21 century learning, Administration, Assessment, Blogging, Leadership, Passions, portfolios, Positive Thinking, Principals, Students, Teaching

What Roadblocks?

It is funny how life has a way of making us work for the things we really believe in.  I guess if it was an easy, simple path the lessons learned would not be nearly as great and perhaps the reward would not be as sweet.  As I have mentioned in previous posts our school… Continue reading What Roadblocks?

21 century learning, Administration, Blogging, portfolios, Principals, Professional Growth, Uncategorized

The Longer We Wait…

The longer you wait, the scarier it gets. I think we have all felt this way some time in our lives. Right now we are making a huge and scary jump in our school to digital portfolios for all. Staff first and students in the fall. As a first step toward this goal we met… Continue reading The Longer We Wait…

21 century learning, Administration, Blogging, digital citizenship, Growth Mindset, Innovation, Innovative Mindset, Passions, Principals, Students, Teaching

Time to Quit Coddling

I am writing this as I come off the "conference high."  You know the feeling you get after you attend a big conference and hear a very motivating speaker that inspires you and speaks to your passions? That is where I am right now after listening to George Couros at the IT Summit in Saskatoon.… Continue reading Time to Quit Coddling

Administration, Innovation, Leadership, Students, Teaching, Uncategorized

Seek the Possibilities. Now!

I have done a lot of thinking lately about innovation in education.  What does that really mean?  How can I model that?  What does that really look like? I am inspired this morning by the book, “Future Driven,” by David Geurin.  I have just barely started reading the book and already the same questions are… Continue reading Seek the Possibilities. Now!

Administration, Leadership, Parents, Positive Thinking, Students, Teamwork

Finding My Focus

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

21 century learning, Administration, Digital learnng, Growth Mindset, Student Voice, Students, Technology Integration

No More Excuses

  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

21 century learning, Coding, Inquiry based learning, Student Voice, Students, Teaching, Technology Integration

Taking the Step Back

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

Informal learning, Passions, Reading, Uncategorized

My Reading Identity

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

#oneword2018, Positive Thinking, Reflection

#oneword2018

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

Administration, IMMOOC, Innovation, Innovative Mindset, Leadership, Personal Learning Networks, Technology Integration

How Do I KNOW?

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?