Connected Principals Posts

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

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…

Read More No Office Day

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?

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