Not All Animals Are Pets

Knowledge provides power to keep yourself safe.  We do children a disservice by not teaching them the difference between their own pets, other people’s pets, domesticated animals, and wildlife.  In some cases, children get hurt when they don’t know how to act appropriately.  In all too many cases, it is the animals who are killed when there isContinue reading “Not All Animals Are Pets”

There is no bad weather…

No matter where you live, you have a choice to make. You will bemoan the changing of each season or you will celebrate it. I am a big believer in the celebration. Fall in Vancouver, British Columbia brings a promise of colourful leaves, crisp mornings, white caps on the waves, and the advent of theContinue reading “There is no bad weather…”

Writing Reflection #3: Reading Like A Writer

I started teaching in the heyday of the Writing Process.  It was all about having Post It notes accessible when you came across a great word.  I was teaching Grade 2 with many students learning English as a second or third language.  It was mostly about words and vocabulary development when they marked their books with post its.  However,Continue reading “Writing Reflection #3: Reading Like A Writer”

Perspectives On Belonging 2021

As with any project, The Perspectives On Belonging Project 2021, has been far more about the learning than a final product. Of course the framing of the project was far too grand in scope to accomplish within one year during COVID. I can take full responsibility for that. I am a BIG picture person. TheContinue reading “Perspectives On Belonging 2021”

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”

The Thrill of New Discoveries

If you live or visit Vancouver, sighting a Pacific Blue Heron is as likely as seeing a seagull or a Canada Goose.  Usually, it is one large statuesque and graceful bird alone on the golf course or at the beach during low tide. New discovery today. The Great Blue Heron Rookery is part of myContinue reading “The Thrill of New Discoveries”

Reporting Student Achievement in British Columbia

Report cards will be sent home this Thursday and I’m feeling triumphant.  I have read all the report cards, Individual Education Plans, English language inserts, Resource inserts and in some cases student self assessments and curriculum summaries.  I have asked questions, made comments, suggestions, and signed off on nearly all of them.   They are copiedContinue reading “Reporting Student Achievement in British Columbia”

BC Literacy Council in Action

After many years of inactivity, the British Columbia Literacy Council of the International Literacy Association was reinvigorated with new energy and revitalization last fall. We took off running. The executive council organized and facilitated three successful events and had a lot of fun doing it. You can read more about it on our website readingbc.ca.Continue reading “BC Literacy Council in Action”