Making Mistakes

from December 15th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I know I got some things right this semester, and on some things, I know I was way, way off. My goal next semester is to get more things right and fewer things wrong. Isn’t that the definition of learning? Tim Sanders, Yahoo!’s former Chief Solutions Officer and author of Today We Are Rich, says that […]

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It’s Report Card Time (Again)

from December 8th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Last year at this time, I shared the post below, and several of you took me up on it and asked for feedback from your students— so I’m sharing it again! If you asked students to grade you last year, are you going to do it again? If you didn’t, what if you did this […]

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A Prayer for Teachers

from December 1st, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Ever had that class? You know, the class whose personality didn’t quite mesh with yours. The class you have in the “tired part” of the day. The class where you find yourself getting flustered or frustrated. The class where you feel you just can’t connect. I know I’ve had my fair share of those classes over the […]

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10 Reasons I’m Proud of CAC

from November 17th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it dawned on me that as educators, we’ve been trained to identify problems— which in reality, means we spend much of our time focusing on the negative in order to create a positive. Todd Whitaker points out, “Sometimes we get so involved in ‘fixing’ that we forget to revel in […]

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Being a Teacher Matters

from November 10th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

This week we had Mustang Madness to kick off the basketball season and just like that we’re underway into the winter sports season. It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks into November! This year feels like it’s going by pretty quickly, and as with most things, it’s easy to get in a routine, go through […]

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Our Mission in Action

from November 3rd, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

If you missed last Friday’s Senior Night, you missed a special tribute as Michael Burns’ memory was honored. It was a touching moment, and Michael’s parents were certainly thankful as evidenced by the Facebook post below. Just as Michael’s parents were proud of our seniors, I, too, was extremely proud of them for three specific […]

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The Curse of Knowledge

from October 27th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

I don’t even want to think what life might be like not knowing how to diagram a sentence. I have no idea why people can’t grasp pronoun-antecedent agreement. (Everyone needs to be get their binder is just wrong! Period.) I can’t fathom living a day not knowing the difference between action and linking verbs. English teachers […]

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Parenting 101

from October 20th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

On Sunday, Katie and I attended a parenting workshop because if there’s one thing I know about parenting, it’s that I need all the help I can get (because I have no idea what I’m doing!). As I listened, took notes, and reflected on all the mistakes I’ve made as a parent, I couldn’t help […]

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Parent’s 1# Request

from October 13th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Working with young people is a roller coaster with many ups, downs, twists, and turns. Some days things couldn’t be better; some days nothing seems to go well. From time to time those “nothing seems to go well days” turn into parent conferences, and as a principal, I’ve had my fair share of them. Typically […]

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Anticipating Homecoming Week

from October 6th, 2017 Jordan Collier by Jordan Collier

Just in case you didn’t know, next week is Homecoming week and we have a few things planned: Themed dress-up days each day Chapel games PSAT testing on Wednesday (Sophomores & Juniors) End of Grading Period/Early Dismissal on Wednesday Report Cards Finalized Thursday The Math Show performance on Thursday Channel 7 Daybreak broadcasting live Friday morning […]

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