I am sitting at my desk in a very quiet school on the last day in June. I am not sure whether to laugh or cry. The crying part is just becomes I am ridiculously tired I think. I was just reading some PGP reflections my teachers posted on their blogs and thinking about the… Continue reading Before I Walk Out the Door
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?
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!
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 have learned so many things since becoming a school administrator 8 years ago. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is to respect the reality that teachers are all at different places in developing their craft. They are certainly at a different comfort level with using technology and with reaching out… Continue reading What is Innovation Anyway?
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
I will confess I am a social media junkie and like to participate on a daily basis. I encourage our teachers to use twitter accounts to share classroom happenings and I put effort into keeping our Pleasantdale School twitter account and Facebook page up to date. I have always had an unwritten rule about social media, that… Continue reading Understanding the (not so) New Math
Everywhere we turn in the media are interviews and information about job stress. I have seen multiple articles, posts and studies lately about the teaching profession and how many young teachers we are losing due to job stress and other reasons. The statistics show that our young teachers are only staying in the profession for… Continue reading Staying the Course
I been thinking recently how hard it can be to stay right in the moment in this job. It seems like with the greater focus on gathering data and striving toward future goals it can be easy to forget to celebrate the journey and remember the story along the way. Now I am not trying to say that goals and data… Continue reading Celebrating the Moments