24 years teaching student leadership – can an old dog learn a new trick? Yes he can!!! Realistic Picture - I just got glasses! I always felt it was not worth it to fight with kids over cellphone use in class. I would constantly be reminding them and it would make me crazy. So other … Continue reading No Cell Phone Distractions in Leadership Class? A Silly Dream or My New Reality?
One week left until Christmas Break – 5 days of school – everyone is tired. My Leadership 10s are running a Brown Bag Fundraiser. We have a number of students at school who experience a food deficit at home. We offer them food at lunch each day. There is no money to support this so … Continue reading The 5 Days Of School Left Brown Bag Fundraising Miracle
I am on a Gondola full of people ready to descend. It is dark and we can see so many beautiful lights in the valley below. Unexpectedly, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond starts to play, and everyone sings along … You never know when a Leadership lesson presents itself. My family was visiting Palm Springs and decided to … Continue reading Sweet Caroline on a Gondola – an unexpected Leadership lesson
Ugh!!! Covid drags on. In Calgary and most of Alberta we are back to online school the last two weeks with at least two more to go. My guess is students may be out the rest of the school year. Alberta has the highest Covid positivity rate in North America. Feels like there is no … Continue reading May The 4th Be With You
"I enjoyed the virtual pep rally very much. Please pass on my congratulations to your kids (and you, of course) for a spectacular job! Felt like a regular school!" Centennial Staff Member Centennial has a tradition of running one big Pep Rally every December. No assemblies allowed due to Covid so that was a no … Continue reading Virtual Pep Rally Primer
In Covid times we are all looking for wins. I had three this last week.
"I was bored and made 125 3D snowflakes"
Kelly came up to me near the end of class and said she had an idea. “I think we should make our own Festive Yellow Lanyards.” Festive Yellow Lanyards? - Intrigued? - read on. The Canadian Student Leadership Association runs one day Horizons conferences across Canada each year. I have presented at many of them. Twice … Continue reading Festive Homemade Yellow Lanyards
Last Wednesday as my Grade 11 & 12 Leadership students came into class I discovered that 1/3 of them were absent. I open up the attendance program to find that most of them are now on a 14 day quarantine. In Alberta if a positive case is found to have been in the school all the students and staff that were … Continue reading Covid Fatigue – Tired of the Mask etc.
First - Why I love being a Leadership Advisor – 2 wins for me this past week Vanessa – In the middle of one of my morning classes Vanessa came for a visit. I was in the middle of a lesson but could tell she really wanted to talk to me. I waved her in. She … Continue reading A Worm For You – Magic Wiggle Worm Wednesday