Tyranny of the Urgent

To say things have been extremely busy at my work would be an understatement. A HUGE understatement. We have been pretty bombarded with crisis after crisis after crisis. However, have ALL these things been REALLY urgent? As urgent as they have been presented to us? That is the question. Sure, many of them have. Not allContinue reading “Tyranny of the Urgent”

Dreams Take Flight

A week ago, I had the amazing opportunity to be involved with Dreams Take Flight. This is a non-profit organization that takes a plane full of needy/special kids (and escorts) to Disneyland for the day. Yes, Disneyland for the day. 1 day – actually, 8 hours.  What a wonderful experience! I have thought about thisContinue reading “Dreams Take Flight”

Intellectual Virtues

I was listening to a podcast this morning and wanted to share their message. The H2H (Hearth to Heart) podcast has short podcasts (under 15 minutes) for those who are leading in education and want to make a real difference. The podcast I was listening to this morning was entitled, “Modeling Intellectual Rigor and CourageContinue reading “Intellectual Virtues”

Keep Calm and Share On!

“Together We Are Better” ~ John Paul Warren At home. With our administrative partnerships. With our teachers and Education Assistants in our schools. Among our relationships with district-wide colleagues. Within the community. With our world-wide #pln. Sharing matters.  We are most often better when we work together.  We have so much to learn from oneContinue reading “Keep Calm and Share On!”

Psychotherapist, Teacher, both or more?

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” ~Henry Brooks Adams This evening after a long, emotionally challenging day, and a hard set of stairs at 1001 steps I needed to just sit back and do something a bit mindless.  You know those days, right? So… I headed on over to Facebook.Continue reading “Psychotherapist, Teacher, both or more?”

Letter Grades …. A Parent’s Worry

I am blogging as a parent of a little girl (she would say big girl, but anyways, she’ll always be my baby) who is entering Grade 4 this year in British Columbia. Academically, she has done very well throughout her schooling thus far. But, I still worry. I am concerned about the letter grades sheContinue reading “Letter Grades …. A Parent’s Worry”

Importance of Story

As we start a new school year, I have been reflecting upon some of our students and how far they have come over the past 3 years. Many of our students who have shown the most substantial growth in the time I have known them, also seem to have the furthest to continue to grow.Continue reading “Importance of Story”

Too Positive?

    I have had some difficult times in my life. If you have followed this blog for the past three years, you probably saw a bit of a glimpse here and there into my childhood and some challenging times as an adult. These times required a great deal of resilience to get through and becomeContinue reading “Too Positive?”