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

Pillow Balancing on Google Meet – School Culture Matters

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

#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

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)

Christmas Charities – Supercharge them – Delay the Day! … and then play some Bingo

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

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!

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

Scaredy Squirrel- Leadership Role Model!!!

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!!!

Awesome McHappy Meal Activity

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