And How Are You Today?

How often have you asked the question? What about “How are you doing?” or one similar? How often have you listened to the response? Really listened. In the hustle and bustle of the day, we’re all very busy and such conversations are sometimes fillers as we politely listen to a reply. And there are those…

You Know Enough – Now Start

Starting….. It’s hard. It requires taking that first step. Of following it with another. Of having to get back up if you fall down. Learning to walk is tough but small children soon learn all the complex steps in taking one step, then another, then another… then they’re running. Getting started on making change or…

#saskedchat – November 12, 2015

Our topic for the November 12th, 2015 chat was Moving from Teacher Competition to Collaboration. The participants were eager to explore this topic and had great insights into the reasons why competition sometimes masquerades as collaboration and how, at times, cooperation can be substituted for collaboration. Both Competition and Cooperation allow school staffs to get…

9 Ways to Use Portfolios with Students

A Show Case of Learning As a teacher, I began having students create portfolios as a way to show what they were doing in class. The first portfolios were Show Case portfolios in which students would included their best work. Each student would select a number of assignments which they thought demonstrated their best work…

The Human Side of School

In a recent Switch and Shift article How Technology is Challenging the Human Side of Business, Pam Ross discusses her role in helping leaders bridge the technology/human ¬†relationship gap. The thing is, technology impacts our workplaces and our culture like never before. To the same degree, it also provides ways to better connect, communicate and…

Let’s Try Re-Framing

The First Follower This is one of my favourite videos about leadership and being willing to take risks. Early in my career as a¬†teacher, and then as an administrator, I often was so focused on my own agenda that I often missed out on helping others who were more talented that I was as particular…