Sharing my Reading Life

I have had the pleasure of learning directly from Regie Routman in her Leadership in Literacy conference twice in the past two years. If you ever have the opportunity to attend a conference/workshop with Regie, I would highly recommend it. While…

From Facilitator to Activator

cc licensed image shared by flickr user The Darling Librarian The definition of a motion leader is one who motivates the unmotivated in a way that the unmotivated then thank them for, Michael Fullan, ISTE Conference, 2012, Session Title: Stratosphere:…

Too Much Technology?

What is it that makes a public school valuable?  Is it the information it provides?  Is it the opportunities that are available there? Going forward in these times of inter-connectivity, where the physical school building and the learning experiences are…

Assisted Learning

Recently, Tom Whitby wrote a provocative article called Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education. I ask that you take the time and read and share this article. In fact, if you are short on time, stop reading my thoughts and click here.…

Create the Environment

The Networked Leader – #ASBA My presentation to the Alberta School Boards’ Association. I had the amazing opportunity to speak to the Alberta School Boards’ Association (ASBA) and share some of the work that we have been doing in Parkland…


I had the opportunity this past week to attend the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship conference in Cypress Fair . It was easily one of the BEST conferences I have attended.

The keynote was by someone I had never heard of before, a Mr. Keni Thomas. Mr. Thomas is a former United States Army Ranger. He was a member of Task Force Ranger as a part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, and served in the Battle of Mogadishu, (the Black Hawk down movie!) Thomas works as a motivational speaker drawing from his experience as a US Ranger. He speaks on leadership and commitment. I was really impressed but it was his PASSION for what he was speaking of that spoke to me enough to immediately buy his book.

One of his remarks that day on how a team is only as strong as its weakest link really drew me in. He talks in his book about how when we see someone struggling on our team, we tend to distance ourselves from them. “I’m better than they are, I don’t want to pull me down. Gotta show everyone else how good I am.”  He then goes on to talk about that how no matter what part of a team you are, you always have someone to your left and to your right. That you play  a part in what standards are reached for within that team…and that nobody signs up to be mediocre.

This was a hugely inspirational moment. Our school year ended on a low note. I was down mentally to the point where I was down physically. Not good! I needed to be sparked and this speaker hit on several key points. I am normally SO positive and I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t bouncing right back this time.

My realization as to why ht me when I reread this quote from Twitter, “The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.”  by Marva Collins.

I had backed off on blogging, both here and on my campus blog, on tweeting, and on sharing in general because of an interpreted mentality that by doing so, I may be ostracizing myself from my “peers”. That maybe I was showing off…

To be clear, I’m quite content in my current position. I’m in no rush to move up.

I’m not interested in showing ff or coming across as amazing or as all knowing. That’s not why I blog, tweet, or share via email.

What I am interested in is being a collective team member, one who won’t settle for mediocrity…who knows that you’re only as strong as your weakest link.

I believe that the smartest person in the room IS the room. Not me. Not you. But all of us together. Why wouldn’t we all want to be the best? Push, pull, or drag..we should do our part to keep our teams together.

I love this line from Keni’s book, “Because as good as I am, I cannot do it all. And guess what? Neither can you.”

I am SO thankful that my PLN allows me to share, collaborate and to be sparked by their passion DAILY.  It’s a good thing. If you’re looking for a spark this summer, grab Keni’s book. It won’t disappoint!