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”

It Always Comes Back to Relationships

The teaching assignment in my vice-principal role has changed slightly from last year. This year I am part of the Learner Support Teacher Team.  I work with students in Grade 1, 2, and 4. My first inkling was to get all the sight words, guided reading books, and other materials ready to bombard these learnersContinue reading “It Always Comes Back to Relationships”

Mother’s Day Reflection

I have celebrated eight Mother’s Days (if you count the one when I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 7-years-old).  I am very fortunate to have 3 wonderful children: Trista (7), Pauli (4), and Carson (1).  I am proud of each one of them for many reasons. When I became a mom, IContinue reading “Mother’s Day Reflection”

My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post – 1/10

Like I have mentioned, being a mom is the most important thing I do. It always has to come first!  I am fortunate to have 3 wonderful kids: Trista (7), Pauli (4), and Carson (1).  They brighten my each and every day. I feel so fortunate to have them in my life!  I learn somethingContinue reading “My Top Ten in Ten Days – Celebrating my 100th Blog Post – 1/10”

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 to exert their control and power over another individual(s).  Perhaps, they feel that is theirContinue reading “It’s Not About Power and Control”

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 their care-givers.  He has presented his ideas extensively around the world and has written aContinue reading “Children: The Heart of the Matter”

Office as Punishment Vs Understanding

As administrators, we are often responsible for disciplining children. When students misbehave, they are often sent to the office.  There are many ways administrators can deal with children when they are sent to the office.  The office can be seen as a venue of punishment or of care and understanding.   Office as One ofContinue reading “Office as Punishment Vs Understanding”

I’m Thankful

The Thanksgiving long weekend is here already. It’s amazing to me how fast this year has gone so far!  I can’t let this weekend end though, without blogging about the 10 things for which I am most thankful (I’m sure there are well over 10).  In no particular order, this year’s list of the TenContinue reading “I’m Thankful”