#Open - My One Little Word

    I've never really been "into" New Year's Eve celebrations and everything that comes with it. I am however keen on making changes in both my personal and professional life through constant reflection. Last year I came across the One Little Word movement and it had an immediate impact on my thinking. As I worked through the process the word Mindful came to me. It was my One Little Word until this September. As this point you might be thinking why September? Why not January? Well it really comes down to what I consider my New Year. September is when everything changes for me. School starts, the action begins and the work of making the best possible learning environment for students is well and truly underway. So this past summer I began to think about my One Little Word and how it could fit into my professional life. I would be starting...
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A Month of Blogging

  "My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results." ~ Seth Godin   Well it's over. My month long challenge of blogging every day has finally come to an end. Looking back on the 29 blog posts it has been a real learning experience. There were days that I struggled to come up with a topic but suddenly an idea found me. It may have been that I was more present than normal through the month so I was open to seeing clearly what was in front of me or it may have been that I just pushed myself to get my thoughts and ideas into a post. Either way it has been a wonderful experience.  Over the month of June my posts generated over 10,000 hits, 33 comments and 100's of shares on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn. But the...
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If You Write, They Will Read

"Blogging and the Internet allow us to engage in a lot more real time conversations as opposed to a one-way dump of information or a message." ~ Indra Nooyi    When I started this month long challenge of blogging every day my goal was ultimately to challenge readers thinking and to start conversations about what I find important. Blogging can be a very personal endeavour which scares many people away from creating a blog to share their thoughts with the world. What I have come to realize about writing a blog post and sharing it with the world is that people will read it, and if the topic hits a nerve with them, they will comment. As I come to the end of the first week of my challenge I am so pleased and impressed with the conversations that have developed through comments that readers have left. It has pushed...
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Inspiration

"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." ~ Robin Williams   Inspiration can come in many forms. Words, videos and actions by others can have a huge impact on your work or your life. This month I'm inspired to follow the lead of a colleague and friend who I admire for her leadership, values and conviction to education. For the month of May @sburyns blogged about something every day. 31 thoughtful and inspiring posts. There wasn't a day that went by that I wasn't inspired by her post. So for the month of June I am going to follow her lead and blog every day. You might read this and think I'm crazy to attempt this in possibly the busiest month of the school year for administrators, but I'm up for the challenge. My only fear is where the posts are going to come...
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Thinking Time

  Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself ~ Plato   The other day my secretary and I had a conversation about the differences between men and women which culminated in her statement that "men and women just think differently". I asked her what she meant by that and her response was "when I drive to work I'm thinking about what to make for dinner, what I have waiting for me at my desk, what my daughter is doing today. My husband, when asked what he thinks about on his way to work is nothing". Needless to say that had me thinking not only about what I think about when I drive to work but about those time that I find myself thinking deeply about something.  I'm trying to be more mindful. It is something I have been working on since September as I read Mindful Leadership by Maria...
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I've Been Tapped!

  I've been tapped to complete the blogger challenge, twice! First to tap me was @cordym and I was immediately interested but life got in the way and I forgot about it, until this morning when @jennzia tapped me. If you are not familiar with the blogger challenge there are 5 steps.  Acknowledge the nominating blogger Share 11 random facts about yourself Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger created for you List 11 bloggers Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know they have been nominated. Don't nominate the blogger who nominated you   So without further ado...   11 Random Facts About Me   I didn't buy my first computer until I got a permanent teaching position in 1996 In grade 7 I travelled from London to Toronto by train with a friend to see Bruce Springsteen I had my 2...
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5 to Follow

  I've read a few "5 to Follow" posts lately. They have been posts about five Twitter users to follow with the writer's reasons why you should. You could think of the posts as the popular #followfriday hashtag used by many Twitter users but with a much more detailed description of why someone should follow that person. Following along with the 5 to Follow idea I thought I would create a similar post, but about 5 blogs to follow. I follow a number of different educational blogs using Feedly as my blog aggregator in a number of different areas like leadership, edtech and classroom teaching. Below are 5 blogs that I enjoy reading and I'm sure you will too! Click each graphic to get to the blog.       If you are interested in educational technology and leadership then Scott McLeod's blog is a must read. In his dangerously!...
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3 Things I've Noticed About My Writing

   "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." ~ Writer, Cyril Connolly   Up until I started blogging about a year ago the only real writing I did was for report cards. In Teacher's College I had to write a few papers but nothing that couldn't be done in a short period of time with a little bit of effort. In University my major of Human Kinetics didn't have any courses that required papers to write as other majors like History or Psychology. High School was more of a party for me so I can't say I remember learning much about writing. Although I must say I had 2 of the best English teachers you could hope for. My writing skills, or lack thereof, was in no way due to them. Since starting my Master in School Leadership...
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