Moving Beyond Half Truths and Innuendo

In The Vancouver Sun (Jan.3,2015 page A3), Daphne Braham did an OpEd piece: “A call for a return to rationality”.   Imagine the notion of proposing the checking of facts before forming opinions.   Brilliant!  What happened to the pause button, the one that use to be hit before uninformed criticisms intended to discredit, were lobbedContinue reading “Moving Beyond Half Truths and Innuendo”

To New Year Resolution or Not to…

Everywhere you go these days, the shift has happened from Merry Christmas to the focus on New Year plans and best wishes. 2015 is nearly upon us and I will not be going to bed early. I am a grand believer in celebrating each new year. I’m also a grand believer in the New Year’sContinue reading “To New Year Resolution or Not to…”

The Power of The Talking Stick

Last weekend I came across a great tweet by Dr. Allen Mendler. ¬†He did a nice job of articulating the need for educators to directly teach students how to have a conversation. ¬†The last item on his list was recommending using a talking stick. ¬†Last week I had one of many experiences, that have underlinedContinue reading “The Power of The Talking Stick”

The Business of Being a Literacy Leader

International Reading Association members have now had a chance to digest (or peruse) their journal or online Sept/Oct subscriptions. Marie Craig Post references significant changes in the International Reading Association and reports the questions/concerns raised at the leadership conference (The Business of Leading) that I was attending with 114 other International Reading Association leaders acrossContinue reading “The Business of Being a Literacy Leader”

Embracing Questions and Moving Forward

The October, Provincial Professional Development Day in BC has become more of a Professional Development weekend. ¬†Sessions start Thursday night and continue on through the weekend to make the most of the opportunity for participants from across the province to develop background knowledge, pursue passions and work collaboratively with like minded people. ¬†The BC PrincipalsContinue reading “Embracing Questions and Moving Forward”

Another Look at Gratitude

The return to school after job action has been fraught with complexity and things to do. This week we hit a moment of pause and celebration. It is one of those moments that become one of ‚Äúthe moments‚ÄĚ that make all the difference in a life. Canadians, whether by nature or training, are good atContinue reading “Another Look at Gratitude”

Dr. Gregory Cahete Speaks at UBC Longhouse

As alumni of UBC, I was pleased to receive the invite to attend Dr. Gregory Cahete’s talk:¬† Indigenous Community in a 21st Century World: The Re-Emergence of Indigenous Community Education.¬† I have been a fan of Dr. Cahete (professor of Education at the University of New Mexico for the past 18 years), since I readContinue reading “Dr. Gregory Cahete Speaks at UBC Longhouse”

Technology Tools to Inspire Thinking

Dr.Ruben Puentedura presented his SAMR model in Vancouver this past August. His work at Harvard has focused on developing this model to consider the application of technology in educational contexts has been of considerable interest on the conference circuit. He has observed and classified how technology is applied in educational contexts and describes them withContinue reading “Technology Tools to Inspire Thinking”

Blogging for Thinking – Reboot

As you may remember from the earlier Blogging for Thinking post, Virginia Bowden and I started our inquiry project in February of this year with two groups of students identified as gifted. These students were participating in two different district programs at an elementary school in Vancouver. Our quest was to use blogging as aContinue reading “Blogging for Thinking – Reboot”

The Art of Mentorship

I have been very fortunate to have four mentors who have been instrumental in helping my to define my values as an educator. They gave me opportunities, asked questions, and provided me the positive reinforcement to engage in change at key junctures of my career. They did not set out to fit me into aContinue reading “The Art of Mentorship”