Monday, October 15, 2018

Empowered together …

I've missed writing.   Last year, as I dove headfirst into working to understand the International School of Krakow, come to terms with the GDPR, adjust to life in Europe, and work with the staff, Board, students, and community stakeholders on establishing our "Strategic Plan 2023." I put writing my Blog on hold.  Now, it seems,…
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Not Just Cute and 30 Million Words

I just read a very interesting article on the “Not JustCute” website, a website dedicated to whole child education in the early years.  The article was about how we speak to our children and how it can make a big difference in their long-term success.  I was shocked to learn that, on average, the children of professional parents hear…
Friday, June 16, 2017

Gratitude

I know it isn’t Thanksgiving, but it is my last Notidirectiva so I thought it would be good to focus on gratitude.   I have been expressing my gratitude a lot over the past few months as I thank people for everything from their daily support to small moments to huge efforts to my 50th Birthday celebration…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

This is your Brain on Exercise

Thursday afternoon while walking up to the buses to say goodbye to the students for the day I stopped to talk to a couple of our elementary students.  They were heading home to start their homework.  I asked them what they did before starting. I asked them because our bodies have this thing called a…
Friday, February 17, 2017

Real Skills and Kindergarten (Grade 0)

I recently read an article by Seth Godin, who is a business guru and Human Resource expert.  He was writing about what, in the business world, are called “soft skills.”  When we think of someone in their job, we generally first think of the vocational skills – the hard skills – that are needed.  Doctors need medical skills; Engineers…
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy, Messy, Trying Harder, New Year!

As we enter the New Year, there is a lot being written about what to expect from 2017, and the uncertainties that it will hold. Given my own personal and professional changes that are coming, and those that are inevitable in the transition for Granadino, I can only begin to try to guess what this…
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Google, Harvard, and Sesame Street

When I was a Middle School Principal I found all of the rules and expectations to be a bit overwhelming for my students.  So, rather than get hung up on teaching them about Article 13 paragraph 1 of the Manual de Convivencia, I reinforced two basic expectations with my students continually:  “Be smart. Be nice.” When a…
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Checklist Childhood

I like days like today when I get the chance to sit quietly over lunch and read.  I work my way through a lot of information this way, and find myself making some interesting connections.  Today, among articles for light and darkness in architecture and a 3D printed steel bicycle, I also watched a TED Talk by…
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Goal to Be Greater

I subscribe to a number of Twitter feeds, mostly educational, to try to keep up with the ever-changing world of teaching and learning.  I get tweets from the New York Times, Alfie Kohn, Education Nation, Lee Crocket, Edutopia, EdWeek Teacher, Lifehack, Sir Ken Robinson, and any number of other sources.  In the past two weeks, I have…
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our Deepest Fear

As I begin my final year at Granadino, I have been thinking about what I would like to begin the year with in my Blog.   What tone do I want to set for the year?  Where do you start when looking at the end? Well, I just returned from visiting a bunch of pre-primary and primary classes…

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