OTRK12 and Google Summit Learning

My friends Donna Fry and Mark Carbone, co-creators of the #ossemooc  have put out a call for us to share our learning during this month of April and, as always, it takes me a little while to get my posts onto the blog!  Luckily for me, I had two great experiences last week,  one at…

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Digital Footprints

After completing my Principal’s courses this December, I’m now putting together a package that will serve me when an opening might come up in my school district.   I’m connected to a lot of teachers and administrators online, so being very public about how I learn and teach has never been an issue for me –…

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Getting At Work/Life Balance

I remember hearing this famous story about a management professor talking about goals, vision, and the effective management of time. The professor told the story while starting to fill a jar with several large rocks, asking if it were full (to which the audience replied ‘yes’)  and then continuing to fill the jar first with pebbles, then sand,…

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School Improvement Plans – Not too pretty and that’s a good thing!

I’ve spent the last week or so thinking deeply about something in which all schools in Ontario take part; the drafting of the School Improvement Plan (SIP). This is the direction that a school sets for itself, based on what we know about the needs of our students, the directions of our School Board, and…

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Envisioning Effective Professional Learning

I’m currently taking a school leadership course and we have been encouraged to dream big about Professional Learning in our roles as School Level Leaders from the Ontario Leadership Framework.   Professional learning is a passion of mine, and one of the main reasons that I’m considering moving into a more formal role as an…

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Trusting Students: Zak’s Voice

This week I noticed something that came across my twitter stream that struck a chord with me after hearing Lisa Unger’s  presentation about secondary students, and listening to so many of my AQ students talk about the role that teachers can play in trusting students to have more control over their own learning.  This has…

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