Be Kind to Yourself

It was Friday morning and my classroom was empty. The students had just left with the teacher who helps them exchange their library books for the week. A few minutes after my students in Grade 1 and 2 left the class, in walked in another student. He was a few minutes late and had hisContinue reading “Be Kind to Yourself”

Where are the Women Keynote Speakers?

Where are the Women Keynote Speakers? This post was collaboratively written by: Jessica Johnson Melissa Emler Heidi Hutchison Iram Khan Kaye Henrickson               Tia Henriksen                              In a recent discussion in our Women in Leadership oxer group,Continue reading “Where are the Women Keynote Speakers?”

Future Members of Society

As I wrote about recently, I had the pleasure of participating in the BCPVPA Short Course for administrators last week. We had many inspiring speakers, great connections with administrators from around the province and heart-felt conversations about kids and the future. On Friday, we had the pleasure of learning from Judy Halbert and Linda Kaser.Continue reading “Future Members of Society”

Things I Know For Sure

This past week, 120+ new administrators and 20+ facilitators gathered at UBC for connection, inspiration, and reflection. We all participated in the BCPVPA Short Course: Lenses of Leadership for new Administrators that has been happening at the beginning of July for the past 38 years (you can check out the hashtag #bcpvpa for some inspiration).Continue reading “Things I Know For Sure”

Power of Educators

Sometimes, I think we as individual educators do not realize the ultimate power we have over what we do. Oftentimes, I think that we wait for others to lead us and to show us what is out there. Don’t get me wrong, learning from others is essential. Collaboration in today’s world is imperative. What weContinue reading “Power of Educators”

A New Role, a New District, and New Connections

It is Spring Break and after my first 2 1/2 months of being a principal, I have found time to do some important 3-R’s – rest, rejuvenate, and reflect. Heading into the final stretch of a school year, all these are imperative to continue on and end the year strong. On January 1st, I became aContinue reading “A New Role, a New District, and New Connections”

My Word for 2015

Many educators have been reflecting on 2014 and making plans for 2015. In doing so, many have chosen one (or more) word to be their focus for this year. This word reflects what they feel is most important in their own growth – both personally and professionally – for 2015. When I reflect on 2014Continue reading “My Word for 2015”

A Bit of Me

A Bit of a Goodbye After 20 years in my current district, it is time to say goodbye. It’s not really a goodbye though. Even though we will not be seeing one other at district meetings, we will continue to visit, exchange emails, vox each other, talk on Facebook, and inspire each other on Twitter.Continue reading “A Bit of Me”

Not a “Techie”

This may be a strange post written by someone who blogs about education and sometimes about the amazing things that we can accomplish using technology in our schools. I love what can be done now with our students. I love the connections we can make with people and experts around the world. I love that weContinue reading “Not a “Techie””

The Starbuck’s Way

For me, I believe that we can learn in every environment we find ourselves. Learning is everywhere around us, we just need to take time to take it all in. I would like to describe a recent learning experience I encountered. As I was sitting in Starbucks the other day reading a book, I couldn’tContinue reading “The Starbuck’s Way”