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… Continue reading What do you believe? And does it matter?

“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… Continue reading “Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers”…why?

‘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,… Continue reading ‘Seeking to understand’ in action

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… Continue reading doing the right things or doing things right

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… Continue reading The quality of teaching is not strained

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… Continue reading Leadership for any kind of change.