At this time of year reflection is taking up a lot of my head space. What has gone really well and what I still need to work on. I am at the stage of my career now, that I have to work harder to keep up and to keep myself motivated. It has nothing to… Continue reading Keeping My Finger on the Pulse
I couldn't believe how good I felt as I walked away from our last School Community Council (SCC) meeting of the year last week. It was fun to look back at our year and have some laughs over the good moments we had. So many good moments! It was hard to believe that just a… Continue reading Improving Our Team Play
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?
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…
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
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!
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