Connected Principals Posts

“We learn not in the school, but in life.”          ~Seneca~ The quote above speaks to me in a personal way. So much so that I think…

Read More Just When You Think…

The Networked Leader – #ASBA My presentation to the Alberta School Boards’ Association. I had the amazing opportunity to speak to the Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA) and share some…

Read More Create the Environment

I had the opportunity this past week to attend the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship conference in Cypress Fair . It was easily one of the BEST conferences I have attended.…

Read More Commaderie vs Competition

cc licensed ( BY SD ) flickr photo shared by West Midlands Police Late for supervision one day about five years ago, I was slightly speeding to work (it was…

Read More Handing Out Tickets

“I discovered, to my surprise, that the adults in school~even colleagues who had more or less equal power~found it hard to trust each other. Something about teaching is so personal…

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As I complete my thirteenth year as an educator, I would like to share thirteen lessons learned throughout my time as a teacher and/or principal. 1.
 I’ve come to realize…

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Amongst your students and the staff you work with reflect on who is “Hunting” and who is a “Gathering.”  This awareness will give you a better understanding of how to…

Read More Hunting or Gathering?

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   ~Lao Tzu~ We hosted an un-conference last week with a collection of some of our district’s strongest teachers to explore…

Read More Rocky Ground

Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm and I were recently asked by educator and author Larry Ferlazzo to respond to the question: HOW CAN WE  KEEP STUDENTS ENGAGED WITHOUT CARROTS & STICKS?  My response originally…

Read More Engaging Without Carrots & Sticks

I had a great opportunity recently to attend the #140Cuse conference in Syracuse, New York, and learn from some amazing innovators from many different industries.  It was a great experience…

Read More 140 Characters of Kindness

I just recently finished reading Todd Whitaker’s newest book, “Shifting the Monkey: The art of protecting good people from liars, criers, and other slackers.” For the record, I am a big fan…

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Recently, I was invited to participate in a webinar titled, Using social media to enhance school-community relations. The webinar was spearheaded by Dr. Scott McLeod, professor at the University of…

Read More Social Media and Two-Way Communication

“Teaching more than virtually any activity (aside from parenting, perhaps) depends on quick instinctive habits and behaviour, and on deeply held ways of seeing and valuing.”        …

Read More Practice/People