Personalized Learning

The great debate in education, particularly where I live in British Columbia, seems to be Personalized Learning or Personalized Education. There was an #edchat chat this Tuesday with this as the topic. The focus for the chat was based on the following question, “What do we mean by the personalization of education & is itContinue reading “Personalized Learning”

Obsession? or Passion?

For the last 8 months I have been focused on my learning, in an effort to help others, including myself and my colleagues, but, most importantly, the students in my school. During this time, I have been blogging regularly as a way to make meaning and build connections with many of the things  I haveContinue reading “Obsession? or Passion?”

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”

Self-Assessment – Oh the Horror!

Self-Assessment … it’s a (long) process. We all know the importance of Assessment AS learning …. This is when students (and adults, for that matter) reflect, and self-assess their learning that real long-term learning and growth can occur. When the students in my Health and Career Education classes completed their end of the term self-assessmentContinue reading “Self-Assessment – Oh the Horror!”

Attendance and Engagement

Engagement is what makes the difference for kids! I am the vice principal of an inner-city school. It has been determined that our school is in the top ten percent of schools in our district of 124 schools with the highest rate of absenteeism. So, you may wonder what is being done to help increaseContinue reading “Attendance and Engagement”

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”

7 Month’s of Learning Wordle

Wordle is a very interesting and fun Web 2.0 tool to use. It is great for brainstorming, demonstrating learning, and even for projects about a topic.  I have used it as a reflection tool as well. A short time after starting my blog in July, 2011, I ran the URL of my blog through WordleContinue reading “7 Month’s of Learning Wordle”

Open Your Hearts

I’ve been doing a great deal of reflecting these days (as I always do), but this has been a bit different.  I usually reflect upon my practise, decisions, teaching, leadership, parenting, and relationships.  Last night, with all that has been happening at my school lately, I did a lot of reflecting on the students atContinue reading “Open Your Hearts”

Things to Remember for 2012

I was hoping to do more blogging over this holiday season, but, as you can see, that just didn’t happen.  With my entire family being sick, Christmas shopping and the festivities that followed, and now the planning of birthdays (my baby turns 1 tomorrow and my other two have birthdays in January), things have beenContinue reading “Things to Remember for 2012”

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”