Author: Shannon Smith

      This is a revised version of a post originally to my own blog. When I’m doing math homework, I just really go fast and crazy, and in…

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Caveat:  Although not a member of the Millenial Generation, I should disclose that I scored an 87 on the Pew Research quiz, “How Millennial Are you?”  Go ahead and try…

Read More The Millennials are Googling Us

When you issue an open invitation and gather together a large group of self-nominated passionate stakeholders from a broad cross-section across a system or organization and ask them to vision…

Read More Appreciative Inquiry & Open Spaces

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

It’s January.  Around here that means short days with little sunshine.  Report cards are due in a couple of weeks.  Flu season is in full swing.  People are tired and…

Read More keep your eyes on the road ahead

In addition to my duties as vice principal, I teach the Writer’s Workshop to Grade 8 students at W. Erskine Johnston PS.  The sole guideline directing my approach is my belief…

Read More if we don’t water the rocks

There is no use trying, said Alice; one can’t believe impossible things. I dare say you haven’t had much practice, said the Queen. When I was your age, I always…

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