Bernard’s Library is dedicated to my wonderful grandfather: Dr. B. P. Bernard. He was a huge believer in reading daily. So I continue his legacy of sharing information with others.
Resources for Students
- Good learners are curious
- Good learners pursue understanding diligently
- Good learners recognize that a lot of learning isn’t fun
- Failure frightens good learners, but they know it’s beneficial
- Good learners make knowledge their own
- Good learners never run out of questions
- Good learners share what they’ve learned
Resources for Parents
Book: The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel
- Stay positive!
- Listen carefully.
- Brainstorm solutions together.
- Observe the situation.
- Talk to the teacher.
- Connect with the classroom.
- If necessary, meet with the principal.
- If nothing else works, request your child be moved.
Resources for Educators
- A great teacher respects students.
- A great teacher creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom.
- A great teacher is warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring.
- A great teacher sets high expectations for all students.
- A great teacher has his own love of learning
- A great teacher is a skilled leader.
- A great teacher can “shift-gears”
- A great teacher collaborates with colleagues on an ongoing basis.
- A great teacher maintains professionalism in all areas
Resources for Administrators
Books: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Convey
I’ve never had the desire to be a school administrator. Not for one second. I’ve always known that my place is in front of a classroom with chalk in my hand. (OK, times have changed, and there are no more chalkboards. Make it an erasable marker—you pick the color.) Even though I’m a confessed non-administrator type, I may have a message for others who see a school principalship in their future.
In my travels as my state’s current teacher of the year, I recently had an amazing opportunity to visit a number of school communities in North Carolina and talk to teachers, support staff, parents, and students about what makes a good school-based administrator. When it comes to defining what makes a principal great, I soon discovered that there are characteristics common across school levels and community demographics.
Here are the results of my unofficial research on the “Principles of Great Principals.”
- The school is a family.
- Teachers are treated as professionals.
- Instruction in the school is data-driven.
- They are student-centered.
- They reach out to families.
- They have great reservoirs of energy.
- They promote school spirit and teamwork.
- They develop leaders.
- They have good help.