Connected Principals Posts

Have you ever had to crawl into a gymnasium filled with laughing students, teachers, and principals while you were dressed only in a diaper? Have you ever been tied to another Grade 8 and have to walk through the halls? Did you ever have to be a slave to a senior? Do you know what a swirly is? Ah yes, I remember Initiation Day, the most dreaded day in the my high school career.

While high schools have changed their approach for transitioning students into their buildings to make that experience more positive for incoming students, are we really preparing students for when they make the leap to post-secondary? Do we make them jump? Or do we give them wings?

Read More Wings

“Factual knowledge alone is thus no longer the great differentiator between those who succeed and those who do not. Instead the individuals who are emerging as the new “winners” –…

Read More Back to Basics

Memories flood back at the most interesting and unpredictable times. Last Sunday I was heading through security at the airport on the way to Washington D.C. for ASCD’s Leadership Institute…

Read More My Mentor, Colleague, and Friend

Benjamin Zander tells the story of two salesman going to Africa in the 1900’s. One of the salesman wrote back and talked of the bleak situation since no one had…

Read More What Do You See?

Educon has finally arrived, and I know many attendees are eagerly anticipating the learning experiences that await, whether making the trip to the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia to attend…

Read More #Educon Anticipation

I had the opportunity to meet with some colleagues today to discuss revisions to our Division’s reporting of student achievement. There has been a great deal of rich discussion and…

Read More Reporting for Real Life

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar Failure is the greatest teacher that I have ever had in my life. I’ve learned more through my mistakes…

Read More Failing Forward

There are certain times in our life when we come to a fork in the road and have to make a decision. Do we head down the traditional, beaten path that is clearly marked and know where we are going to end up? Do we hike down the less conventional trail which has twists and turns, but that will still take us where we think we would like to go? The people who are really changing my thinking today seem to do neither: these individuals are not the type who follow a pathway anyway, they blaze a trail which is often in a completely different direction than most people are going. And these people have one thing in common that propels them through these uncharted waters: each of them has GUTS.

Read More Guts: An alloy much stronger than gold

“The major aim of schooling is to enable students to become the architects of their own education so that they can invent themselves during the course of their lives.” —…

Read More Giving Students CHOICES

“If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.” – Marian…

Read More My Kids Can't Wait!

I participated in my first ever #edchat conversation on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.  The topic was how to make the teacher evaluation process more collaborative. This is something many educators have…

Read More It’s Just A Conversation

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn I read this quote recently and begin to think about the people I spend…

Read More Who's In Your Starting Five?