Connected Principals Posts

Sometime in December, 2010 I read a blog post by David Truss, principal of a school in Dalian, China titled, “No Office Day.” The title piqued my interest, but what…

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This week, I read on the TeachPaperless blog, Shelly Blake-Plock’s post entitled “Example of a Paperless Exam”. I’ve been reading TeachPaperless for more than a year, and it’s one of…

Read More The Hidden Contract of Urban Schools

“Anyone Who Has Never Made A Mistake Has Never Tried Anything New” Albert Einstein The movie “Groundhog Day” depicts the main character repeating the same day over and over until…

Read More Groundhog Day in Education

Patrick Larkin and I had the honour (he had the honor) of leading a conversation at Educon on Sunday and had some fantastic learning experiences ourselves with people from all…

Read More Connected Principals Reflections

To be effective we need to continue to work to be: •Professionals who care about students first, student growth second, and our subject matter with the time we have left.…

Read More What Makes Us Effective?

Kelsey and Wendell show grade 3/4 students how to set up a tipi. One of the initiatives of our school division and our school’s specific Learning Improvement Plan (LIP) is…

Read More Multicultural Education

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?

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“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