Writing Reflections #2- Writing Beyond Distraction

My very best time of day to write throughout my work life has been first thing in the morning.  I love to get up when no one else is up.  No distractions.  Me alone with my coffee, my journal, my computer, and my thoughts.  The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has been very helpful inContinue reading “Writing Reflections #2- Writing Beyond Distraction”

Writing Reflections #1 On Becoming a Writer

I am a person who writes. When I was young, I wrote in a diary. Seemly nothing to say, yet revealing the people that were important, the things that happened around me, and the power plays unfolding. As an adolescent and young adult, I wrote about the things that I could not say without gettingContinue reading “Writing Reflections #1 On Becoming a Writer”

Good-bye to the 2020-2021 School Year

I had scheduled our last assembly of the year on the All Students @Livingstone TEAM to stay in keeping with our COVID cohorts that are still in place until the end on the year. For the first time in my experience, school is not in session due to the heat wave. I just can’t believeContinue reading “Good-bye to the 2020-2021 School Year”

School Leaders Who Blog

As a blogging principal, I was honoured to be featured in the June 2021 issue of the BCPVPA Principl(ed) journal.  It is interesting to read about the many reasons that school leaders choose to blog and the things that they capitalize on.  It is also interesting to ponder the responses that come into play inContinue reading “School Leaders Who Blog”

To Livingstone Grade 7’s as Your World Expands

In June 2020, we tried to replicate the Grad Ceremony in an online meeting. This year we tried to create a celebration for our Grade 7 students that would capture their interest and excitement. This was my farewell speech to our David Livingstone Elementary Grade 7 students as their principal. Students, teachers and our onlineContinue reading “To Livingstone Grade 7’s as Your World Expands”

Reading Recovery Revisited

This week I had the pleasure of meeting with my resource teacher and Reading Recovery teacher, Sonia Pietzsch, to review the results of the Reading Recovery intervention with our Grade 1 students.  The Vancouver School Board is one of the 64 school districts in Canada participating in this reading intervention.   David Livingstone Elementary staff supportContinue reading “Reading Recovery Revisited”

Listen to the Stories

The policy of removing children from their homes to distance them from their families and their cultures was not the idea of one person with enough power to make it happen.  Europeans came to North American and encountered the unfamiliar.  They learned how to survive, navigate the land, extract resources, and benefit from alliances withContinue reading “Listen to the Stories”

Equity in Action

Racism and anti-racism has been more part of the educational conversation this year, than at any time during my time as an educator. Early on in my career, I joined Amnesty International. Participation in community groups, and Amnesty events and actions were the source of much of my learning about white privilege and the inequityContinue reading “Equity in Action”