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. […]

Considering How We Teach Science

Harassing phone calls, personal threats, intrusions on personal privacy – this is what scientist Michael Mann has endured. He was interviewed yesterday on The Current, by Anna Maria Tremonti.  His new book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”, chronicles his personal journey, attempting to deliver an unpopular message to the American public. He faces […]