A Worm For You – Magic Wiggle Worm Wednesday

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

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

Calgary Leadership Teachers / Rockstars Social Distance Brainstorming

Had the chance to connect with some of my favorite people, the Calgary Leadership Rockstar Crew.  Michelle, Jackie, Kate, Laura, Cody, Rebecca, and I shared what we are doing at our Calgary High Schools to build school culture in our communities. It was great to see their faces and share how we were doing before … Continue reading Calgary Leadership Teachers / Rockstars Social Distance Brainstorming

Find Your Tribe – helping students feel connected

Sept. 2019 -Arkan walked into his first day of classes in the Leadership room, put his arms in the air, and said "I'm home!" Jan. 2020 - Arkan comes into class, sees the "Oh the Places You'll Go!" books ready to be signed and says "Oh no, it means the end of Leadership is close." … Continue reading Find Your Tribe – helping students feel connected

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)

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!!!

Guest Speaker follow up assignment

Phil Boyte Reflection Assignment Looking for an assignment you can use to build on a keynote or guest speaker presentation.  Try this one attached above.  Phil Boyte spoke at our school. His presentation was excellent and I highly recommend him.  His website: http://learningforliving.com/ The day after his session we spent time debriefing what stood out … Continue reading Guest Speaker follow up assignment

Gen Z may see the world a little different

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9956gDpUY Tim Elmore from Growing Leaders shared this video and 3 reasons why Generation Z is succeeding where previous generations may have struggled. 1.    They can see what we often cannot envision. 2.  They will attempt what we often believe is illogical. 3. They can collaborate when we often only feel conflict A great … Continue reading Gen Z may see the world a little different