Connected Principals Posts

I encourage you to watch this video from Edutopia on the importance of relationships for learning: “Emotion and learning are completely connected.” Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn. #HowLearningHappens pic.twitter.com/ELTtCWPJhz — edutopia (@edutopia) September 7, 2019 It would be an excellent video for … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of the Reciprocated Relationship in Education

I am often asked, “how much screen-time would you suggest for a child?” This question usually comes to me after a presentation, and then I ask, “how much screen time have you had in the last hour?” I often get responses from 0-30 minutes, but then I point out that the presentation was on a screen … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of Meaningful Creation

These last couple of week, I’ve been on the road a lot visiting schools and principals across my state. For the next couple of weeks, I plan to share some thoughts from the road – literally. This week’s episode I recorded while driving (after safely cuing my recorder before starting a long drive). 5 Takeaways […]

Read More PMP164: On the Road – Thoughts for New School Leaders

This is from Sanée Bell’s fantastic book, “Be Excellent on Purpose; Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership“: Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet the needs of all … [Read more…]

Read More Bringing Out the Gifts and Talents of Every Child

I have no idea where I am going with this post, but I wanted to work through these ideas through writing. Bear with me. Here is a question that popped…

Read More Beyond a Diploma

I have no idea where I am going with this post, but I wanted to work through these ideas through writing. Bear with me. Here is a question that popped into my head recently; Would our students and communities see school (K-12) as valuable and as an essential endeavor if there was no diploma offered? … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond a Diploma

I have no idea where I am going with this post, but I wanted to work through these ideas through writing. Bear with me. Here is a question that popped into my head recently; Would our students and communities see school (K-12) as valuable and as an essential endeavor if there was no diploma offered? … [Read more…]

Read More Beyond a Diploma

In my workshops, I often talk about the importance of greeting students at the door in the morning to set the tone for the entire day. A simple welcome can…

Read More The Enthusiasm of Our Students

In my workshops, I often talk about the importance of greeting students at the door in the morning to set the tone for the entire day. A simple welcome can provide the enthusiasm and warmth that gets a student excited and ready for the day. As shared in “Innovate Inside the Box,” this simple gesture … [Read more…]

Read More The Enthusiasm of Our Students

All over Canada, and at many schools in North America, today is the first day of school. Doing the work that I do today, I did not realize that until I opened up Facebook this morning and was hit by a barrage of “the first day of grade _____” pictures all over my feed.  The … [Read more…]

Read More Maintaining “First-Day” Excitement