Connected Principals Posts

The image above is something I see quite often in our school.  Kids working in groups in the hallways, older students with younger ones.  As a school principal this tells…

Read More Maintaining Connections

Have you really ever tried to listen? Not just attend to. Not just look at, nod the head and verbalize an affirmative to someone. To really listen you have to…

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Ever been to a meeting when your Blackberry is more interesting than the presenter? How about to a meeting that was so exciting that “it had you from hello”? What made the difference between the two? What made you engage as a learner?

By maximizing interactions between participants, we can engage learners and make meetings and classes so much more than an opportunity to catch up on emails or play video poker on our iPhones.

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In Why Talent Is Overrated, writer Geoff Colvin declares that the “conventional wisdom about ‘natural’ talent is a myth.”  If natural talent is a myth……What separates good leaders from truly great…

Read More The Art of Deliberate Practice

picture: grifith.edu.au “While organizations can pronounce a change in policy or procedure, they cannot proclaim a change in attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors…The concept of changing culture may seem simple enough,…

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Ever since I have been using Twitter, I have seen that conferences have gone past the opportunity to learn new information, but to really extend and share with others. Most…

Read More Would the dogs eat it?

When I was in high school and home for vacations during college, I used to sleep until noon, minimally. When I woke up, my father would tell me over and…

Read More Don’t Miss the Day

A safe environment is necessary for students to succeed academically.  A space of both physical and emotional safety is key.  Safety is different for boys than for girls. Girls have…

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In late December I was contacted by Dwight Carter, the Principal of Gahanna Lincoln High School in Ohio. He wanted to pick my brain about technology integration strategies that I…

Read More Empowering Students

I always considered myself to be a struggling math student. I was either scared of my math teachers, or scared of the content, or I thought I understood what to…

Read More I’m No Good at Technology…

Tonight I feel like a proud parent. While I don’t have children (my dogs rarely go out of their way to make me proud), I can only imagine that this…

Read More They didn’t need me.

A few years ago I sat in my office with a Grade 3 student who was having difficulty calming down after a particularly explosive episode led him to be removed…

Read More I will give you my trust

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?