Innovation Days

Last year, our school participated in Identity Day.  Every member of our school community: all students and all staff, created an Identity Day Project.  The projects represented something about who they were as individuals. The projects could have represented something about their life, something they liked, or something they were passionate about. You get the idea.Continue reading “Innovation Days”

What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me

This is going to be a somewhat personal post. I have been pondering this for quite some time and have finally decided to write about it and share. For the past 2 and one half years I have been the vice-principal of an inner-city school in the school district where I work (not all ourContinue reading “What My Inner City School Experience Has Given Me”

Fred Factor – Do you have it?

I very recently read Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn.  This  was recommended by educational leader, Justin Tarte in his must reads  for those in the field of education.  At the beginning of his book, Sanborn describes is postman, Fred and how Fred went above and beyond all expectations as a US Postal Carrier. Not onlyContinue reading “Fred Factor – Do you have it?”

11 Lessons Learned on the Stairs Today

As many of you many know, I have a passion for photography. I love taking photos and revisiting places I have been, moments in time, and all kind of memories through photographs I take. Unfortunately, I do not take photos as often as I'd like anymore. So, this post will feature some my most recentContinue reading “11 Lessons Learned on the Stairs Today”

Can’t Force Learning

I must be trying to get my head back into school-mode because everything that happens lately, no matter how small, makes me think about school, leadership, and learning. My last post here is one example. This morning, while relaxing in bed for a while too long, my 2-year-old wanted me to help him up onContinue reading “Can’t Force Learning”

Importance of Scaffolding

In a recent discussion with a friend, we talked about meeting the needs of our highly diverse students.  We talked about the difficulties some people seem to have with understanding the need to scaffold work for students. The discussion reminded me of when I was a student teacher way back when and my faculty associate,Continue reading “Importance of Scaffolding”

Leadership Lessons

I’ve been reflecting a great deal lately about what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about leadership and leading. I would like to share a few of these reflections here. During my nearly 8 years as a vice-principal (with two 6-month maternity leaves thrown in there), a number of leadership lessons stick out for meContinue reading “Leadership Lessons”

Inspired

The other day, I was asked a question about who inspires me. What a great question! I could go on and on for hours about all the people who inspire me each and every day.  As administrators, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many people: kids, teachers, education assistants, parents, communityContinue reading “Inspired”

Not Only About Passion-Based Learning

In part, he World English Dictionary defines passion as “A strong affection or enthusiasm for an object,  concept, etc: a passion for poetry.” We’ve been hearing a great deal about “Passion-Based Learning”.  People are realizing the importance of giving our students the opportunity to learn about things that are of interest to them – things they are passionate about.  We talk about the importance of involvingContinue reading “Not Only About Passion-Based Learning”

A Smackdown and More

A couple of weeks ago, I received a surprising, but very pleasant, direct message on Twitter that went something like this, “Going to be in Surrey in a couple of weeks… want to get together?”  Umm… Yeah! Absolutely!  The message was from Dean Shareski! Dean presented at our district’s Engaging the Digital Learner Dinner Series inContinue reading “A Smackdown and More”