“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars, the stars form a circle…and in the centre we dance.” Rumi
There are much more interesting photos out there of the fire. It is a sad news story that I can’t stop following this summer. Each time we went out in the boat, we could see smoke rising up out of the bush. It’s heartbreaking to imagine the landscape I love so much in flames.
My dream this year is to be a more intentional leader. When I first became a principal my focus was a lot like a lighthouse, moving in every direction as far as I could see, scanning for anything in dire need of my attention. Then it shifted to a stage spotlight. My work was more intentional, more focused, but it moved to follow the action. Now I want a laser-like focus. It’s my fourth year. I feel ready to try and shift my planning “from time management to priority management.” (Dr. Greg Wells taught us that. He has been working with our administrator group since August.) I feel ready to be more strategic.
Last year we embarked on a whole school inquiry inspired by Chris Hadfield’s book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.
I’ve written two other blog posts about this:
- Our Students are Learning Like Astronauts
- Building a Learning Culture Through a Whole School Inquiry
Do your students want to go to space?
We have been having a blast this year learning like an astronaut. In the fall, I launched a program designed to engage the whole school in exploring 21st Century learning skills. We called it “Learning like an Astronaut.” For one school year we are trying to answer this question: “If we were going to learn like an astronaut, what would we need to do?”
We are officially hooked on space! Our first challenge in our Learning Like an Astronaut project was to design a fitness test. We had full participation–every class delivered amazing entries with all students participating.
The Grade 5/6 class requested a music lesson but the teacher wanted to challenge me a bit more and push me out of my comfort zone. So last week I taught my first science lesson! The assigned topic: biodiversity.
Today I taught my first primary lesson. My background and experience is as a high school teacher and administrator. Now that I’m in my second year as an elementary principal I wanted to get into classes more, to become more familiar with curriculum in the various grades and subjects, and to explore different research-based teaching strategies.