Do you remember those high school dances as a teenager? I do and loved everyone of them(well maybe accept one). At my first school as an admin, I had been hearing stories that many of the high schools were cancelling their dances due to many problems. It was a shame.
I asked my group of students at the time if they'd be interested. They were very excited and it took off from there. The same held true at every school since. I introduced an atmosphere of safe, free spirited fun while listening to their favourite songs. Although I enjoyed it as much as they did, especially DJ'ing (reliving my youth? Maybe), letting go and giving the dance back to the students has been the most enjoyable.
I hope the feeling that I try and create carries on when the students eventually move on, so the dances can be just as much fun as I had when I attended high school. Awe, the memories!
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