U is for Unhappy? Not Anymore…

I recently attended a book launch open house where my friend Rob Dunlop celebrated the culmination of four years of work on his book STRIVE for Happiness in Education. Rob is totally on the right track with this book. In a time of such significant upheaval on multiple fronts, his book serves as a balm.…

Q is for Questions and Not Getting Caught in the Quagmire

A teacher's job is full of questions; that's what we do really, live in questions. Answering, asking, composing, rephrasing -- all those questions fill our day. And then we ask some more questions -- questions that we hope will challenge our students, push them deeper, and foster critical thinking. We perfect our questioning skills to…

The Class of 2030, What Skills Will They Need?

The biggest challenges students in kindergarten right now will face when they graduate is a rapidly changing work environment so being flexible is essential, and flexibility requires confidence. Confidence is the by-product of strong emotional intelligence and it will be necessary to successfully navigate the work-world of the future. Social-emotional intelligence ensures students are self…

Thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers Part 2

Hurting from the Before Mental Health and wellness supports need improvement throughout the province overall. Stigma, lack of education, long waiting lists and "band aid" solutions - including lip service without the necessary backing - riddle positive progress. The situation in Indigenous communities as shown through this chapter are even more abysmal. Isolation may be…