Author Archive for David Truss

David Truss joined Connected Principals while working as a Principal in Dalian, China. He returned to BC, Canada in August of 2011 and is currently Vice Principal of Coquitlam Open Learning and the Inquiry Hub, which opened in September 2012. You can find out more about Dave, including his educational philosophy, on his blog entitled "Pair-a-Dimes for Your Thoughts". Twitter: @datruss 

Challenging the Status Quo

"Challenging the Status Quo by David Truss"

I shared this post on my 'Pair-a-Dimes for Your Thoughts' blog back in November 2012. I went back to it this weekend and noticed that a considerable amount of the links shared are from fellow Connected Principals. Pick ONE, and…

Dear Lone Wolf

Vast by Jeff Delp @azjd on Instagram

Dear Lone Wolf, It seems odd to speak of lone wolves to you, a person that is so intricately… connected. And yet, as you read on, you will relate to the loneliness that I describe, that I too have shared.…

True Leaders

"True Leaders quote by Heidi Hass Gable"

This is a post, shared by Heidi Hass Gable, and re-shared here with her permission. True Leaders I gave a job reference a while ago for someone I admire greatly. As viagra discount I’ve reflected on that conversation, I find…

Truly Questioning Everything

On Monday, I read a great post by Ira Socol: Question Everything. I love the Boeing 787 story, and the Guardian newspaper video commercial is one of those self-explanatory examples that I just know I’ll use in the future. Ira…

A Conversation Starter

My goal: Create a three minute video that tells its own story, using other videos. My hope is that this will invite further exploration, conversation and learning. Here is what I came up with: (Watch on YouTube) For ease of…

Broken or Transforming?

"Zhuangzi ~ (Image is in the Public Domain, artist unknown)"

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I…

3 keys to a flipped classroom

"Flipped Classrooms?"

If you are planning to use the ‘flipped classroom’, then you might want to think about a few key ideas. Background: Here, on Connected Principals, Jonathan Martin has written a couple posts on the Flipped Classroom. In his first one,…

Open Educator Manifesto

"Open Educator Manifesto ~ by David Truss"

[Version I: Just the Manifesto] My Open Educator Manifesto ‘We’ educate future citizens of the world Teaching is my professional practice I Share by default I am Open, Transparent, Collaborative, and Social My students own their own: (Learning) • learning…

Less is more. Teach less, learn more.

“This creativity aspect is very important because in Finland we believe that risk-taking, creativity and innovation are very, very important for a society like ours. And particularly working in this global and globalized world it is more important than what…

No Office Day!

Yesterday was a great day! It was actually initiated Wednesday after school when I had a staff meeting and realized that I’d barely been in classes for more than a walk-thru in the last month. I can give a million…