Connected Principals Posts

So here we are, with less than a month to go before we head off for the summer holiday. I often marvel at how fast a school year goes by,…

Read More Finishing Strong…

Have you ever been pulled over? This may surprise you, cough cough, but my driving style is a lot like the way I talk…and write. Fast and furious, always trying…

Read More Expecting vs extending grace…

Yesterday I was privileged to hear one our senior boys do a presentation at a neighboring school. Jesse Haynes is a recently published author of young adult fiction.

Jesse Haynes, student and author
Jesse Haynes, student and author. Used with permission.

He was talking to groups of middle school students about his experience setting goals and publishing a book.

He also told them that his greatest inspiration for writing came from his 4th grade teacher. “I don’t know if you ever think about it,” he said, “But teachers give up a large part of their lives to prepare us for the rest of our lives.”

Wow, I thought. What a fitting tribute to the inspiring influence teachers have on students!

This week is Teacher Appreciation for many schools across North America. At our school, we’ve been thanking our teachers with yummy meals and treats. But no gift seems to be good enough for the kind of sacrifice teachers give every day in and out of the classroom. Read More Thank You For Being A Giver!

So I had two experiences this past week that made me really think about how much power there is in the language that we use with others. These experiences have…

Read More Language has Power…

Recently I was listening to a January 29, 2015 episode of Invisibilia, a podcast about the invisible forces that affect us without us being aware.

image from livescience.com
image from livescience.com

Specifically, the reporters narrating this episode were talking about a phenomenon known as “entanglement.”

They began by describing a physics experiment where scientists have been able to isolate atoms in separate locations, change the molecular structure, and cause the two separate atoms to become one atom in separate locations.

That’s right. In one experiment, an atom contained in a box four feet away from itself in another box was demonstrating simultaneous responses in both boxes. These atoms are not mirror images of one another; they are one another. Separate but one: a phenomenon known as entanglement. Charles Q. Choi from Live Science explains that scientists theorize entangled atoms may stay connected even if a universe a part!

Scientists are able to explain how to make this happen, but they are still unable to explain why this is possible.

So, why am I fascinated with this idea of entanglement? Read More The Power of “Entanglement”: Implications For School Leaders

Last week I was at a meeting where our discussion focused on social capital.  When I googled social capital, I was given this definition, Social capital refers to the collective value…

Read More Building Student Social Capital

Technology may not replace teachers, but teachers who integrate technology as a catalyst for learning will probably replace teachers who do not. Think about that for a moment. During a…

Read More Technology: A Catalyst for Learning

So I had a great conversation last week with our new incoming High School Principal about the best parts about working here at Academia Cotopaxi….he wanted to know what made…

Read More The Heart and Soul of a School…