Creating a space where each member of a community not only feels welcome but valued and respected is a gargantuan challenge. I have been welcomed into spaces where there are is an unwritten code, or set of expectations, that you must identify and comply with if you do not want to fall into disfavour andContinue reading “Keep Going for Equity and Justice”
A smile. “Good morning” at the door or the school. “Hi” in the hallway. Chatting on the playground. Working together in the school garden. Navigating through conflict. Teaching calm down strategies, conflict resolution skills, and perhaps kindness. Supporting budding leaders in their ventures. Visiting classrooms to talk with students about their learning. These are someContinue reading “Maintaining Principal Communication with Kids During “School At Home””
Although there are valiant efforts to socially distance, is it enough?
No, the title is not a joke. MANY years ago, my principal walked into my office, with coffee in hand, and deposited a relatively small pile of report cards on the desk of his beleaguered VP during report card time. Stressed parents. Stressed teachers. Stressed Admin staff. Stress kids. Hundreds of report cards to read,Continue reading “The Joy of Reading Report Cards”
It is that time of year where I am filled with conflicted emotions. I desperately want to eke out every possible enjoyment of summer. The lazy days of summer start to pick up the pace. I desperately want to maximize reading of fiction, organizing, writing, socializing, exercise and random opportunities into the last days ofContinue reading “Back to School”
Engaging with nature is a catalyst for curiosity and the learning that comes with it.
I love the picture of this little guy on the front page of The Vancouver Sun. The sparkle in his eyes and the look on his face remind me so much of my son at that age. With life comes the opportunity for grand adventure! Joy is suppose to be part of every child’s life. Continue reading “A New Age of Joy & Optimism for Indigenous Peoples in Canada”
“We must be dreamers in action, not martyrs in wait.” Thomas Friedman, The World is Flat
“I Believe in You!” This is the mantra of my daughter. To my chagrin in secondary school, she joined the Cheer Squad at Charles Best Secondary School. I saw the objectification of women. She saw the comradarie of the cheer squad and the physical challenge. It has served her well. She bought into the importanceContinue reading “I Believe in You”