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”

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”

School Makes Our Students…

Okay, I am a bit behind on things I want to blog about, but here it goes… Back in March (yah, March), there was a lot on the web about what happens when you type “School makes me” into a Google search. A lot of not so nice things come up in the search resultsContinue reading “School Makes Our Students…”

Connecting With Home

This post is inspired by Chris Kennedy – Superintendent of West Vancouver School District, and more importantly, proud father of 4.  In September, Chris wrote a post on his blog, Culture of Yes, entitled Some of My Parenting Wishes For This Year. As I read this post in September, I felt myself continually nodding myContinue reading “Connecting With Home”

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 Learning Learning

We just completed our first week with our school full of students, educators, and parents. What a great week it was.  It’s always so much better once the staff and students arrive.  They make all the planning and hard work before-hand worth it.  I don’t know about you, but seeing the faces of the childrenContinue reading “Learning Learning Learning”

Pushing the Envelope

We are about to embark upon an exciting new school year! Our school received an Innovative Learning Designs Grant which 10 of our teachers are involved with. Those teachers formed small groups and wrote inquiry questions in April of last year. Those inquiry questions were to be their focus this year.  We  will be revisitingContinue reading “Pushing the Envelope”

Be Curious

For the past three years we’ve taken a family road trip to Disneyland. Even though we end up at Disney, this vacation is much more than a Disney trip. We take our time driving down, stopping at many forests, playgrounds, beaches, and visiting friends along the way. One playground we have stopped at on each tripContinue reading “Be Curious”

School is Home

While I have always known it, from personal experience, this year made me realize once again just how important school is for our students.  School is a safe place for many students.  The ONLY safe place. Our students know what to expect, for the most part, from school. They know what to expect from theirContinue reading “School is Home”