Connected Principals Posts

It’s cliche, but so true. Little things mean a lot, in daily life and in our profession of education. Sometimes we have to set aside time to reflect on the…

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Tomorrow morning I will be introducing George Couros at the Southern Alberta Teachers’ Convention. For me, this has meant spending time reflecting on who George is, how he has influenced…

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“Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.” —Seth Godin Things I have been thinking about… Years ago, I saw this video by…

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We often hear about having “too much on our plate”. but I once heard an educator say that teachers don’t have “plates”, but they have “platters”. Think about it…how often…

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        So I finished reading this really interesting book last week titled, Thanks for the Feedback , by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, and it opened up my eyes…

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One of the strengths I appreciate in my team members is their ability to voice concerns or raise red flags when something important is affecting our students. I am so thankful for helpful feedback.
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Of course, there is a big difference between honest conversation and complaining. Will Bowen explains that the habit of complaining is like bad breathe: you may not be aware of your own, but others are.

Honest feedback provides you with information for making better decisions. Complaining simply discourages the attitudes or motivations others may have to take risks or achieve new goals. All of us are guilty of forgetting the difference between the two. Read More A Complaint Free World: 5 Ways to Respond

At the beginning of this school semester, I was promoted to principal at Clayton Heights secondary, a midsize school in the middle class neighbourhood of Cloverdale, Surrey. I must admit…

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At the beginning of this school semester, I was promoted to principal at Clayton Heights secondary, a midsize school in the middle class neighbourhood of Cloverdale, Surrey. I must admit…

Read More Shifting Again

So about a month ago during our two week holiday break, I found myself floating down a river on a tube with nothing around me but the sights and sounds…

Read More Be Quiet…