Sam I Am, Sam I Am … I will try that this week Sam I Am!

Josh walked into the classroom, came right up to me (he is 6’5” and at least 275 lbs) and said “We are doing the Green Eggs & Ham challenge, right?!”  You bet Josh. The previous week I read the class Green Eggs & Ham.  I then challenged them to try something new during the next … Continue reading Sam I Am, Sam I Am … I will try that this week Sam I Am!

No Cell Phone Distractions in Leadership Class? A Silly Dream or My New Reality?

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?

The 5 Days Of School Left Brown Bag Fundraising Miracle

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

Covid Fatigue – Tired of the Mask etc.

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.

Superstore Surprise – an unexpected boost – Ring Pops and a Link Crew moment

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

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