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

Parents, Principals, Reflection

Getting off to a Positive Start

We are almost a month into the new school year and I am feeling motivated by many things.  I love the fresh start of the new year when everyone is rested and full of energy.  We can forget about our mistakes of last year, re-celebrate the successes and plan for a fantastic year ahead. The… Continue reading Getting off to a Positive Start

Principals, Students, Teamwork

Students Leading the Team

This post is strictly about bragging.  My parents always taught it wasn't nice to brag, but I feel like I have something to brag about.  I have to admit one of my favorite things to observe in our building is when our older students willingly step up and help out our younger students.  It is something that happens all the time… Continue reading Students Leading the Team

Parents, Principals, Teamwork

5 Things I hope Our Parents Know

One of the things that I have learned over my years as a teacher and school administrator is the importance of parents and home support in the success of children.  I spend a great deal of time thinking and reflecting on the things we do, in the hopes of improving home school communication and relationships. … Continue reading 5 Things I hope Our Parents Know

branding, Principals, social media

Tooting Our Own Horn

I finally received my copy of Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times, by Eric Sheninger. I am over 1/2 way through already taking advantage of a 2 hour drive to my son’s hockey game yesterday and some reading to my cell phone light on the way home. The book is very motivating and thought-provoking… Continue reading Tooting Our Own Horn

21 century learning, Administration, Principals, Teaching, Teamwork

Getting Better At What We Do

I spend a lot of time thinking about improvement. Mostly about how I can improve my teaching and leadership and hopefully, in some way, have some influence on improvement in in our school and our system. Right now I am reading "Effective Supervision" by Marzano, Frontier and Livingston. The basis of the book is about… Continue reading Getting Better At What We Do

Positive Thinking, Principals, Teaching

Designing My Own Life Plan

It is amazing what a break can do for attitude and rejuvenation. It has been a stressful fall term for a number of reasons, but sometimes I think I can get caught up in a circle of negativity that can be difficult to break. Having the opportunity to remove myself from the school over break… Continue reading Designing My Own Life Plan