Tree Frogs Can’t Jump – But Australian Hairy Frogs Sure Can Roll!

It turns out that tree frogs can’t jump.  Many years ago when I was a new Leadership teacher at Yale Secondary in Abbotsford BC the class came up with a great idea for a lunch activity.  We would have a frog jumping contest in the gym.  So the promotions began.  We gave the frogs the names Rufus and Max.  We put … Continue reading Tree Frogs Can’t Jump – But Australian Hairy Frogs Sure Can Roll!

Looks Like the Raptors, Sounds Like the Raptors, Feels Like the Raptors – visualizing and creating great events and activities

I love the Toronto Raptors.  I live in Calgary and have been fortunate enough to attend some of their games.  With a good game that place can get rocking.  You walk in and people are wearing Raptors Jerseys.  They have an awesome video introduction before the game.  Banners, pictures, and displays make everything all about … Continue reading Looks Like the Raptors, Sounds Like the Raptors, Feels Like the Raptors – visualizing and creating great events and activities

Fight the in class cell phone glow

Freedom Writers Graphic Assignment You have chosen a movie or video to show your class.  You have picked something that you are pretty sure they haven't seen and hopefully will enjoy and learn something from.  You start the movie or video and then as you look across the class you see many students embraced by … Continue reading Fight the in class cell phone glow

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield – Lesson Plan

After hearing Chris Hadfield speak at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Edmonton (CSLC 2018) I was inspired to share his children's book The Darkest Dark with my Leadership class.  It went great - below is the lesson plan and assignment we used. I began by reading the book to the class elementary school style … Continue reading The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield – Lesson Plan

Scaredy Squirrel- Leadership Role Model!!!

Our Gr. 10 Leadership students always complete an assignment based on the fantastic book Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt.  Start by reading them the story elementary school style. (one time we tried showing the pages by powerpoint but reading straight from the book went way better) Be sure to give it a very dramatic reading. … Continue reading Scaredy Squirrel- Leadership Role Model!!!

Guest Speaker follow up assignment

Phil Boyte Reflection Assignment Looking for an assignment you can use to build on a keynote or guest speaker presentation.  Try this one attached above.  Phil Boyte spoke at our school. His presentation was excellent and I highly recommend him.  His website: http://learningforliving.com/ The day after his session we spent time debriefing what stood out … Continue reading Guest Speaker follow up assignment

Centennial’s Got Butter!!??

Fun lunchtime activity to try.  We advertised "Centennial's Got Butter" all over the school and on Instagram.  We did a take on America's Got Talent.  The Centennial's Got Butter logo looked the same as America's Got Talent.  One of our ads put the faces of our teacher judges over the actual AG Talent judges.  Using … Continue reading Centennial’s Got Butter!!??

Gen Z may see the world a little different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9956gDpUY Tim Elmore from Growing Leaders shared this video and 3 reasons why Generation Z is succeeding where previous generations may have struggled. 1.    They can see what we often cannot envision. 2.  They will attempt what we often believe is illogical. 3. They can collaborate when we often only feel conflict A great … Continue reading Gen Z may see the world a little different

Leadership Class of 2017

A huge shout out to our 3 year Student Leadership grads.  They have made a huge difference in their 3 years at Centennial.  At lunch today we had treats, watched the traditional powerpoint with three years of pictures, and handed out the "Oh The Places You'll Go" signed books.  Thanks to Ms. McGregor  (Mama McGreggs) … Continue reading Leadership Class of 2017

Awesome McHappy Meal Activity

We had a successful lunch time activity at Centennial this week.  For the week before we advertised in the school and on Social Media that there would be free McHappy Meals in the cafeteria next Wednesday.  To further promote, on the day before we had four leadership students eating McHappy Meals in the cafeteria.  The … Continue reading Awesome McHappy Meal Activity

Red and Green Holiday Challenge

Give the Red and Green challenge a try this holiday season.  If it is too late for this year maybe file it for next year.  This idea came from a Canadian Student Leadership Conference I attended but I have no idea which one. We invited all staff and students to participate.  You come to our … Continue reading Red and Green Holiday Challenge

Coyotes From Around The World

After watching Mark Scharenbroich's Building Connections video with my Gr. 10 class we decided it was time to find a way to recognize the many international students in our school.  Permanent flags were a bit too ambitious for us so the students decided to make maps of the different continents and show how many Coyotes … Continue reading Coyotes From Around The World

R U smarter than Trump??? – Coyote (Spirit) Week

Centennial High School hosted another successful Coyote (spirit) Week!  Each day we have a dress up theme and an activity at lunch. Whenever you dress up and or participate they get entries for prizes.  At the end of the week we pull names and they get to come to the Leadership room and pick a … Continue reading R U smarter than Trump??? – Coyote (Spirit) Week

Proud Hosts of Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016 – A New Hope

Centennial Leadership was the proud host of the Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016.  Our 100 students hosted 850 students and 150 teachers from all over Alberta.  We also had special guests from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, and Nunavut!  Keynote speakers included Scott Hammell, Ian Tyson, Andy Thibodeau, Tenille, and Stu Saunders.  Our students were amazing! … Continue reading Proud Hosts of Alberta Student Leadership Conference (ASLC) 2016 – A New Hope

Star City Saskatchewan Superstars

I had the privilege of visiting four Saskatchewan schools in four days during my Spring Break with the CSLA Horizons tour. Our first stop was in Tisdale, SK, home of Brent Butt. (I'm a big Corner Gas fan)  I had given my presentation and was just starting on lunch. The room was full, couldn't see … Continue reading Star City Saskatchewan Superstars

Make Memories – Bribe Students To Go To A Game

Last Friday we had a ton of Gr. 10 Leadership students come out to see our Jr. Girls basketball team beat Bishop Carroll 74-57.  This took some effort on their part because it was on a Friday night and not at our school.  What got them there?  I bribed them.  I offered them double points … Continue reading Make Memories – Bribe Students To Go To A Game

Feedership Conference

Centennial High School hosted our annual Feeder Leadership Conference. 150 students from Samuel Shaw School and MidSun Jr. High attended.  These are the two main schools whose students will eventually be Coyotes.  I am very proud of my class pictured above.  This was a student planned and run conference with minimal guidance from me. Why … Continue reading Feedership Conference

#warriorpride?, at Centennial, Home Of The Coyotes??

I had the privilege of working with Henry Wisewood's Student Council last Friday.  They are preparing to host the Canadian Student Leadership Association's Horizons Conference on Oct. 15 and wanted to get ready for an amazing day. Surprise (not really), while sharing Centennial ideas with them I got some great ideas in return. Wisewood had … Continue reading #warriorpride?, at Centennial, Home Of The Coyotes??

Project Planning Sheets For Student Leadership Ease Advisor Anxiety

Green Sheets The stress that a Student Leadership advisor feels can be pretty intense right before a big student project, activity, pep rally etc.  Quality project planning sheets can ease that stress.  Attached are the planning sheets we use at Centennial for all our projects.  We print them off on green paper and call them … Continue reading Project Planning Sheets For Student Leadership Ease Advisor Anxiety

Enjoy The Great Moments – In Leadership and Life

School start up is always crazy and hard to explain to someone who isn't a teacher.  In the rush of a million things to get done I asked my Sr. Leadership class (gr. 11s and 12s) to get the September birthdays up ASAP.  For almost 10 years now we display all the names (first name … Continue reading Enjoy The Great Moments – In Leadership and Life

Whiteboard Declarations of Optimism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42E2fAWM6rA Turns out my Student Leaders are very optimistic about the world and they love to draw on the white board.  Here is how it worked. First I showed the Lost Generation clip from YouTube.  It starts off seeming like a very negative video but changes half way through to be very positive.  The link … Continue reading Whiteboard Declarations of Optimism

Everyone Needs A Tribe! May The Fourth Be With You

My son and I attended the Calgary Comic Convention a couple of weeks ago.  This was my first Comic Con and I had a blast. I got to listen to Herschel from Walking Dead and Ensign Harry Kim from Voyageur.  It was nerdtastic.  I was very impressed with all the amazing costumes.  The Tuscan Warrior … Continue reading Everyone Needs A Tribe! May The Fourth Be With You

Study Buddytastic! Sr. Leadership students act as buddies for Elementary students

Centennial High School has partnered with Samuel Shaw Middle School, one of our feeder schools, to run a Study Buddy program.  Our Gr. 11 and 12 Leadership students meet once a week with Gr. 5 or 6 Students at S Shaw.  This is the fifth year the program has been running. Last month when we … Continue reading Study Buddytastic! Sr. Leadership students act as buddies for Elementary students

“I Exist!!!” The Stars (Pawprints) come out out at Centennail

Sometimes an old Leadership idea has new and unexpected results.  Our Gr. 10 Leadership class decided to take Mark Scharenbroich's idea of "The Stars Come Out" and make it into a St. Patrick's Day idea. We cut out 2000 green coyote paw prints and put every one of our staff and students names on their … Continue reading “I Exist!!!” The Stars (Pawprints) come out out at Centennail

Can A Short Note In A School Locker Make A Difference? Yes!!

A student came to me yesterday and asked if she could speak to me outside of class.  As we went out she started to cry.  Her grandfather had passed away the day before and that is why she was away from school.  She wanted to tell me that when she came back that morning she … Continue reading Can A Short Note In A School Locker Make A Difference? Yes!!

Give Up Something Good For Something Better

As a leadership advisor / PE Teacher / Coach / Dad / Husband I am faced with many demands on my time.  I am sure this sounds familiar to many of you.  I returned from the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Kelowna last week.  For conference highlights check out my Twitter feed or Facebook page. … Continue reading Give Up Something Good For Something Better

It Snows Sept. 9 ??? Make Snowmen!

On Sept. 9 Calgary woke up to about 3 inches of snow.  I may live in the Great White North but this was too much!  We had our Leadership kickoff retreat happening that day.  One of the activities that day was happening on the field.  So we adjusted.  If it snows, make snowmen!  Something that … Continue reading It Snows Sept. 9 ??? Make Snowmen!

Thank A Mentor – Retiring Gr. 1 Teacher Gets A Surprise Farewell

I love this video from Kid President recognizing an amazing teacher who impacted many lives during her years as a Gr. 1 teacher.  I am sure there are many teachers who never hear how much they are appreciated but have made the same impact.  One of my childhood mentors, Bob Gilson, passed away last month … Continue reading Thank A Mentor – Retiring Gr. 1 Teacher Gets A Surprise Farewell

Another Reason To Teach Leadership

I had an amazing, unexpected experience last week.  I was out mowing the front lawn when a truck drove by and I saw someone give me the quick sideways look.  The truck turned around and two large men got out.  It was Travis and Dan, members of my first Leadership class at Centennial, who graduated … Continue reading Another Reason To Teach Leadership