Monthly Archives: June 2015

Day 181 (of 188) the big assembly a 1:150 ratio of fun

Day 181 (of 188) the big assembly a 1:150 ratio of fun yep. I took all the kids again. In the gym with no other adults around. This time with a key “secret assignment”.  But first an interruption – a … Continue reading

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Day 180 (of 188) trying to keep fire in a paper bag

Day 180 (of 188) trying to keep fire in a paper bag Shhhhh Can you keep a secret? Don’t tell anyone but…… Job & interview seasons are very interesting. Some candidates don’t want it known that they are seeking other … Continue reading

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Day 179 (of 188) the reference letter – anachronism or self reflection activity

Day 179 (of 188) the reference letter – anachronism or self reflection activity Recently I discussed the various views of Reference Letters in the educational career – some still like to see them, others haven’t read them in over a … Continue reading

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Day 178 (of 188) it’s not easy being nice; at least it’s noticed! Inspired in part by @valeriestrauss

Day 178 (of 188) it’s not easy being nice; at least it’s noticed! Inspired in part by @valeriestrauss Recently I retweeted and refacebooked an article on retiring principal George Wood by Valerie Strauss: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/05/22/what-has-changed-is-that-it-is-harder-for-us-to-be-nice-to-kids-departing-veteran-principal/ I had one of my staff … Continue reading

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Day 177 (of 188) the joy of failures aka the fun of @rubegoldberg machines

Day 177 (of 188) the joy of failures aka the fun of rube goldberg machines Today was ‘go time’. We have been exploring simple tools and ways that energy can be transferred (as much as I’d like to say “is” … Continue reading

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Day 176 (of 188) the distracted principal 

Day 176 (of 188) the distracted principal  Sometimes the hardest thing to do this time of year is give someone your full attention. But it’s also the most Important time to mindfully be present when someone asks for ‘a minute … Continue reading

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Day 175 (of 188) heat + pain doesn’t = fun; but not always bad!

Day 175 (of 188) heat + pain doesn’t = fun; but not always bad! Whew it’s been hot. And when I complain, it’s from experience – growing up in Lillooet shaped much of my education theory (in the mid 80s … Continue reading

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Building Your Education Digital Footprint

I had the chance to speak with education students at the University of British Columbia earlier this week about the power of networks.  I wrote earlier this year about my argument that being a networked teachers is one of the…

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Day 174 (of 188) shifting curriculum vs accountability tests

Day 174 (of 188) shifting curriculum vs accountability tests Had a chance to catch up with a friend who I started my career with in rural BC. As usual part of our conversation shifted to education – and specifically the … Continue reading

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Day 173 (of 188) Flight Fight Freeze & Data #blog4MH

Day 173 (of 188) Flight Fight Freeze & Data So….today we had a little dilemma – a student took ‘a step backwards’ and reverted to a mix of his previous toolkit: Flight (running away) with a willingness to Fight (usually … Continue reading

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