Festive Homemade Yellow Lanyards

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

Relentless – Stronger Than Resilient

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

#socialdistancetogetherness

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

Valentine’s Day Idea & The Harbor – an outstanding video series for youth

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

The Breakfast Club Battles Doomsday (Budget Cuts)

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)

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