#saskedchat – November 12th, 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,… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

It isn’t This or That

Last year I began working on a PhD full time. It meant leaving my family and living apart for a period of time. Almost every night I would join them via Skype or Facetime to talk and hear about their… Continue Reading

Are you Failing or Flailing?

Failing or Flailing? On a resent episode of  Mitch Joel’s podcast Six Pixels of Separation, Mitch talks with Seth Godin about his book What To Do When It’s Your Turn and It’s Always Your Turn . During the interview Seth Godin… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Take aways, Reminders and a Challenge

Dave Burgess – Teach Like a Pirate speaking at SMYA What’s the best part of a Conference? Last week I attended and spoke at the SMYA conference. Dave Burgess – Teach Like a Pirate – was the keynote for the… Continue Reading

Don’t Imitate – Innovate

It might be flattering to have someone imitate you. You might feel it’s necessary to imitate a mentor. But creativity and innovation rarely happen through imitation. It might start with what someone else is doing but creativity and innovation use… Continue Reading

Do You Love Learning?

Do you love to learn? Try new things? Explore new ideas? Read books/ebooks about a variety of topics? Search Youtube for different topics? Search the net to learn about something you are doing? Tried a MOOC (Massive Online Open Class)?… Continue Reading