All the best to the Gr. 7s and the teachers and staff that are going to camp today. How lucky are these guys? Two camps in one year!? That's unheard of. Thanks so much to all those involved in planning both camps.
We are so fortunate to be in a profession that gives so freely. Teachers, staff and parents give so much to the school and the students. Other schools are not so lucky.
Thank you to everyone who does something to provide the 'extras' for our school!
Well folks, Mark Madryga tells us it is going to be a great weekend. Personally, I am going to enjoy the sun while playing some ball. Can't wait to have fun.
Two weeks left. I am so excited to see how much great work the kids have done here at Franklin. They are pretty special, these kids.
Soon I will be posting a link to a website that a group of three grade 4 and 5 students has created. It is in the fashion of the 'Choose Your Own Mystery' books from when we were kids.
Parents should be proud of their kids. I am proud of them and our great school. Have a super weekend!
It just struck me today that we are less than 3 weeks away to the end of the year. This is bitter sweet for me. I really love my job. I love the kids (they are pretty cool by this point in the year) and I think, "I have so much more to teach them!"
On the other side of that coin, I am tired. I commented the other day to a colleague, "It would be easier to not care so much." When we care about our students, we try so hard to find ways to engage them, new techniques to teach them and methods of communication that they will understand and receive.
Well, we're almost there and I am ready, but I'm not. Today is the Morning of Dance. That should be fun. Looking forward to it.
Have a great day all!
The Franklin Fair is on today. The parents have been working hard to put on this annual event. The community in this school is pretty amazing.
Just want to wish everyone a great day today and hope that the fair is a huge success!
This is a very busy time of year for teachers. I am thinking so much that my brain hurts.
I won't bother you by whining and listing all that needs to be done, but I want recognize my colleagues and all their work at this time of year.
Some of my colleagues and I are currently doing a book study on the new work by Michael Fullan and Andy Hargraves called, Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, and it has some great ideas and insights.
The main premise of the book is that we have to invest in the people in an organization. Make the people better at what they do. Make them invested in their growth, skill development and success. Give them the skills, training and encouragement to grow.
We, as a group of professionals, have the skills and expertise to improve student learning by creating cooperative and collaborative groups within our community. We can invest in helping students achieve more by helping each other.
Not always an easy thing to do, but a worth while endeavour.
What a fantastic celebration today at Franklin. We had writing by all grades in our school. From Kindergarten to Grade 7, students displayed the work they have done from simple stories to assignments on their websites.
Thanks so much to all the staff for their great work in preparing for today. Thanks to the grade 7 students for all their help with the younger grades' presentations.
Thank you to all the parents who came to see the wonderful work of our students.
In all of my professional reading on leadership, one of the main messages is: Realationships, relationships, relationships.
It is so important to be aware of how we interact with others. This is a skill that I have been working on for some time now. I have not always had the ability to speak to others with consideration that I use now. I have come to learn that we must truly be respectful of others.
I never assume that someone is not working hard enough, giving their best or operating with malice. I have learned that all of us have our own stories, we bring our own baggage and it is wise to consider that others may be struggling for one reason or another.
One of the first things I do now is to smile and ask someone how they are before I hit them with a request or piece of information. I have found that this simple approach goes a long way.
Don't assume that others are lazy or incompetent. Assume they know what they are doing, and if they need assistance or understanding, provide that to them.
Approach others with a smile and a kind word.
What is that thing that drives some to be better each day, and yet others are content to remain static? As an 'average Joe' I understand the value of hard work. Nothing comes easy to most of us, so we have to compensate by working with vigor.
It is our job as teachers and parents to help instil that intrinsic motivation. Teach children a sense of pride and self-worth. It isn't until around the age of 12 that most children are able to be intrinsically motivated. They function on a concrete level. This means the 'reward - punishment' paradigm is what drives them. So how do we teach students to do the job to the best of their abilities just for the sake of doing a job well?
I believe that we must model this behaviour and push students to be their best, even when they don't want to, or think they can.
I vehemently believe in doing the best we can. I hold high standards, not just for my students, but for myself and others. I believe that we all should hold our children to high standards and teach them to give their all each and every time.
I know this is the end of the year, and I am just starting, but I want to tell all of the students and their parents how much I have enjoyed my first year at Franklin.
The students are wonderful and I have really enjoyed the community feel at this wonderful little school in our corner of Vancouver.
I know we will have a great end to the year. June will be a lot of fun.