Administration, Effective Teaching and Learning, Instructional Leadership

Keeping My Finger on the Pulse

At this time of year reflection is taking up a lot of my head space.  What has gone really well and what I still need to work on.  I am at the stage of my career now, that I have to work harder to keep up and to keep myself motivated.  It has nothing to… Continue reading Keeping My Finger on the Pulse

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

Administration, IMMOOC, Innovation, Innovative Mindset, Passions

Spreading the News!

One of the things that I have always been frustrated with is my inability to express the passion I have for innovation in education.  I can remember the first time my eyes were opened to new educational ideas while taking my Master's Degree and taking a course by Alex Couros.  I felt way beyond my… Continue reading Spreading the News!

Administration, Growth Mindset, Leadership, Questioning, Teaching, Time Management

What is Innovation Anyway?

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?

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

21 century learning, Math, Parents, social media, Teaching

Understanding the (not so) New Math

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