I loved Back to School throughout my career as an educator. I loved buying new school supplies. Choosing new posters. Back to school clothes shopping. Fresh bulletin boards. Welcoming students to a new school year. I was a big believer in tapping into student excitement to be back and involving them in creating an inclusive culture. The concept of “inclusive classrooms”Continue reading “Back to School for Teachers: Building Classroom Culture”
The notion of a moral imperative to guide action is not a new concept. For German philosopher, Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804), human understanding of pure reason was the basis for a moral code defining subsequent action. Long before that, holy books from world religions were proposing a course of action focussed on the moralContinue reading “The Moral Imperative”
The problem with telling lies, is it can easily become a lifelong habit. The people I respect least in the world have spouted a litany of lies that obscure the concept of truth in their own minds. And, as every wise grandmother, Shakespeare and popular fiction will tell you – lies always surface. Plato’s notionContinue reading “Truth Matters in 2020”
The goal is for kids to develop the skills to problem solve and the confidence that they can. Adults are involved in the process to ensure that name calling and bullying do not become an accepted norm.
Brokenleg et al. identify belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity as basic growth needs of all children to thrive.
As every administrator in every school regularly does, I pulled our students together to talk about our Code of Conduct. We decided to divide primary and intermediate students into two smaller groups so I could tailor the conversation about RISE (Respect / Improve / Safe / Encourage ) to each age group. The primaries gatheredContinue reading “Be Kind Wherever You Go”