Movement is Medicine

Pandemic fatigue, anxiety, endless uncertainty, grief, exhaustion. We all feel it. We see it in each other. This is hard. So why move? Especially why should we move right now? Because exercise is one of the most important tools to fight stress-induced depression. Habitual, aerobic and preferably strenuous exercise has remarkable physiological benefits to protect […]

My RunStreak Heroes!

Who inspires you? Last year, my friend and super PLNer Heather Theijsmeijer started something big. I didn’t know about run streaks, but give me a cause, a community, and a plan and I am in. She challenged us to run at least a mile a day for 35 days – November 28, 2019 to January […]

Streaking 2020 Off the Calendar!

Have you had enough of 2020 yet? I often think of where we were last year at this time. I was getting excited to start #RWRunStreak. I had committed to a birthday marathon in Nova Scotia in May 2020 and a summer solstice marathon in Winnipeg (June 2020). #EducatorsONtheRun was such a fun way to […]

Resources for Making Waves – November 2020

On Monday, November 16, I am part of the “Making Waves” event where Manitoba educators share our remote learning strategies. We are teaching through a crisis. What do we need to keep going, and to keep getting better? Here are some of the online resources I use to access new content, stay connected to others, […]

Teaching Through A Crisis: Let’s Help Each Other

There has never been a more important time to have a strong professional learning network. It is through our connections with others that we find curated resources and ideas. Every day brings more change, more uncertainty, more fear. We are teaching through a crisis. In Manitoba, we are leveraging existing networks and structures to share […]

There Is So Much We Don’t Know

This September, we need to keep schools safe for children and staff. This is a particularly complex challenge, because we still know very little about the virus causing the pandemic. According to Siddhartha Mukherjee, this SARS-CoV-2 virus became a pandemic because of some very specific characteristics: It is completely new to humans, so we are […]

What are we Learning About COVID-19?

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. Schools closed in March. Some of us experienced partial re-openings in June. As we use July and August to plan the next version of school, it is critical that we continue to learn as much as we can about the corona virus, and how to stay safe. Our […]

Manitoba Calling

Access. If there is one thing this pandemic has done for education, it has shone a bright spotlight on the gaps in access that our young adults have to the education pathways that lead them to the future they envision. Access is a complex term. Some young adults go to high schools that are relatively […]

Learning By Heart, with Dr. Tony Wagner

Here are my summary notes from the Getting Smart Podcast, Episode 257. Dr. Tony Wagner is a well-known educator and author of many books, including co-author (with Ted Dintersmith) of “Most Likely To Succeed” – which became the wildly successful documentary on education. In this recent podcast, Tony talks about his new memoir, Learning By […]

Don’t Waste a Good Crisis

I’ll admit, my first response to closing school for 1.5 billion children worldwide was to think about the opportunity to finally shift our thinking about school to a vision for 2020 and beyond. I was excited to see so many thought leaders in education also trying to figure out how to do this. Then there […]