21 century learning, digital citizenship, Digital learnng, Personal Learning Networks, social media

Staying Connected by Being Connected

I noticed the last publication of Educational Leadership was all about teacher driven professional development.  I have not had time to really dig into the ideas yet, but it seems to make good sense.  In our classrooms we are offering students choice as means of engagement, so why would we not do the same for… Continue reading Staying Connected by Being Connected

Administration, Leadership, Parents, Reading, Relationships, Teamwork

The Joys of Being Invisible

There are times when I am at school sitting in a meeting or standing at the back of a classroom when I have a feeling all of a sudden like I am behind Harry Potter's invisibility cloak.  I think it must be sort of like an out of body experience because I am so overwhelmed… Continue reading The Joys of Being Invisible

Administration, Balance, Effective Teaching and Learning, Mindfulness, Reflection, Time Management

Slowing It Down

I remember when my children were small and life was busy.  They would be fascinated by the smallest things in life from a caterpillar crawling along the sidewalk to a pretty dandelion bobbing around in a sea of green grass.  My usual reaction would be to say, "Oh isn't that cool, but let's go now." … Continue reading Slowing It Down

Administration, Effective Teaching and Learning, Instructional Leadership

Keeping My Finger on the Pulse

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

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