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

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

#saskedchat July 16th

Our topic for the July 16th #saskedchat was Connecting students with the world. Participants shared strategies, ideas and resource links as they discussed the importance of connecting events in the world with students in the classroom. There were some great… Continue Reading

5 Ways to Empower Educators

    Ever feel totally empowered? Like you could do anything? I know that when I feel this way, I sure can get a lot done, more than I thought was possible when I began. When I’m not empowered? I’m… 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

8 Things Teachers Should Do This Summer

Photo Credit: think be inspired via Compfight cc It’s that time of year when people offer ideas and advice about what teachers should do over the summer months. Many of them involve reading educational books, taking in conferences, blogging and… Continue Reading

What’s “IT” about?

That smiling little girl above is my 4th daughter. At the time of this picture she had just begun to speak words that people could understand. For most of her life she has worked to overcome a severe speech impediment… Continue Reading