Monthly Archives: February 2012

It’s Not About Power and Control

Whether you are a mother, father, sister, brother, teacher, administrator, or anyone in management, it is important to understand that trying to exert power and control is usually not very effective. Too often I see and hear about people trying … Continue reading

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Positively Positive – Attitude IS Everything!

Attitude is everything.  Everywhere.  In every situation. A person’s attitude not only contributes to one’s own feelings, but also the feelings of others. A person’s attitude is contagious.  If you have a positive, optimistic, attitude, that is what you will … Continue reading

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Self-Assessment – Oh the Horror!

Self-Assessment … it’s a (long) process. We all know the importance of Assessment AS learning …. This is when students (and adults, for that matter) reflect, and self-assess their learning that real long-term learning and growth can occur. When the … Continue reading

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App-Learning Curve

Having iPads at my school and having to manage them and their apps has proven to be an interesting task.  If you know me at all, you would know that when I am involved in a project I usually jump … Continue reading

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Letter Grades and Learning

My students started their self-assessment for Term 2 today (in the 2 French classes I teach).  I also managed to start the individual conferences with my students. During these conferences, we discussed the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for the term … Continue reading

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Attendance and Engagement

Engagement is what makes the difference for kids! I am the vice principal of an inner-city school. It has been determined that our school is in the top ten percent of schools in our district of 124 schools with the … Continue reading

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David Warlick – Part 2 – Checklist for Teachers

There were many wonderful ideas and thoughts presented to us by David Warlick (@dwarlick) at the Focus Day this past Friday.  Instead of trying to share all that I learned in one VERY long blog post, I have decided to … Continue reading

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Focus Day with David Warlick – Part 1

David Warlick presented at our District Focus Day today. What a great 5 hours this was!  Yes, 5 hours with David Warlick.  To say that many of us, okay, probably just me, were overwhelmed at the end of David’s presentation … Continue reading

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David Warlick Preview

David Warlick (@dwarlick), author of blog 2 Cents Worth, is visiting our district tomorrow for the second time this year. In October, he talked to us during one of our Engaging the Digital Learner evening sessions.  His session was entitled, … Continue reading

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Children: The Heart of the Matter

Our city is hosting the Children: The Heart of the Matter conference this weekend.  Last night was the Keynote address by Dr. Gordon Neufeld.  Dr. Neufeld is a developmental psychologist with 40 years of experience with children and youth and … Continue reading

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