What did you do in school today? with Sean Gaillard

Today I asked our question: “What did you do in school today?” of Sean Gaillard, a high school principal in North Carolina. This series of blog posts includes responses to our question from educators from all over the world, of all content areas, in all grade levels, and in various teaching assignments so that, together, we will have a better understanding of what is happening TODAY IN SCHOOL. For more information about this series or to write your own response to the question, please visit this page.

“#CelebrateMonday just started trending.”

My Twitter Feed greets me with this wonderful message almost every Monday. Somewhere a current educator is inspired to dig deeply in the service of our kids. Somewhere a school community is uplifted just a little due to a positive culture shift.

What started out as a way to uplift my school community has evolved into a regular event for schools across the globe. I think of the #CelebrateMonday hashtag as a Bat Signal for Educators. It’s a call to positive arms for educators to tune into the heroic and amazing things happening in our schools.

As a child, I wanted to be a superhero. I realized rather quickly at a young age that I didn’t possess superpowers and that my parents were not from Krypton. I shifted my paradigm and decided that I could be a willing help and support for superheroes as a normal kid.CK6CGQ2WgAAUmN4

Fast forward to twenty years later and my dream has come true being a Lead Leaner/Principal. I have the opportunity to work daily with true Edu-Heroes. Our Educators are true heroes working daily in the service of our kids and community. I am awed at the leadership, creativity, collaboration and drive I experience daily in the schoolhouse or through the connections being forged on Twitter.

Our noble profession is often misunderstood and unappreciated and I feel that it is necessary that we lock arms and uplift each other. #CelebrateMonday is one way to accomplish that.

Simply sharing a positive happening in a classroom or giving a colleague a shoutout can have a far-reaching impact on shaping a school culture to new heights. I had the great opportunity of being inspired by School Culture Rewired by Todd Whitaker and Steve Grunert. This powerful read inspired me to begin a “CelebrateMonday” moment within my own school. I figured that starting the conversation with a simple positive tweet on a Monday would ignite a new Monday Mindset.

What did I do in school today?

I was able to connect and reach out to Edu-Heroes by simply celebrating Monday with a tweet.

6Hi_meVpSean Gaillard is the newly-named principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Winston-Salem, NC after being principal at Wiley Magnet Middle School for six years. He and his wife, Deb (also a teacher), reside in North Carolina with their three daughters. He is the host of the #EdBeat Twitter Chat, and also enjoys co-organizing #Read4Fun Twitter Chat and @EdCampGlobal. You can connect with Sean on Twitter: @smgaillard.

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