The Class of 2030, What Skills Will They Need?

The biggest challenges students in kindergarten right now will face when they graduate is a rapidly changing work environment so being flexible is essential, and flexibility requires confidence. Confidence is the by-product of strong emotional intelligence and it will be necessary to successfully navigate the work-world of the future. Social-emotional intelligence ensures students are self…

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#OneWord2019

I have been considering what word would best encapsulate my goals for 2019 for quite some time now, and one evening during Christmas break, as I sat contentedly knitting a shawl from Norwegian yarn brought to me as a gift from a friend, I had an epiphany. My word was right in front of me…

Thoughts on Seven Fallen Feathers Part 2

Hurting from the Before Mental Health and wellness supports need improvement throughout the province overall. Stigma, lack of education, long waiting lists and "band aid" solutions - including lip service without the necessary backing - riddle positive progress. The situation in Indigenous communities as shown through this chapter are even more abysmal. Isolation may be…

The Long Dark Days of November

"The Long Dark Days of November" was actually an agenda topic at our most recent staff meeting. The general conversation surrounded how many of us, especially our students, may be feeling at this time of year. My principal outlined a couple things to think about - it's midterm so many students may be disheartened because…

Learning Needs

As teachers we all learn about Bloom's taxonomy and want to push our students to attain upper levels of thinking - analyzing, evaluating and creating. If we apply the SAMR model we want students to also attain the upper levels - modification and redefinition. Yet we also have to take into consideration the needs that…