Author Archive for dkerr

I'm the Intermediate School Principal (Grades 3-8) of Academia Cotopaxi in Quito, Ecuador. I'm passionate about relationship building, student learning, and inspiring community and culture. Education is my passion and I blog weekly for my faculty hoping to inspire sustainable change, and to help sharpen my saw so to speak. I also blog weekly for The International Educator (TIE) online magazine. Check out the following links www.mondaymusings.org and www.tieonline.com

Whose Child Is This?

So last week we had our first quarter parent-teacher conferences, and it was incredibly fulfilling to see and hear these partnerships working together to support our kids. There were so many meaningful conversations happening all over the school, each revolving…

True Heroes!

So this past week I held a leadership assembly for our beautiful Middle School students as part of our Blue Sky Monday initiative. We talked about the power of empathy, a culture of kindness, the role and opportunity of bystanders,…

A Global University

So if you’ve been following any of my previous posts over the past few weeks, you know that we’ve been interviewing several outstanding educational leaders to be our next High School Principal. The process has been inspiring in many ways…

What I Know About Kids…

So I was speaking with a young, prospective teacher the other day about his future in education, and at the end of our conversation he asked me a really good question…a question that I had to stop and think about…

You Are The Weather!

So there’s this little girl that I know who might just be the happiest person that I have ever met. I fortunately get to see her every morning, and her contagious warmth, smile, and attitude brightens my mood without fail,…

School as a Fairy Tale

So for those of you who have seen me over the past few weeks, you know that I’ve been pretty excited. Not only about the year that we’ve just begun, but about the journey that we’ve embarked on as a…

New Beginnings

So this past Friday I had the opportunity to meet dozens of new students and their families who have just recently arrived new from all over the world to our amazing school, and it got me thinking about new beginnings.…

Oh to be a Teacher…

So I went for a run yesterday through a park close to where I live. It was a gorgeous summer-like day, and it felt like the entire neighborhood was out enjoying the sunshine…families having picnics, people fishing in the pond,…

We All Play a Part

So I received an email this past week from a former student of mine who wanted to check in and catch up. He’s just now finishing his degree in sports medicine, and at the end of the message he thanked…

Forgiveness

So one of the reasons that I love spending all day with Middle School kids is because they are constantly reminding me about what really matters in life. A day doesn’t go by without me being inspired by their openness,…

Late Bloomers

So there’s this boy in our High School who seems to thrive on negative attention. For whatever reason, he seems to always be in some sort of trouble or giving his teachers some cause for concern, and it’s unfortunately making…

Skating and School

So I went home to eastern Canada this past Christmas for the first time in six years and it was amazing. A cold and snowy winter wonderland that provided my two kids with some new and challenging experiences like skating,…

Living a Life Well Lived

So this is my 100th post since I began sending these out over three years ago! I’ve had so much fun over the past few days reflecting back on the incredible number of educational issues that we’ve thought about as…

A Culture of Trust

So as I was taking part in last week’s Middle School curriculum leaders meeting, I was once again struck by the importance and necessity of a positive school climate and culture. We were all busy and engaged in providing meaningful…

Don’t Resist the Day

So a very good friend and former colleague of ours is fighting a late stage, aggressive form of cancer……..and I’ve been feeling very sad. Speaking to him on the phone over the last couple of weeks has been heart-wrenching at…

Defining Moments

So this week I’d like to talk a little bit about the defining moments in a student’s life, as well as the kind of “learning” that I believe to be the most profound, impactful, and enduring throughout a student’s education.…

The Power of a Smile

So this week I want to talk about the power of a smile. I know it’s been a difficult week canadian pharmacy no prescription with what’s been happening in Boston, and with yesterday’s earthquake in China’s Sichuan province, and I…

Moral Purpose

So this week I’d like to talk about the idea of “moral purpose” in education……lately this term keeps coming up over and over again in my conversations with other Principals and teacher leaders, and it seems like these days I…

Pay It Forward

So just over a week ago I decided to track down a old teacher of mine……I wanted to tell her that the incredibly positive influence that she had on me way back in High School is still resonating deeply in…

The Heart of the Matter

So this week I want to talk about struggling students, or more to the point, our responsibility as educators to truly get down to the heart of the matter when it comes to why kids aren’t learning. I firmly believe…