“X” Marks the Spot

Audio read by Lynn Thomas I began writing this series a year and a half ago to explore the many considerations we need to contemplate regarding the changes that will occur in the next decade and what our students will need to be successful in that time-frame and beyond. Access, happiness, mental well-being, reflection, patience,…

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…

The Long Dark Days of November

"The Long Dark Days of November" was actually an agenda topic at our most recent staff meeting. The general conversation surrounded how many of us, especially our students, may be feeling at this time of year. My principal outlined a couple things to think about - it's midterm so many students may be disheartened because…