Let Their Brilliance Shine

“Anyone who teaches children that they need to silently comply through painful experiences before they will be allowed to let their brilliance shine has no intention of ever allowing that brilliance to shine, and will not be able to see it when it does.” Emma Gargroetzi Dear New York Times, Do Better   A few […]

Digital Literacies: Using Digital Images

The gap between where we are, and where we want to go, is a useful framework to help illustrate the need for change. As I work to lead learning in this area, the “Mind the Gap” image is very useful.       How do I ensure that I am using a copy of the […]

Enrollment

In schools systems, “enrollment” is data.  The number of children in schools is the basis for funding and staffing allocations.  From an operations perspective, it’s a critical piece of information. But enrollment is also about showing up and choosing to engage in learning.  Is this how our students approach school? Fullan, Quinn and McEachen, 2018, […]

Rebel

Why do we have to follow the rules? Schools are full of rules. We need rules, but we also need to re-examine how school rules (often based on assumptions about what school is, what it is for, and what it should look like) work against learning. We need to be willing to challenge our deeply-held […]

Flourishing

What do you need to flourish? For me, 7 hours of quality sleep in fresh air, freshly ground coffee, and a morning run are a perfect start.  Fresh food, great books, interesting and caring friends, love and laughs with family, sloppy kisses from a chocolate lab puppy – these all contribute to the feeling of […]

Finding Purpose, Skill, and Connection

  In 2018, why would students take conventional schooling seriously? According to Fullan, Quinn and McEachen (Deep Learning, 2018, p. 3), there is no reason for the majority of students to do so. The current school structure is oppressive to many young people. How many educators have experienced a school day from the place of […]

Relevance Unfound

Scrolling through Twitter postings of how applied science is changing our world helps me to remember that outside of the structure that is school, our world is changing exponentially. For example, this new car will be on the market next year in Europe. If a top speed of 43 mph is not your style, you […]

Learning Leadership is Like Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut, it it’s day, was a major innovation that saved thousands of lives – the lives of sailors who ate sauerkraut and didn’t get scurvy.   In fact, without sauerkraut, James Cook may never have made it to my current home town of Corner Brook, NL. Sticking with that food theme, we know that most […]

“Homework” for Emerging Leaders!

Today I have the pleasure of working with our “emerging leaders” in NLESD from Western Region, Central Region and Labrador. I was able to share with them some of the important considerations for leadership in 2018 during our time together yesterday. Today, I want to share with them some next steps in connecting with other […]

For Reflection, Not Perfection

This week I’ve tuned into lots of online chatter about the purpose of blogging. How do we reflect?  How do we share? Where are the conversations? What technology makes reflection easier? In the back of my mind for some time, has been this piece by Dean Shareski: I Don’t Read Your Blog  It made me […]