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.
“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
Think about the last time you did some unit planning. What was that experience like? If it was anything like mine, it was often on a Sunday afternoon in front of a television, with a computer on my lap, a textbook on the coffee table, after a weekend of swimming lessons for the kids, yard
Over the past several months, I have found myself using business terms to describe different facets of our current education system. Terms like UX and UI to describe the user-experience that our students and parents have with us and the user-interface that they interact with when searching us online. Or ROI, our return on investment
No grit? Ouch. That hurts, doesn’t it? Maybe the person who said that to you tries to couch it a bit, and says, something like “Well, maybe not you, but educators…they have no grit. And they certainly have no sense of reality.” Ouch again. You are an educator, and you feel like you have grit,
Opportunities for brain candy Being an educator is an exciting and fulfilling profession: each day brings different challenges as well as opportunities to make a significant difference in the lives of learners. But like any profession, there seems to be a nearly endless amount of minutia that is part of what we do each day.
Today was the first day of school for students and teachers across British Columbia, and no matter if it is your ‘first’ first day of school as a student, parent or educator or your twentieth, it is always exciting an exciting day. The halls are noisy as students who haven’t seen each other for 8
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.
When I first created my blog page, I included the header message:“It’s education. There is no more money. There is no more time: there are only 24 hours in the day. It’s also the greatest job in the world, so let’s get on with it.”.After five years of blogging and reflection, I believe in this
I haven’t been a classroom teacher for a number of years, but there is one thing that is burned into my memory from my years of teaching Biology and Science–I hated marking. I remember late nights in my living room with mounds of paper on one side of me and cups of coffee and red markers