Sometimes school breaks come at the most needed times. Walking away from the daily expectations and allowing ourselves to just take a moment to enjoy life without the adding stress of work is rejuvenating, to say the least. Now, don't get me wrong...I love my job! There are so many reasons why I love what… Continue reading Finding My Focus
Our school staff has reason to be grateful when it comes to available technology in our school and to our access to bandwidth. Our school division does put both as a priority for student learning. Even though we have many devices and we have the bandwidth to provide us access, a lot of what we… Continue reading No More Excuses
I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about teaching practices and how we often underestimate the abilities of our students when we do not allow them to have a strong voice and a lot of choices when it comes to their learning. I spent my Saturday yesterday with a group of students… Continue reading Taking the Step Back
I believe I might drive people around me crazy with my talk of books. I am always collecting books, reading books, talking about books and sharing books. Reading is such an important aspect of my life, I just can't help myself. I am inspired to write this post by my latest book, "Passionate Readers," written… Continue reading My Reading Identity
So many great words...what should I choose? After much thought and consideration, I have picked what I consider the perfect #oneword for my 2018. The word I picked is "renew." The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word "renew" as "to make like new: to restore freshness, vigor or perfection. One of the reasons I picked the… Continue reading #oneword2018
The title of this blog post is a reaction to a very interesting and motivating chat I was part of this morning. I drag my butt out of bed every Saturday morning before 7:30, throw some coffee on and join #leadupchat because I am so inspired by the conversation and the people who gather there.… Continue reading How Do I KNOW?
One of the things that I have always been frustrated with is my inability to express the passion I have for innovation in education. I can remember the first time my eyes were opened to new educational ideas while taking my Master's Degree and taking a course by Alex Couros. I felt way beyond my… Continue reading Spreading the News!
I have learned so many things since becoming a school administrator 8 years ago. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is to respect the reality that teachers are all at different places in developing their craft. They are certainly at a different comfort level with using technology and with reaching out… Continue reading What is Innovation Anyway?
In my last post, I already mentioned my need to get back to my passions. The next logical step seemed to be to put down in writing what my passions actually are. I just finished reading "Lead Like a Pirate" by Shelley Burgess and Beth Houf. If any book can take you back to your… Continue reading Getting Back to My Passions-Part 2
If I could use one word to describe my attitude in the reflection of the school year it would be "uninspired." It shocks me to say it, and I certainly do not blame it on anyone but myself. What I realize now is I allowed myself to slip back into a place I vowed never… Continue reading Recharging the Passion