Finding Your Pace

Running and Pacing I’ve been training for an upcoming 1/2 marathon for awhile. Now, in order to do this, I’ve had to make a few changes to my lifestyle.  I have adopted an early morning routine. That change, in itself, has… 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

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

I Failed But It Was Worth It

  Failure is Important My run this morning wasn’t great. I laboured through it. My time was below my usual pace and I was struggling. I didn’t run as far as I usually run and my side hurt. It was… 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

But I Can’t “Just Do It”!

How many times have you heard this? It’s sounds so simple – Just Do It! Change is happening all over the place. In fact, so many of us jump into change that is rather life altering — marriage, children, new jobs…. pretty… Continue Reading

How do you connect to the world?

Current World Events That was a title on a board that has been in a few rooms when I’ve taught Social Studies. The idea is that students need to connect with what is happening in the world. Sounds simple. Not really.… Continue Reading

Talk about the Learning….not the grading

Toss the grades. Get rid of grades. Learners don’t need grades. Throw out grades. Over the past few weeks these statements have flittered across my twitter feed. Many teachers I know are shifting and changing how assessment is done in… Continue Reading

Houston, I think we have a (disengagement) problem

It takes a great deal of hard work and support for people to venture forth and try new things. In my last post I discussed my own experiences with rejection in light of the work done by Jia Jiang and… Continue Reading

No, We Don’t Want You

Rejection. It’s a hard to accept. According to Jia Jiang and his work on rejection,  it touches us deep inside and causes pain that is equivalent to being struck, like a slap in the face.  Most of us get the advice to… Continue Reading