It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Gavin McCormack posted an article about how important for educators to be a part of each student’s village. He says that each child’s success in his learning environment has to do with the strength of their village. As educators, we can only support and control the educational environment. So, it is all the more important Read more about It Takes a Village to Raise a Child[…]

Four Things Never Come Back

Sulbha Shail posted the following four things that never come back: 1. The spoken word. 2. The wasted time. 3. The neglected opportunity. 4. The past life. Shail found this inspiring list from quotesnlyrics.com. I love to be reminded of these simple things that I can forget during a busy life. Let’s all remember that Read more about Four Things Never Come Back[…]

Honour People Who are Sensitive

We all know sensitive people. As a guidance Counsellor, I have met numerous students who are sensitive. They have highly active sensitive awareness antennas. This is both beautiful and yet challenging for them and their friends and family, not to mention themselves. One of my grandsons is one of those sensitive people. However, this has Read more about Honour People Who are Sensitive[…]

Change and the Pandemic

This morning I was impressed by an article in the Free Press about what school is like during this pandemic. The journalist wrote a thorough description of what a classroom looks and feels like with masks and glass dividers in the classroom. The teacher asked the grade 3/4 class to write about milestones in their Read more about Change and the Pandemic[…]

Support People Who Make Mistakes

Leadership First posted an interesting quote about the importance of empathy and support for anyone who has made a mistake. He quotes Jack Welch, “When people make mistakes, the last thing they need is discipline. It’s time for encouragement and confidence building. The job at this point is to restore self-confidence. I think ‘piling on’ Read more about Support People Who Make Mistakes[…]

How to Prepare Our Students

Gavin McCormack posted answers to the question about how we prepare our students for a world we don’t know. McCormack says, “When we establish a curriculum, a classroom and a home environment around independence in children, we start to see that other essential skills flourish very quickly.” McCormack states that when we establish independence, such Read more about How to Prepare Our Students[…]

Remembrance Day Thoughts

This morning I watched another Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa. What struck me as beautiful were the many amazing speeches by Canadian dignitaries. One theme was common with all of them which was the pandemic that is affecting people around the world. I think this pandemic is uniting human beings around the world and so Read more about Remembrance Day Thoughts[…]

All Students do Their Best

I love David Geurin’s post on Twitter about students doing their best with the skills they have learned. Geurin states, “Don’t write off students who struggle and label them as lazy or unmotivated. Instead, be curious about the skills they’re missing that we can teach them to help them succeed. Let’s assume the best about Read more about All Students do Their Best[…]

What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning?

1. They view mistakes as learning opportunities. 2. They cultivate cool grey matter. 3. They become problem solvers. 4. They develop a growth mindset. 5. They are more creative. 6. They learn to experiment. 7. They learn project management. 8. They develop intrinsic thinking. 9. They become explorers. 10. They learn to think outside the Read more about What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning?[…]