Leadership Learning : Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

You’re Hired…..

It’s hiring season in the international market and I am learning just how challenging it is and how fierce competition is for great teachers. I have done a great deal of hiring in the past: secretaries, Educational Assistants, teachers, occasional teachers, Vice Principals and I thought I had a good grasp on the process. Well,…

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Does professional learning lead to professional growth?

It is no secret to anyone that knows me that one of the key reasons I wanted to be a principal at an international school was for my own professional growth. I was hoping to renew my passion for school leadership and to learn in a new context. So far so good! Everyday is proving…

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Visitors Welcome……

This week I had my first visitors to China. My son Harrison and his friend Gio came for a week during American Thanksgiving. I could hardly wait for them to get here! Harrison and I are good travel companions. We get along well, both have a sense of curiosity and adventure and I know that…

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Feed Forward

Over the last few weeks I have been a part of about 30 formal teacher evaluations. Prior to all of these “official” observations I have been in all classrooms and provided written feedback, attended team planning meetings and participated in professional learning with my staff. These are all opportunities to make observations, gather evidence and…

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Culture, Curriculum and Community

A friend @Mlynch9395 asked me this week about what the differences were in schools between my current school and home. This is a complicated question and had me reflecting and gathering my thoughts over the last week. It is true that each school even within the same district has its own identity and culture but…

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Positively Oblivious

There is something completely freeing about not knowing the rules, language or social mores of a country. Don’t get me wrong it is also completely unnerving at the same time but I am choosing to find the bliss in it more than the fear. I find myself more present here than at home. Alone with…

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Filling my cup…..

Most of my friends and family know that one of my reasons for leaving Ontario and coming to China was to find a better work/life integration and to work on my personal wellness. I was feeling burnt out and I did not want to get to a point that I was unhealthy, unhappy and negative…

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Know Thy Impact

Recently I had a dialogue with a friend about the impact others have on us and the fact that we really do not know how our words, behaviours or experiences change a person. In particular we talked about how we are negatively impacted at times by situations or people in our work that we face….

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Finding your Swing…..

During the Golden Week holiday I finally sat down to read “The Boys in the Boat.” I knew that I would instantly connect with the story because it was about the USA Olympic Rowing team and their quest for a Gold Medal at the 1936 Olympics and we have been a part of the world…

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Breath in and Breath Out: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

This week in Thailand was spectacular. Sand, sun, sunsets, food, drinks, laughter, friendships and quiet relaxation. During our trip there was a serious event that also stirred some unresolved feelings and memories that required time to process. Kate and I had just arrived at the pool, I stopped to fill up the water bottles and…

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