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!
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
Last Tuesday and Wednesday Centennial held a Car Smash to raise money to purchase a wig for one of our students fighting cancer. A great success for three reasons: 1. A Grade 10 student was the driving force behind the activity. It was her idea and contact that got us the car. She led the … Continue reading Car Smash Principals
I am continually amazed at the Tech abilities of my leadership students. This week I was either hacked or spammed on Twitter. I had no idea, but Ethan the Leadership All Star texted me and warned what happened. My reply was thanks, what do I do now. He texted me through it and all is … Continue reading My Tech Yodas
Centennial's Sr. Leadership Class put on an amazing pep rally Friday. So proud of my students. Here is the video they showed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00bjCO5WpsI We used CSLA's new facepaint product and it really added to the buzz and spirit of the Rally. I recommend it. You can buy it here: http://casaa.myshopify.com/collections/face-paint