simply want to be heard. Doing this 1st will reverse effects of -culture #txeduchat pic.twitter.com/cJ3nvknxEt
  243. A4: Address negativity directly and factually. Just like with students, be sure to teach a replacement behavior. #txeduchat
  244. A4 - Wish everyone believed this: You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. #txeduchat
  245. It doesn't matter how 'amazing' a school's rep is, if the environment is toxic, something must be done. #txeduchat
  246. #txeduchat A4 It shouldn't be solely about being positive or negative. It should be about being real. Problems come up. Be open.
  247. #txeduchat A4: Challenge negativity with creativity. To quote Bill Eddy "So, what's your proposal?".
  248. @bradmceachern @TheHeadKnuckle Good point. Ts need to vent esp if they are Extroverts. Sometimes a good talk will save the day #txeduchat
  249. A4: Keep focusing on the positive. Then dig deep to find the fear causing the negativity #txeduchat
  250. @jaherbel It is a choice. It is easy to be drawn in when you are having a bad day. That is where your PLN comes in! #txeduchat
  251. @mrdearybury1 I agree. If we don't confront those who are bringing the negativity, it may not stop. #txeduchat
  252. @bethhill2829 #txeduchat The strap tchrs to the cactus in Houston--then set it on fire🔥🔥
  253. A4) Stay positive, keep smiling and never give up. Be contagious! #txeduchat
  254. #txeduchat A4 Leaders need to model what they want to see. Get people to embrace your vision and it trickles down but it must be sincere.
  255. #txeduchat A4 Shouldn't be solely about what's best for students either. What's best for community now and in the future. Sustainability..
  256. Q5: What are things that you can do each day as a leader to build the culture on your campus and in your district? #txeduchat
  257. A4 No blame game. Roll up sleeves & say “LETS FIX THIS! WE CAN DO IT!” It becomes a challenge 4 all, 1 we will overcome. #txeduchat
  258. @chezick_allen Tough one! Choose to stay positive, avoid naysayers and let someone know when you are offended. #txeduchat
  259. @jenmarten @mrdearybury1 Is it possible to have giant "bad kid flypaper" hanging in the hallways? #txeduchat
  260. @NgMarlon @Getwannabe @ThomsonAUS @tsschmidty Used 2 scapegoat minority kids in poor school districts who are asked to suck it up #Txeduchat
  261. I think a shared leadership model,giving everyone a chance to serve where they want, helps the negative. Small group for T’s #txeduchat
  262. Critical feedback and respectful dissension is good. Negativity with no focus on improvement/solutions is not healthy. #txeduchat
  263. @criticalagendas Oh I agree, I used to work with one. It helped me mold myself into the complete opposite for my staff. #txeduchat
  264. If it's an attitude change you want them leaders have to model the right approach. #txeduchat
  265. A4 Tell your story! If u don't, someone else will.We are all in the PR dept. Campus Twitter account, share the + & possible #txeduchat
  266. @wadestanford you are absolutely right. But takes a strong leader to confront. #txeduchat
  267. A5) none of us have the whole answer, we do the best we can, stumble, grow and keep trying to be better #txeduchat
  268. @DaniellePurdy3 Absolutely! I tell Ts they need to come in with more than just a problem...what's a possible solution? #txeduchat
  269. A5: Put a smile on! Be the change. Be the light. Practice what you preach. It's important to show you are serious and not acting #txeduchat
  270. @bradmceachern A5: Smile. Check in on people. Play music in the hallways. Give 5-min breaks. Handshakes. Hugs. High Fives #txeduchat
  271. @ChristinaMLuce @bethhill2829 I think it's a reminder to stay focused. People ask all sorts of Qs. Good to know expectations. #txeduchat
  272. A5. recognize awesome work, little things every day, & praise it. it's astonishing how little this happens (from what I've seen) #txeduchat
  273. A5: Always keep a positive attitude with your Ss and coworkers. Show Ss that you want them to succeed and you care. #txeduchat
  274. A5-Be visible & present. Listen. Find opportunities for sharing. Communicate the great learning! #txeduchat
  275. A5: Smile! No matter how hard the day is - I keep my positive game face on. Be a team player! Be supportive! Help Everyone! #txeduchat
  276. A5 - as @stevencox25 & @bradmceachern say continuously - communicate, communicate, communicate. "Radio silence" is NEVER GOOD! #txeduchat
  277. A4 Don’t take it personal. Stop believing u r center of other’s actions. Its easier to address if you aren’t on the defensive. #txeduchat
  278. A4: I will also just say it. Sometimes it's time for folks to move along in life. #growthmindset #txeduchat #justquit
  279. A5 Know what factors build the culture you desire & then acknowledge them when you see them. Praise works!! #txeduchat
  280. #txeduchat I like the phrase, "I hear you saying ...; is that what you mean to say?" Helps to reduce the miscommunication, brings us closer.
  281. A4 acknowledge negative feelings & experiences. Seek honest feedback & suggestions to find ways towards better-for-all. #txeduchat
  282. @ChristinaMLuce @aaron_hogan Oh no way! I've had many parents show appreciation for always placing kids first! It speaks volumes! #txeduchat
  283. A5: Be brave enough to try new things and encourage others to do the same. Be kind and supportive of others along the way. #txeduchat
  284. A5: speak and act according to a growth mindset. Care and build relationships with staff and students. Share the good you see #txeduchat
  285. @SISQITMAN @BakerLovesBooks @bradmceachern have to show we value input from Ts or school wide collaboration has no chance #txeduchat
  286. A5: Make sure you have an anchor of your core beliefs and stick to them. Write them on the walls and make sure they are clear! #txeduchat
  287. A5.Greet & listen to others! You have two ears & one mouth bc you should listen twice as much as u talk #txeduchat
  288. A5: be a cheerleader for your school, Ts, & Ss- applaud the good and tell others about it. Share what u see to encourage positive #txeduchat
  289. A5: Embrace your entire campus! Branch out and support others. Faculty and Staff will take notice and return the favor. #txeduchat
  290. @SISQITMAN Campus culture is key! It is not alone. But you need positive culture to have success! #txeduchat
  291. @tracyacramer True!!! It is hard even when you consider yourself a strong leader. #txeduchat
  292. Shared leadership, visible, consistent, show that you're always learning, high expectations #txeduchat
  293. A4-approach conflict with what could I have done differently for a more positive outcome #txeduchat
  294. @freysci And ask open questions while listening. Don't let them dismiss and run #txeduchat
  295. A5 Be visible on your campus & in the classrooms. Help build the campus climate. Notes & tokens of appreciation from leaders #txeduchat
  296. A5 be sincere and make the time to listen and learn before you act. #txeduchat
  297. A5: Use social media to share the great things happening in classrooms. For nxt yr, having a school wide hashtag when posting #txeduchat
  298. @Daynateach too often we are afraid of opposing views when we can use it as an opportunity to improve #txeduchat
  299. @heffrey Fear breeds toxicity. Validation and showing value are powerful inoculations. #txeduchat
  300. A5: Be positive Listen to other's ideas Allow them a voice communicate. Spin a positive culture catch others in the web you spin #txeduchat
  301. A5: just saying hi to each person you pass in the hall each day goes a long way. Check in w/ your team, neighbor, your teachers #txeduchat
  302. @romenendez14 great point! No one wants to break down walls every conversation #txeduchat
  303. Admin modeling that they are continually learning and having equally as high expectations for Ts and Ss. #txeduchat
  304. A2) Support & attention for teachers that strive to be their best for their kids, fuel that fire for great teaching #txeduchat
  305. @gm8585 @mrdearybury1 No such thing as a bad kid, IMHO. How we interact w/ them & w/ each other in the hall is huge #txeduchat
  306. A4 Listen. Make every1 feel valuable. Don’t alienate negative thinkers, shower them with positivity, praise them when possible. #txeduchat
  307. A4) if an admin start to build a team that reflects this through coaching current team AND when hiring, hire attitude. #txeduchat
  308. A5: Each day as a leader you build or destroy culture. Be about the students. Take care of your teachers. Be consistent. Be fair. #txeduchat
  309. A5: I work to know each T as a person, ask about family, events. I work to learn all Ss by name - puts smiles on their faces. #txeduchat
  310. A5 Be visible and committed to the school. Know what your Ts and Ss need and provide it for them. #txeduchat
  311. A5: Listen and act - leaders are not islands. They need the expertise of their staff and community to assist them, students too! #txeduchat
  312. A5: Always go back to to heart of the matter...what's best for kids. Collaborative decisions based on that premise drive us. #txeduchat
  313. @Drmitzner I always laugh when I hear this expression but it is so true! #txeduchat
  314. A5- Walk the walk and talk the talk. Actions speak louder than words. Don't expect others to be the change if you won't! #txeduchat
  315. #txeduchat A5 Commander's Intent set direction. Up to chain of command to make it happen. Challenging assumptions, sharing ideas helps.+
  316. A5 be the change agent stay happy bring the best out in others and stop crap in its tracks