April 30, 2020 1 month into Covid Emergency Online Education 7 AM – in my basement – ready to start my morning workout before heading to the computer Hating life and missing what we are no longer doing at school – Rockathon – Alberta Student Leadership Conference – Leadership Grad – being with my classes I push … Continue reading Relentless – Stronger Than Resilient
My Leadership 10 class is finishing off our weekly Google Meet class. At this point we have been out of school for two months. At the end I give them what I call the five minute free for all. Everyone can unmute their microphones and say whatever they want. It can get a little chaotic but a … Continue reading Pillow Balancing on Google Meet – School Culture Matters
Had the chance to connect with some of my favorite people, the Calgary Leadership Rockstar Crew. Michelle, Jackie, Kate, Laura, Cody, Rebecca, and I shared what we are doing at our Calgary High Schools to build school culture in our communities. It was great to see their faces and share how we were doing before … Continue reading Calgary Leadership Teachers / Rockstars Social Distance Brainstorming
connecting and showing care while apart I had the opportunity to participate in a Zoom conversation with Phil Boyte and four Leadership Advisors from California. I believe that social distancing might be a little easier looking out your window at palm trees rather than a snow filled back yard. You decide. We all work with … Continue reading #socialdistancetogetherness
Last week I was shopping at Superstore. I of course had the typical leadership advisor shopping list, ring pops and Dad’s chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. You know the ones that come two per packet in a big box. They make for great prizes and appreciation gifts with my Leadership crew. I of course threw in … Continue reading Superstore Surprise – an unexpected boost – Ring Pops and a Link Crew moment
I was avoiding my dreaded bus cleaning assignment during exam break. I couldn’t procrastinate anymore and headed to the custodian’s office for cleaning supplies. Then I saw something really cool. Over a year ago we put Coyote paw prints up around the school. Each paw print had the name of one of our staff or students. … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Idea & The Harbor – an outstanding video series for youth
Sept. 2019 -Arkan walked into his first day of classes in the Leadership room, put his arms in the air, and said "I'm home!" Jan. 2020 - Arkan comes into class, sees the "Oh the Places You'll Go!" books ready to be signed and says "Oh no, it means the end of Leadership is close." … Continue reading Find Your Tribe – helping students feel connected
Devastating cuts had been announced by the Alberta Government the end of October. Temporary contract teachers may lose their jobs soon. Teaching schedules may change. Yet again we are asked to do more with less. The mood feels heavier and more somber among staff than it has in years. The next day is session #2 … Continue reading The Breakfast Club Battles Doomsday (Budget Cuts)
Last year our guidance counselor came up to me in the hallway with a problem. Every day a number of students pick up brown bag lunches because they don’t have enough to eat at home. I found out that number had gone up significantly in our school and we could not meet the demand. “Could … Continue reading Christmas Charities – Supercharge them – Delay the Day! … and then play some Bingo
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!
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
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
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
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!!!
Centennial Leadership is launching our latest Be Kind day. We pick a day and encourage students to wear their Be Kind shirts. We bring in a different shirt design each time and bring in limited numbers so that they sell out and leaves our school wanting more. This time we are going with the Mountain … Continue reading Kindness – Dew It!!!
Recently at Centennial we held a Be Kind day. Students are asked to wear a Be Kind shirt that we sell at the school store for a reduced price of $8. The original shirts said "Be Kind" on the front and "...Just Because" on the back. We got the original idea for the shirts and … Continue reading Be Kind – Share A Flower
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
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!!??
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
#storybehindthepicture This has been a successful Instagram feature at Centennial High School which you may want to try. Take a video of a student in black and white. This makes it stand out as different. In less than a minute have them tell the story behind a picture on their phone. Also post the picture … Continue reading #storybehindthepicture
Looking for a great Leadership book? - Legacy talks about the Leadership attributes that make the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team best in the world. A great read whether or not you are a sports fan. There is a summary of the big ideas below. Enjoy!
On Saturday we were driving through Montana on our way home from a great Spring Break vacation. In one town we stopped for a quick lunch at McDonald's. The restaurant was pretty busy. One cashier I noticed was complaining a fair bit under her breath but loud enough to hear. It was a real contrast … Continue reading Attitude Matters
We ran a fun and simple activity this week that may work for you. We advertised all around the school about the upcoming Easter Egg Smash. We also filmed a video of a kid getting an egg smashed on his head and put it on Instagram. On the day of we had six volunteers with … Continue reading Easter Egg Smash
Here is a quick lesson on grattitude that worked well with my students the other day. Have each student on their own write down as many things as they can that they are grateful for. Give them 2 minutes and tell them it can be big or small things, just stuff they are grateful for. … Continue reading Grattitude Class Discussion
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
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
Leadership ran a fun activity as a de-stresser before exams this week. We brought in a children's petting zoo at lunch time. There were sheep, goats, and bunnies. I wasn't sure how it would go. We had a ton of kids come. Lots of smiles, pictures, and chatter on Instagram and Snapchat. One boy said … Continue reading Exam De-Stresser
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
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
With a new administration we have had the opportunity to reevaluate some of the Leadership traditions we have at Centennail. For years we have put up student birthdays at our main entrance to the school. We would put up the month and then list all the student names with their first name and first initial … Continue reading Birthdays Matter!!
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
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
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
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
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
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??
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
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
I LOVE FIREWORKS! For a number of years I was a gate supervisor at the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede has an incredible fireworks display that goes off every night at the end of the Grandstand Show. I would always do my best to be in position to enjoy the show. It was the same every … Continue reading Stop And Smell The … Fireworks???
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
Secret Service Project As the school year ends it gets tough to come up with meaningful activities for our Leadership classes. Running activities for the school are not very successful. The Canadian Student Leadership Association shared a great idea on their Leader's Edge Facebook Page. It is called the Secret Service project featured on the … Continue reading Secret Service Leadership !?
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
This is my friend Braeden. He is a Leadership superstar at Centennial. He is also one of the most positive people I know. He was wearing this shirt the other day and I had to take a picture. I love the idea of a Thumbs Up Thursday. Say yes to all the good things in … Continue reading Thumbs Up Thursdays
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
At our retreat this year we asked our students the question - "Are you a Leadership Kid or a kid taking Leadership?" A Leadership Kid shows up for the lunch time activity. A kid taking leadership class asks if they have to be there because that is their free time. A Leadership Kid shows up … Continue reading Leadership Kid or a kid taking Leadership class?
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
Centennial H.S. Calgary has three Student Leadership classes each semester. These are a combination of our Gr. 10 or Sr. classes (gr. 11s and 12s). At the beginning of each semester we go away for a day with those classes to get to know each other better, receive leadership training, and set the direction for … Continue reading Retreat To Move Forward?!
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!!
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
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!