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, 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

Growth Mindset, Parents, Positive Thinking, Students, Teaching

Meaningful Mindset

Here I am being prompted to write another post because of something I saw on Facebook.  I am not sure if that means I should spend less time on Facebook or not, because it does lead me to think of some important topics.   Growth mindset is a topic that comes up often in educational… Continue reading Meaningful Mindset

Students

Music to Exercise the Brain

  I had the honor and pure enjoyment of starting my week attending and supervising our winter band concert this past week.  I am always over the top impressed with the level of musical skill our students are able to demonstrate in such a short period of time. We share our band instructor with 3 other schools and the students only have… Continue reading Music to Exercise the Brain

Leadership, Student Voice, Students

Student leadership…well worth the struggle.

A few years ago when I started my position as vice-principal, all of our middle-years students became my sole responsibility once a cycle for 45 minutes.  Since then, I have recruited our French teacher to help me with our leadership teams, but let me tell you, it is still  the most overwhelming 45 minutes in most of my weeks. There are… Continue reading Student leadership…well worth the struggle.