Hope for the future. My dilemma.
My driving force has always been hope for the future. That everything I do is buttressed by this incredible hope for the future. Indeed, that everything we do in education is held up by the same. There is a lot of talk about hope lately. There has to be because some pretty hope-less events are […]
What do you believe? And does it matter?
If you don’t know who Mary Hynes is and have never listened to (and nodded with, yelled at, cried to, and questioned) Tapestry, CBC’s weekly radio show and podcast on spirituality, myth, faith, our connections then hop to it. It is inspiring and regularly leads me to question my own beliefs. A recent article by […]
A quick letter to Harper. #IdleNoMore
I just wrote a quick letter to our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper. He is, after all, the Prime Minister of Canada. So why are Canadians not holding him to task for his actions? “I have been reading about Chief Spence and the Idle No More movement with growing sadness. How can you not meet with […]
“Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers”…why?
When I first heard the news – that Line Beauchamp, Quebec’s Education Minister, is presenting a proposal during this weekend’s Liberal party caucus to cut school board funding in half – I literally high-fived my rear-view mirror. Maybe not the best thing to do while driving through the slippery roadways skirting the construction of highway […]
mid-night invictus, a story of inspiring leadership
I woke up at 2 am, couldn’t fall back asleep, so began to watch Invictus, the story of Nelson Mandela’s call to Rugby to begin healing South Africa in 1995. Watch the film for the final game. I think it’s one of the best EVER. Even though I knew the outcome, I was on the […]
Who tells you how to teach?
This post was inspired by this passage from Teachers Should be Seen and not Heard by Anthony Mullen in EdWeek, Jan. 7, 2010. “What do you think?” the senator asked…. …”I’m thinking about the current health care debate, “I said. “And I am wondering if I will be asked to sit on a national committee […]
‘Seeking to understand’ in action
A norm that I aspire to, however difficult it can be at times is this one: Seek to understand before being understood. I just read a story about an administrator who practices this norm. From Karen S. about a Kindergarten student in trouble in Talking Him Off the Ledge at Talkworthy: “In a few minutes, […]
doing the right things or doing things right
Came across this quote on my iGoogle page today: Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker I’m reading this in terms of classroom leadership. And in light of the recent conversations about teaching and teachers that have been erupting across the blogosphere. (Read my last few posts to […]
The quality of teaching is not strained
The more I think about recent conversations around teaching – about why some people leave, and others don’t, about why some choose it over more lucrative or socially respected professions (in some circles) – the more this phrase spins in my head: The quality of teaching is not strained Of course, that was stolen from […]
Leadership for any kind of change.
Please, Administrators of Canada (and probably the US and Australia, and South Korea, and New Zealand, and Morocco, and…), please stop jumping headfirst into change initiatives and expect your teachers to jump on with you as if they had been there from the start. Do you know that some of the least effective PD (wish […]