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

Administration, Principals, Students, Teaching

My Attitude Adjustment

Every week my brain gets fixated on one topic that I just can't quite seem to get off my mind.  This week's topic seems to be how to let go of the things we cannot control.   After another long week filled with office visits, parent communication (not always supportive or positive) and meetings, my general attitude… Continue reading My Attitude Adjustment

Administration, Principals

Week in the Life of a Principal-Day 4

Thursday, November 14 7:00- I came out this morning to rain which seems weird considering I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and it should be snowing.  I arrived at the school with the usual things on my mind. I wanted to get my day organized, work through the emails that I had ignored at the end of… Continue reading Week in the Life of a Principal-Day 4

Administration, Principals

Week in the Life of a Principal-Day 3

Wednesday, November 13 7:10- I arrive at school knowing that I have a bit of work to do on my sub plan for today, I send out some emails, sign out computer carts for my sub and finish finding the books we were requested to take to our administration meeting today.  I also needed to touch base… Continue reading Week in the Life of a Principal-Day 3