Author: Brian Harrison

“The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief.”     William Shakespeare I snapped the photo above this morning as our students, staff and parents sorted through the proceeds…

Read More Thoughts from the Front Foyer

“We learn not in the school, but in life.”          ~Seneca~ The quote above speaks to me in a personal way. So much so that I think…

Read More Just When You Think…

“I discovered, to my surprise, that the adults in school~even colleagues who had more or less equal power~found it hard to trust each other. Something about teaching is so personal…

Read More On Trust

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”   ~Lao Tzu~ We hosted an un-conference last week with a collection of some of our district’s strongest teachers to explore…

Read More Rocky Ground

“Teaching more than virtually any activity (aside from parenting, perhaps) depends on quick instinctive habits and behaviour, and on deeply held ways of seeing and valuing.”        …

Read More Practice/People

    The lights go out and it’s just the three of us                                  …

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One of the nice consequences of the move to my current school has been the drive to work has been extended by a few more minutes. Before we get to…

Read More Driving to Harvard

Information is not knowledge, Knowledge is not wisdom, Wisdom is not truth Frank Zappa For most of the past few thousand years we have used a pyramid as the metaphor…

Read More Pyramids & Balloons

“…knowledge is becoming inextricable from — literally unthinkable without — the network that enables it.”   ~David Weinberger On a cold, snowy and windy Canadian evening, Royan Lee (@royanlee) and I…

Read More Teacher/Designer/Collaborator

“Perception becomes reality- one way or another: Great principals know that putting others in an upbeat frame of mind comes back to brighten their own day as well. Keeping your…

Read More Reality Distortion…What a Concept

” My dilemma is that I don’t know how should I grade/evaluate them? Actually, no, that’s not the issue. The real problem I’m having is that I just don’t know…

Read More Make a Mark, Not a Grade

“In a world of near-constant flux, play becomes a strategy for embracing change, rather than a way of growing out of it.”     Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown I believe…

Read More Wall to Wall

“Perhaps replacing the metaphor of the school administrator as manager, CEO, orchestra conductor, or architects with the metaphor of the school administrator as leader of a jazz combo would be…

Read More All that Jazz

“We do not remember days, we remember moments.”                                                                                                                                       ~Cesare Pavese~ We forget, in the rush of school days that hundred of lives are lived every day in our buildings. And,…

Read More A Single Tree

“If we want teacher evaluation systems that teachers find meaningful and from which they can learn, we must use processes that not only are rigorous, valid, and reliable, but also…

Read More Valuing Evaluation

“Teaching is not rocket science. It is, in fact, far more complex and demanding work than rocket science.” ~Richard Elmore~ I used this quote a few weeks back during one…

Read More Not Rocket Science…

    “We are often better served by connecting ideas than we are by protecting them.” ~ Steven Johnson It turns out that almost all really good ideas are the…

Read More Network~Net Work

One of the more humorous definitions of a meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours are lost. In education we have a lot of meetings and a…

Read More Making Meetings Meaningful

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~Victor Frankl~ I started teaching almost 20 years ago, in a world that no…

Read More 3 Things