Tag: Fostering Effective Relationships

I recently read this great post from David Truss, who I have followed and connected with for several years. This portion resonated: I used to ask my kids, “what was your favourite part of the day”, then I added “Who did you help today?” And as I mentioned in the post reflection: It was only a matter … [Read more…]

Read More A Great Question to Ask Students Every Day

I saw the following tweet from Chasity Beatty and wanted to share a few thoughts:   The simple answer is this; yes, there is failure. But in all failure, there can be feedback if we choose to look for it. Sometimes failure can teach us that we need to tweak things and get better. For example, … [Read more…]

Read More The Feedback of Failure

I saw the following tweet from Chasity Beatty and wanted to share a few thoughts:   The simple answer is this; yes, there is failure. But in all failure, there can be feedback if we choose to look for it. Sometimes failure can teach us that we need to tweak things and get better. For example, … [Read more…]

Read More The Feedback of Failure

I recently shared this video based on an interaction that I had with a teacher who was sharing about how they felt uncomfortable trying new things.  I wanted to share my thoughts in video form below: Some random thoughts I shared last week on the importance of celebrating those in our buildings and local communities. … [Read more…]

Read More The Fear of Success

One book that I come back to over and over again is “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Written in 1936, there is still so much from this book that resonates today. For example, this quote always grounds me on if we are trying to help others move forward; we must … [Read more…]

Read More Listening to Lead Forward

I recently read a post titled, “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Need to Tell,” and they listed these ten stories that leaders need to be able to tell: Story 1: Where We Came From (A Founding Story) Story 2: Why We Can’t Stay Here (A Case-for-Change Story) Story 3: Where We’re Going (A Vision Story) … [Read more…]

Read More Creating a Shared Story

I received a question/comment recently about the concern that as classrooms and schools consider why change is essential and what change is necessary, that educators are concerned that their expertise will no longer be valued. For me, the teacher in the classroom is and will always be the expert. The shift is not about devaluing the knowledge … [Read more…]

Read More The Wisdom in Our Classrooms

I read this great post from Deidre Roemer recently, where she discusses a letter she received from a former student. With deep reflection, although the message was very complimentary of the student’s time with Deidre, I appreciate Deidre’s self-reflection on what she read: When I read the letter the first time, I felt really good … [Read more…]

Read More Empowered in the Process

I encourage you to watch this video from Edutopia on the importance of relationships for learning: “Emotion and learning are completely connected.” Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn. #HowLearningHappens pic.twitter.com/ELTtCWPJhz — edutopia (@edutopia) September 7, 2019 It would be an excellent video for … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of the Reciprocated Relationship in Education

This is from Sanée Bell’s fantastic book, “Be Excellent on Purpose; Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership“: Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet the needs of all … [Read more…]

Read More Bringing Out the Gifts and Talents of Every Child

All over Canada, and at many schools in North America, today is the first day of school. Doing the work that I do today, I did not realize that until I opened up Facebook this morning and was hit by a barrage of “the first day of grade _____” pictures all over my feed.  The … [Read more…]

Read More Maintaining “First-Day” Excitement

I found this old tweet Today is the 5 year anniversary of my dad passing away. This morning, I received three messages from people I don’t know, thanking me for things that I have done. They had no idea today was a tough day, and they brightened my morning. Always err on the side of … [Read more…]

Read More By Lifting Others

I wrote this in 2014: Belief. I have always believed the importance of relationships and how they are foundation of a great school, classroom, or organization, but having “belief” in every student you interact with, no matter how hard it is and where they have come from, can make all of the difference. If we … [Read more…]

Read More The Importance of “Belief”

I was listening to a student who had struggled in school share an important story.  She shared that every single day she was in school, a teacher, who had never taught her at any point in her academic career, would say “hi” to her and address her by her name.  What seems like a simple … [Read more…]

Read More Big Impact from the Smallest Interactions

This quote from Barry Schwartz always makes me think: Rules and incentives may improve the behavior of those who don’t care, though they won’t make them wiser. But in focusing on the people who don’t care—the targets of our rules and incentives—we miss those who do care. We miss those who want to do the … [Read more…]

Read More Developing Wisdom in the Service of Learners