Thursday, 6th July 2017

Creating time and space

It’s July… and I don’t know about the rest of you but all of a sudden my mind and body turned to mush and suddenly nothing got accomplished.

As educators, we live in busy days and work hard for that well-deserved summer holiday.

My thoughts this summer are all about this concept of well-being and establishing routine and practice in looking after myself.

What would it look like if we practiced this summer making space for thirty minutes a day to restore, re-energize and reflect on how we feel.

Will… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Collapsing at the Finish Line in June

As we are coming to the end of another school year, I am noticing that June is filled with bleary eyed educators collapsing at the finish line.

We end up looking more like the owl on the right than we expect.

What is it about a full school year that leaves everyone — students, teachers and administrators — exhausted and weary and struggling to finish the year with energy?  So often, educators are givers.  We give so much of ourselves, our time, our energy that by the time we… Continue reading…

Thursday, 1st June 2017

Advice for our Grads

 

When I was a new mom the best piece of advice I ever got was, “the days are long but the years are short” and now, in June,  as my baby girl is finishing Kindergarten, I wonder where all the time has gone.

 

As educators, during this time of year,  we are watching our students transition out of our classes and into summer – sometimes we may never see them again.  This is a nostalgic time.   For me, as I watch another year of “grad babies” finish… Continue reading…

Friday, 1st July 2016

2×10 with WellAhead

 

 

WellAhead is a philanthropic initiative of the J.W. McConnell family Foundation that aims to improve child and youth mental health by integrating wellbeing into school communities.

This past year, Greater Victoria School District worked with them to co-design, prototype and scale out an initiative called 2×10 that is about connecting staff with students in schools.

2×10 is essentially an adult taking at least 2 minutes to talk to a student up to 10 times about something that is meaningful and positive to the student to help build a… Continue reading…

Saturday, 7th May 2016

What are you missing?

This weekend I had the privilege of sitting in silence with twenty five educators from the Greater Victoria School District.   We have all embarked on an 8-week mindfulness journey where we meet once a week for two hours to meditate and learn about mindful living.   This weekend was our meditation retreat after completing 6 weeks so far of being together.

 

Led my local mindfulness instructor, the lovely Stephanie Curran, we escaped deep into the beautiful sanctuary of West Saanich and had the opportunity to sit in silence for… Continue reading…