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.
Last evening, I was pleased to host more than 400 parents and students to our Welcome Night for our incoming Grade 7s. It is one of my favorite nights of the year. And while I do spend some time giving information about our school and the opportunities that are available, information dissemination is one of
Several months ago, I had reached a saturation point with posts, articles and tweets that were centered around ‘what we need to do’. We need to create lifelong learners. We need to make school more meaningful. We need to change, well, basically everything. An excerpt from that post: “On a daily basis, I read countless
A couple of weeks ago, the administrators from our school district had a Professional Development session. We were assigned to groups of 5 or 6 seated at circular tables. We had wi-fi access for our tech devices (which ranged from people who had basic cell phones and notebooks to others who had smartphones, tablets and
It is stating the obvious when we say that technology has changed the way that we do business in our schools today. The amount of information that is available, the speed at which we can access content, the types of collaboration and connectivity that we can have with others, and the type of data that
Do you remember when you were a student in high school, and your teacher said to the class something like this? “For our upcoming midterm, you can use a cheat sheet.” I remember my heart rate would go up. My mind would race. I would begin scheming about how I would really make the teacher
Over the last several years, I am starting to realize that I have been somewhat hypocritical about something that is very important to me. I have prided myself on having an open door policy, and I have always valued when someone has come to my office to talk to me about anything, education or otherwise.
It is not uncommon for me to read comments on Twitter that characterize school administrators as a group who need to get more in touch with 21st century learning. Whether it is a comment about how senior administration is blocking specific online sites or resources, how school leaders need to provide leadership and role model
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of visiting with our Social Justice 11/12 class. Social Justice is a new course to our school, and it has become tremendously popular in a relatively short period of time. Within this class, metacognition is at the forefront: the goal is to have students examine local and global issues, and
1:1 technology in classrooms is a much talked about topic in our Personal Learning Network. In various schools and districts both large and small, students and teachers have their own iPads, laptops, or Smartphones, depending on the technological bent of that particular jurisdiction. I have read numerous blog posts and articles showcasing the successes and