Realizations from the side of the desk of a Principal. It's education. There is no more money. There is no more time: there are 24 hours in the day. It's also the greatest job in the world, so let's get on with it.
Over the last year, I have been using a model to help schools solve complex educational issues utilizing the existing capacities and resources that they already have at their disposal in their buildings. The premise behind the model is simple “We have no more time, and there is no more money coming, but we have
“We need more risk-takers!”“We need to build a culture that not only accepts failure, it rewards it.”“I just want people to take a few chances around here. You know, to try some new things.” In my position as District Principal of Innovation, I am constantly hearing these sorts of expressions from educators throughout the system
The more I think about new initiatives and changing education, the more I believe that Dan Weiden got it right.In August of 1988, when there would have been a high degree of likelihood that I was sporting acid wash jeans and a styled perm, the aforementioned Mr. Weiden coined a phrase in his work as
In British Columbia, we are still basking in the sun of summer holidays, but in a very short couple of weeks, administrators will be locked in and lining up the schedule for start-up, teachers will be preparing for their new classes, and students and their parents will be getting ready for a new school year.
New Year’s Resolutions are always interesting to me. Typically, I would make a whole host of lofty proclamations on December 31st to a few vaguely interested peers who themselves would be unlikely to repeat a single one my goals more than three minutes later. For a few days or perhaps even weeks after I might