Connected Principals Posts

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of Dr. King’s quotes resonate with me.  I often use them in…

Read More What Are You Doing For Others?

When I was growing up I was a huge fan of the Cosby Show. I appreciated the antics of each character and the solid message that came out of each…

Read More Presentation is Everything

It’s January.  Around here that means short days with little sunshine.  Report cards are due in a couple of weeks.  Flu season is in full swing.  People are tired and…

Read More keep your eyes on the road ahead

As leaders, research tells us and we know that teachers play an integral role in how our students learn.  Teachers are key participants in the act of learning and it…

Read More Stances: Do you have them?

As an educator, have you ever been late for anything? Have you ever missed a deadline? Even better, have you been late with something for your boss, and then had them tell you “I needed it yesterday, not today, so you can’t turn it in?”.

Before we judge students in this way with antiquated assessment policies, we need to remember that kids, like us, are human. And the most effective consequence for not doing the work is TO DO THE WORK. If it’s important enough for you to have assigned it, it’s important enough for a student to do it. Don’t dock student paychecks.

Read More Docking Student Paychecks

picture: sodahead.com Certain events over the last few days have caused me to pause for a second and think about what really matters. The first event was the shooting in…

Read More What Really Matters

I recently had a date with the dentist, thanks, in no small part, to the daily office deliveries of student birthday cupcakes and cookies and cake. (We have yet to…

Read More Good teaching is everywhere.

In addition to my duties as vice principal, I teach the Writer’s Workshop to Grade 8 students at W. Erskine Johnston PS.  The sole guideline directing my approach is my belief…

Read More if we don’t water the rocks

Too often in education, we make decisions based on things like perception, feel, what people say, or who shouts the loudest. In a time when school budgets and resources are stretched to the limit, it’s vital for us to make sure that we have a base in research so that we may cut through the “educational BS” and find the high-yield strategies that really do make a difference to student achievement.

Read More Research: The Educational BS Repellent

I remember reading the Tipping Point a little while ago, when Gladwell discusses the “Law of the Few”.  If we are wanting schools to continuously improve, what is the role…

Read More Are we connectors?

During this time of year many people reflect on the past and look towards future goals.  I thought I would reflect a bit on the past and look towards the…

Read More Reflections