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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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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First Week = Great Week!

First Week = Great Week!
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire ~ William Butler Yeats Amidst all of the construction for our new renovation, the change in routines for the students and my own new school jitters one thing stood out ~ our collective purpose. The entire school community - parents, teachers and administrators have one purpose when it comes to the children in our care; to provide the best for our children. Everyone wants that, and we all strive for it. During the first week I watched excited children play with their friends on the yard, nervous parents watch their children walk into kindergarten for the first time and teachers do what they always do; make their classrooms a place of safety and comfort. And it wasn't easy for any of us. The construction made for new entry and exit routines that needed to be adjusted as...
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Reading is More Than Just Reading

Yes, you read the title correctly, but let me explain. Yesterday I had a brief conversation with our Reading Support Teacher (RST) about her observations during a Literature Circle discussion she had with a group in grade 5. It immediately had me reflecting on my classroom experiences with Literature Circles. For those of you who haven't heard of the concept of Literature Circles check out Harvey Daniels website, or just google it. Basically it's adult book club for kids. Lots of reading, lots of talking. There are many aspects involved in implementing Literature Circles that I won't write about today, but what I loved most were the "roles" students took that allowed everyone an opportunity to shine. The roles I used were: Word Wizard - discovering special words in the text Discussion Director - leading the group during conversation, developing conversation guiding questions Artful Artist - creating a picture to represent...
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