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”
Category Archives: Educational Leadership
Creating School Community in Time of COVID-19
There has been a concerted effort in Canada to keep school open from Kindergarten to Grade 12 largely to address social-emotional needs for stability and predictability for students in their world. Other natural disasters have kept students from school with surprisingly little impact on their academic achievement. “When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita decimated Louisiana inContinue reading “Creating School Community in Time of COVID-19”
Although I have not always thought of myself as a writer, I have always been one. I have Holly Hobby diaries recording the events of my life – who I liked, where I had ridden my bike, what Nanny Keenan had cooked for Sunday dinner, what my older sister and cousin said, and who hadContinue reading “Why Blog?”
An Inquiry into Communication in Schools
Communicating effectively with each and every student and staff member and parent and community partner and colleague is a tall order but something I hope others will respond to with ideas.
Who are “Breakaway Learners”?
Sometimes, happenstance or serendipity, or whatever you want to call it, just happens. Subject line in my overly full email inbox reads: A seemingly out of the blue email from a children’ book author based in US and living at UBC The text: Long story short, I am a visiting scholar at UBC through MarchContinue reading “Who are “Breakaway Learners”?”
PechaKucha Meets Ignite Meets Edvent
PechaKucha, Ignite and Edvent presentations have various rules to govern the format. They have one basic elements in common, to engage the audience and communicate a message within a fast paced presentation. PechaKucha Nights (PKNs) are a Japanese innovation to allow presentations from multiple presenters throughout the night. 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutesContinue reading “PechaKucha Meets Ignite Meets Edvent”
7 Habits +1 to Empower
“We must be dreamers in action, not martyrs in wait.” Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat
Brave Enough To Try
Over many of years as an educator, I have presented to many audiences in many capacities. I’ve presented to students from Kindergarten to secondary, students at the university level, educators on staff and at professional development events, parents at PAC meetings or on school tours. I have informed and entertained individuals to large groups. IContinue reading “Brave Enough To Try”
Taking learning and purposeful play outside, rain or shine
Investigating Our Practice Conference in the Faculty of Education on Saturday, May 14th. The day was filled with poster presentations, talks and interactive experiences by undergraduates, grad students, faculty and alumni. It was particularly exciting to see the level of engagement of the student giving up their very sunny Vancouver Saturday to consider a rangeContinue reading “Taking learning and purposeful play outside, rain or shine”
Why Do I Lead?
It is a hectic time of year but pretty much every month in the school year is shrouded in busyness. Getting back to school, meeting reporting deadlines, getting ready of special assemblies, celebrations and project presentations with the overarching goal of meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of our students. In administration, you add yet anotherContinue reading “Why Do I Lead?”