Monthly Archives: October 2013

Day 41 (of 184) a child’s protest

Day 41 (of 184) a child’s protest Sometimes when children rebel against their parents it is dangerous. Usually it’s just frustrating. Today my oldest girl continued her rebellion against my teachings. She gloatingly told me that she was getting some … Continue reading

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Day 40 (of 184) connections

Day 40 (of 184) connections How important can connections be? In discussions around creativity we (as a district team looking at what a ‘creativity competenc’ could look like) talk about a powerful piece of creativity is making connections – and … Continue reading

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Day 39 (of 184) 1 2 3 4 assessment?

Day 39 (of 184) 1, 2, 3, 4 So…..when I picked up my oldest daughter to take her to volleyball, we had an interesting conversation. I asked how her day was, and she usually talks about the different things she … Continue reading

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Day 38 (of 184) from the Connecting Leaders Conference

Day 38 (of 184) innovation Hard to beat a double keynote by Simon Breakspear and George Couros at this years BCPVPA Connecting Leaders Conference. Both speakers were dynamic (kinda glad that my presentation is tomorrow and wasn’t in between those … Continue reading

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Day 37 (of 184) running in the halls?

Day 37 (of 184) running in the halls? Thump thump thump was the pounding of feet down the hallway at the end of the day. Unbelievable. A day with multiple teachers absent and the kids were running down the halls. … Continue reading

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Day 34 (of 184) building capacity

Day 34 (of 184) building capacity Leadership capacity was the focus of my masters project once upon a time. It is because of the leadership that was entrusted/forced/encouraged/etc upon me as a classroom teacher that enabled me to become a … Continue reading

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Day 36 (of 184) the importance of frustration (yes there is a connection to math)

Day 36 (of 184) the importance of frustration Zones of frustration are usually good to avoid. Students reading in a level of frustration over time does not lead to improvement. Likewise with most (all) subjects and environments. Unless the frustration … Continue reading

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Day 35 (of 184) what does a score if 26/23 mean?

Day 35 (of 184) 26/23 It shouldn’t bug me but it does. My eldest daughter (grade 8) loves bugging me about some of the marks she brings home. She has often brought home scores which show that she has done … Continue reading

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Day 33 (of 184) communicating within a learning community

Day 33 (of 184) communication While I was creating my weekly video podcast for our school website (www.sor.sd83.bc.ca) I was reflecting on the evolution of school communications. Newsletters (aka Pandora’s box) Some like the 20 page novelettes full of info … Continue reading

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Day 32 (of 184) drills

Day 32 (of 184) drills An earthquake drill? Seriously? I have been asked this question by every stakeholder group I’ve worked with for the past decade or so. Everyone is good with fire drills. Especially in nice weather when it … Continue reading

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