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”

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”

Battle of Technology and Pedagogy

First of all, I have a bit of a confession.  When I started on Twitter again almost 2 years ago, I didn’t deeply understand when I read, “It’s not about the technology.” Yes, I understood it on a surface level, and nodded in agreement whenever I heard those words. But, I didn’t really deeply understand.Continue reading “Battle of Technology and Pedagogy”

It’s All About Sharing!

When I started my blog almost 2 years ago, I struggled with coming up with a name for it.  It took me a couple of weeks to finally decide my blog should be titled, “It’s All About Learning”.  For me, it IS all about learning. Everything I do has something to do with learning something:Continue reading “It’s All About Sharing!”

Easy Movie-Making Alternative

In a recent post, I described a Digital Storytelling session in the Digital Sandbox for Administrators that fellow administrator, Antonio Vendramin and I offered for other Surrey School District administrators. You can read about that session here.  During this session, we used iMovie on the iPad to make 60-second movies.  These movies can be veryContinue reading “Easy Movie-Making Alternative”

Playing in the Admin Digital Sandbox

The district in which I work is a very innovative district. We have been focussing on developing important skills like, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking in our students. To truly have any possibility of that happening, it is important for teachers to understand the importance of these skills and be exploring them for themselves.Continue reading “Playing in the Admin Digital Sandbox”

Power of Sharing

I still haven’t finished my “Introduction” to ETMOOC post, but will do that soon. I just had to get this post out of my head tonight. This afternoon, I attended Dean Shareski’s Sharing as Accountability session in the #ETMOOC (Educational Technology Massive Online Open Course) today. It was a great session because it just reaffirmedContinue reading “Power of Sharing”

Year End Blog Wordle and My Rock

Every so often, I make up a word splash (wordle) of words that are most commonly used in my blog.  This was inspired by fellow vice-principal Erin Paynter from Ottawa.  The words you use more often are larger than the other less-used words. It is a good way to reflect on my blog and to ensure that my focusContinue reading “Year End Blog Wordle and My Rock”

On Learning

Earlier in the fall, I wrote a post about the importance of finding time for yourself. You can read that post here.  It is so important to get away and really think, appreciate, and reflect on what is happening around you and in your life.  It is important to take that time for yourself. ItContinue reading “On Learning”