After reading and seeing others do the daily blog - Delta's 180 Days of Learning - Leadership with Purpose - as a couple of examples; I decided to do something similar.
Not sure how many days I plan on writing (reason I didn't give it a fancy title like 30 Days of Learning), but I will be doing my best to make it daily. My focus is strictly on my school and any way to better student learning and their experiences.
Of course other posts will surface on specific ideas I've read or witnessed that I will continue to comment on.
Hopefully something will resonate with you and make say Mmmmmm....
Yes the 'R' word is making a come back in my educational life as it once did in '96 (UBC Education). Reflection! I would like to think I'm reflecting on not what I'm learning, but more of what I'm seeing in my school and how it's affecting student learning and the way teachers are teaching.
So I'm embarking on a daily log (blog I guess) of things that come up at my school, things I've been reading, or the odd idea that strikes me as somewhat interesting.
Feel free to comment and thanks for reading.
What a way to end the week! Our annual Terry Fox Walk.
Although the actually day that many of the schools in the Lower Mainland get together and celebrate the life of Terry Fox and contribute to finding a cure for cancer has come and gone, we still carried on with the tradition.
It wasn't exactly as planned thanks to the weather, but we came up with an idea that was still fun and meaningful. Students and staff walked (some still ran) around our long hallways and gym while dance music played throughout the halls. It was awesome! Our first coming together as a school community. Can't wait for the next one.
Although this link to Daniel Pink's Ted talk on "The puzzle of motivation" is a few years old, it's still worth a look - this being the beginning of a new school year and all.
It came to me via the book I'm reading by Don Wettrick - Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level.
Now his talk is aimed at the business world, but it still can be applied to our education system. So I asked myself this question, How can I give my staff 20% time? Mmmmmm..... Stay tuned! (Wheels of creativity spinning in my head)
Wow! Like that first wave of jet lag after a long, long journey. You get off that plane, you're excited to be at your destination; maybe explore a little or hit the beach. But when you get back to your hotel room and sit or lay down - it hits. I'm exhausted!
That's what the first full day felt like after seeing so many perma-grins on students and staff faces when they finally met each other for the beginning of a new year. Some "ooh's and awes" rang out as some didn't get the class or group of friends they wanted, but with the push to work together in cross grades - friends aren't really that far away.
Now the real fun begins (and real work). I started my staff off with this quote from Don Wettrick ~ "In my classroom, I literally work for the students, and they bring value to the class. My job is to help them achieve their goals, rather than have the students work for me. I'm here to help facilitate learning, help manage projects, and make connections."
The first day of school is always an exciting time! This year in particular as all parties: admin, students and staff have been away from the noisy halls, classrooms and lunchrooms for a little longer than expected.
Now we are back! For many, this time of the year is typically a slow climb up the mountain, with lots of peaks and valleys along the way. This September, however, in BC schools, is like going on the thrill ride of your life. You can't wait to get on and are super excited; you know what to expect by what you see, but don't really know until you're on the ride itself. That feeling of climbing to the top, looking over the edge for a fraction of a second and away you go. Screaming!
Although you may end up fearing it and wondering when will it be over, you secretly want to go again because of the rush it provides.
Happy first day of school BC and let's hope the thrill ride is an everyday experience for your staff and students.
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning