Tag: Developing and Facilitating Leadership

I received this question and image from David Voves today regarding a passage from “The Innovator’s Mindset“: “Reading today and with personalized pd, I always question what I have in orange. Wondering if you could give me insight?” “Personalized Learning” for educators is something that is gaining more traction in education, and rightfully so.  If … [Read more…]

Read More Connecting Personalized Professional Learning to a Bigger Purpose

I have run a few marathons in my life in what seems like an eternity ago. They are as much a challenge to the mind as they are the body as any negative thought that you might have will creep into your head on a long run. After completing a marathon, someone said to me, … [Read more…]

Read More Are you focusing on the race or the training?

In Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski’s book, “Different Schools for a Different World,” they discuss four shifts that “deeper learning” schools place their focus. They are the following: 1.  Higher-level thinking: The shift from an overwhelming emphasis on lower-level-thinking tasks, such as factual recall and procedural regurgitation, to tasks of greater cognitive complexity, such as creativity, … [Read more…]

Read More The Connection Between “Lower” and “Higher” Level Thinking

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019

For the last two years, I have shared some of my favourite quotes from the past year that have inspired me or made me think deeper about a subject. I wanted to provide some for this year as well.  Have an amazing 2019! 2017  2018      Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2019

I learned a lot from my time as a basketball referee. It taught me to think quickly under pressure and how to de-escalate disagreement on the fly.  Humility and confidence were necessary, and I learned those traits are more interconnected than we give them credit. I remember before one game, we were talking about the … [Read more…]

Read More Say Less, Heard More

I heard this quote the other day (author unknown): What you don’t know is more than what you know. It was a reminder of the importance of growing and developing as learners, but also having humility on the journey.  Those two reminders for me were evident in Brad Gustafson’s new book from the IMPress team, “Reclaiming … [Read more…]

Read More Reclaiming Our Calling; The New Book from Brad Gustafson

I remember I was about to speak at a conference and before things started, the crowd of educators was loud as they were connecting and having conversations with each other.  Educators don’t get the chance to talk to each other on a personal or professional level as much as I am sure many would appreciate so … [Read more…]

Read More When Kids Lead

  I often ask these questions of participants to get them to think about how we are using our time differently. The first question is the following: How many of you in this room go onto your personal social media while you are working? Many people look around, maybe toward their administrators, and very few … [Read more…]

Read More Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

“Student Voice” is something that many schools are focusing on and for a good reason.  If we, as educators, understand that we serve our students and not the other way around, getting their thought and feedback for not only problems but solutions in moving our schools forward, is crucial. From my experience though, I have … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions for Reflection to Move Forward

Most educators are aware of the “Four C’s” (Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication) and their importance in schools for ensuring the development of today’s skills in our students (I appreciate Will Richardson’s contention that “curiosity” should be the fifth “C” and is more important than the others).  But there are other essential skills and … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Skills and Traits Great Schools Teach That Will Always be Essential

I used to get teased mercilessly by some saying that everyone in education can be a “leader.” If you think of leadership in the traditional context, it is more about positions of authority than it is about ability. For example, not all administrators are leaders, and not all leaders are administrators.  It is a skill … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ways to Develop Leaders in Your School or Classroom

Assumptions can cause a lot of issues in the work that is done by educators.  They can be used as a detriment or to your advantage. Think of these negative assumptions. Parents don’t want education to be any different than their experience. Teachers don’t want to change. Students don’t want to learn. Starting with these … [Read more…]

Read More Starting With Positive Assumptions

Whether it is in the classroom with a student, or a coach or an administrator working with the educators they serve, we can quickly start off focusing on what they can do to improve as opposed to what we can do to support. For example, if we are concerned about the performance of the quality … [Read more…]

Read More To Improve Performance, Start With Your Leadership