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, 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

Parents, Relationships, Teamwork

Reaching Out to Our Parents

  This fall when we re-organized our School Community Council (SCC) for another year, I was struggling to try to find a member who wanted to step up to be chairperson for the committee.  Our past chair had worked tirelessly for two years and was wanting a break.  I can't say I blame her because… Continue reading Reaching Out to Our Parents

Administration, branding, Leadership, Parents, Reflection, Teamwork

What I Learned in 2014

      I started the school year in September kind of beat up and shell-shocked from a very stressful year that ended in June.  I had allowed the stress of the year to consume me and it took a toll on my enthusiasm, health and desire to do my job well. Over the summer… Continue reading What I Learned in 2014

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

Administration, Positive Thinking, Teamwork

The Beauty of a Fresh Start

I love fresh starts...those times when you are able to start with a fresh canvas and many options ahead.  That is why I love the beginning of each new school year. We meet, once again, as a school team looking forward to our students arrival and having energy we have built up over the summer to tackle new… Continue reading The Beauty of a Fresh Start

Students, Teaching, Teamwork

Thank Goodness for Early Years Teachers

    My very first teaching job was a grade 1 and 2 classroom on a fly in First Nations Reserve in northern Manitoba.  I was so excited to have a teaching position and, of course, for my husband and I there were many changes, with our first year of living on our own as… Continue reading Thank Goodness for Early Years Teachers

21 century learning, Teaching, Team Teaching, Teamwork

Co- Teaching Just Makes Sense

I was inspired to write this post after listening to a discussion about team teaching at our staff meeting on Monday. I had asked our RTI (Response to Intervention) teacher to talk about her experiences with co-teaching and invited a few of the classroom teachers she works with to share their thoughts as well. I… Continue reading Co- Teaching Just Makes Sense

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