So Much Learning

As anxious as I am to get on my flight back to the northern shore of Lake Superior, I am happy to have a few minutes in the airport (and some free plug-ins to power up my well-used MacBook) to try to document the amazing learning I have experienced over the last few days. On […]

Working on the “Spread”

This year, our school board was involved in what we affectionately call GSIP – the Growing Success Implementation Project – with the Ontario Ministry of Education. The project, in its first stage this year, involved the implementation of the assessment cycle (learning goals – success criteria – descriptive feedback – peer and self-assessment) with selected […]

Take Care

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ”  ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture For many years, I was an online secondary school teacher. At one point, I was teaching 130 students 8 different courses – and I was writing some of […]

Hope

“Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” I can see it as clearly as if it were yesterday – the poster on the bulletin board of my Grade 13 Physics class. It was a joke, of course.  My physics teacher had – still has –  a great sense of humour. But it makes me ask […]

When the Principal is a Bully

*Please note that due to the personal nature of many of the responses to this post, I am no longer approving further comments.  This post has had a large number of visceral responses, which tells me this is not an isolated problem.  I hope that everyone reading this will recognize the signs and work to […]

Recovering from EQAO

For the first time in many years, I arrived home from school yesterday feeling the physical side effects of intense stress.  I had pain all through the right side of my body and I could feel the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders.  It took most of last evening to try to relax, to […]

Question Everything

In my last posting, I stated a few of the findings in the Hole in the Wall experiments.  The last was that schools need to include a rational system to know what to believe in. Tonight I read a post by Ira Socol called “Question Everything” that really helps me with my thinking on this […]

SIM 2012

I have been fortunate to spend two days at SIM 2012 in Thunder Bay.  It is the third SIM session I have attended this year, and it is always a time of intense learning. The question is always, “What will I take away and integrate into my practice?”. While I continue to ponder that, here […]

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

I am a scatterbrain today.  I am excited about all the the reading I am doing but I can’t pull it all together at this point. I am exploring three things right now. 1) We don’t know what we don’t know, so how do we direct our own learning? This thinking is a product of […]

We Know It’s Broken, But How Do We Fix It?

It’s March Break.  It’s beautiful outside, but I am inside researching.  And I am frustrated. There is plenty out there telling me that we need school reform.  Granted, most of it is actually aimed at the US, but as a current secondary principal, I know Ontario secondary schools have to be a target as well. […]