Saturday, April 5, 2008

Howdy From Nashville, TN!

Greetings from the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort!

The NAESP Convention is off to a fine start, with sessions covering an array of interests. Content strands include:

  • Adult Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Data & Decision-Making
  • Expanding the Continuum of Learning
  • Leadership/Distributed Leadership
  • Student Learning
  • Vision
Today I had the chance to attend two sessions. The first was world renown psychologist Dr. Jack Singer, who wrote attendees a prescription for three heaping teaspoons positive rational self-talk, optimism and laughter daily to beat back the stress of everyday life. Singer noted that children laugh about 300 times a day. Adults? Just 17 times. "You need to let that little child in you out," Singer advised. "You need to laugh!" The good doctor helped the audience work toward that goal with a warm, funny presentation.

The second, Diane Hodges, also focused on the positive. Hodges, a former secondary and elementary school principal, has parlayed her passion for staff morale into a successful consulting business. Frankly, it was hard to keep up with her -- the ideas were coming fast and furious during her presentation. I included some of those tips in my article for the NAESP Convention Newsletter.

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