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”

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”

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”

Importance of ALL School Staff

We talk about the importance of connecting with our students. We talk about how important those connections are for student learning and engagement in their learning. This is true for all students and these connections can have powerful impact on the learning in our schools. In turn, the lack of connections and lack of understandingContinue reading “Importance of ALL School Staff”

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?”

It’s Not About Breakfast

We have a Breakfast Club at our school which is open  each morning from 7:30-8:25, when the morning school bell rings.  In all honesty, it actually usually runs past this time because kids are not often turned away when they come in late and we know they’ve not had breakfast. Last week, we had theContinue reading “It’s Not About Breakfast”

Learning From My Kids

I’ve really been enjoying my time these past couple of weeks.  It’s been nice to “get away from it all” and just take some much-needed time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. I had some lofty plans on getting caught up with work (are you *ever* really caught up?). While I did get a few thingsContinue reading “Learning From My Kids”

Identity Day 2012

Our school is hosting their first Identity Day this coming Wednesday.  This day provides everyone the opportunity to share something about themselves.  It can  be something that is important to them or something that makes them who they are.  It could be a hobby.  It could be a special talent. It could be something thatContinue reading “Identity Day 2012”

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”

Some Plans For This Year

I have a new role in my school this year.  In addition to being the Vice-Principal, I will also be one of the Learning Support teachers (last year, I was the Early Literacy Teacher and the Intermediate Prep teacher for 4 classes in addition to my Vice-Principal role).  I look forward to being part ofContinue reading “Some Plans For This Year”