INSPIRE

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do. Kobe Bryant As educators, we understand the difference that positive inspiration can make in a person’s life. After all, that is what we do. We strive to inspire others to change their lives in such…

Why Coaching?

Coaching, coaching, coaching—everywhere you look in educational literature, there is generally a conversation that includes “coaching” as a buzz word!   Have you ever wondered what is meant by these references to coaching, and why coaching has become such a phenomena—Yes, why coaching and why now?  Researchers such as Elenar Aguilar (The Art Of Coaching, 2013) cite coaching…

Finding Your Mrs. Thorpe

Looking back, as a principal, highlights in my day were visiting classrooms, interacting with students, and witnessing teaching and learning. By far, my students across grade levels were fortunate to have some great teachers, and if I ever had to select the most effective teacher I worked with, indisputably, I could not. Although different in…

Literacy: 5 Non-Negotiables

Have you ever encountered that one student that, instantly, you knew you’d never forget?  I’m not talking about the coolest kid, the dainty little princess or even the local Doogie Howser type.  I’m talking about that one kid who connected with you in a way no other student ever could—the student who stretched you as…

My Cup Runneth Over

As a principal at the start of the school year, I was always  excited to welcome my staff back and swop stories of our summer adventures. I would plan all summer, knowing that my team and I had created new initiatives, strategies, and structures that would have my staff working smarter not harder and my students…