Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Last month I blogged about the importance of first impressions.\nIn other words, what do visitors see and hear when they first walk into\nyour school organization? Is that experience positive or negative? This\nmonth's post will be on exit strategy.\n
No, I don't mean your own personal strategy for getting out!\nInstead, I mean what are visitors' experiences when they leave your\norganization? Do they see some interesting, motivating, or upbeat\nmessage as they walk out of the building? Do they see\ncharts of significant progress the school is making? Are there pictures\nof students doing interesting work? Does someone say something nice to\nthem as they leave? Are they leaving their visit with a positive taste\nin their mouth?\n
Like first impressions, what visitors see and hear as they leave\nyour building can have big impacts on their overall feelings and\nbeliefs about your organization. Leaders should strive to have every\nvisitor walk away with a positive impression of the organization. If\nthat's not possible, perhaps due to a difficult conversation that just\noccurred inside, leaders should at least do everything they can to\nminimize the negative feelings with which visitors leave. No one wants\nvisitors to leave unhappy, ready to spread the bad news about your\norganization to others.\n
As leaders, I encourage you to take a critical, objective look at\nyour school's entry and exit experiences. Ask yourself, 'As a visitor,\nwhat do I see and hear when I enter and leave this place? How am I\ntreated during my time in this building?' Get others to do this too \nthey'll have different thoughts and impressions than you will.\nBrainstorm ways to make outsiders' visits more positive and\nhospitable you'll probably find many low or no cost ways of improving\nthose experiences.\n
Oh, and did I mention that whatever you come up with also should help the general vibe of your students and staff too?\n
Y'all come back now, hear?
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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