For the next two days, I will be attending the Technology-Enabled Leading and Learning Conference. It's my first time attending and I'm leading a workshop on hyperdocs too! Essentially, this is an AMAZING PD and networking opportunity for administrators from all systems across the province and the focus couldn't be more relevant. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions are all centred on the latest pedagogical trends in technology integration. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity because as a leader, I feel strongly that administrators have to be the standard the expect for their teachers. As instructional leaders, we should be actively learning about these trends and making the pedagogical connections. When we model for our staff how to use these tools and dynamic methods of delivery and production, we inculcate a culture rooted in sound instructional practices and relevance. If we can demonstrate to staff that these new tools and methods can be meaningful and useful for the adults, then we can help our staff to make similar connections for students, thus making our classrooms dynamic learning environments.
Never thought I'd EVER type a title like that. Pandemics were only events I had taught about during my History classes. The experience thus far can only be described as surreal. It's been a part of our reality for nearly 10 months now and the fear and uncertainty is still not lost on me with the reporting of daily infection and death rates. It has been my single greatest challenge as a leader to date to show up to work everyday imbuing optimism that we're going to be ok, that school is a safe place to be. I have to say that on 98% of those days, I have believed just that. We have be so very fortunate not to have experienced any positive diagnoses of COVID-19 so far. Implementing the new health and safety protocols, while tedious and laborious, has not been all that difficult. Sure, the work up front was a lot - signage, taping arrows and cues on the walls and floors, rearranging classroom furniture to establish social distancing in the classrooms ... as the Principal, th