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…

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

5 Simple Tools to Enhance Well-being in the Classroom

I wrote this article last September for The Tale of Two Teachers.  I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to get to know both Karley and Meaghan throughout this year.  Thanks you two for the inspiration to get writing again!

Congratulations! You have made it through your first couple of weeks back to school. By now you probably know who your students are, you can recognize them in the halls, and you are still bursting with summer energy. Way to go!

Keeping that positive energy up throughout the year… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

What is Positive Education?

 

What is “Positive Education”?

I like to tout myself as a ‘positive educator.’   But what does that mean, really?  Aren’t all educators positive and supportive.  Shouldn’t all educators encourage their students to learn in a positive and creative way?  Positive Education is a new and growing wheelhouse that is based on  the growing positive psychology movement. It has made a profound difference in my practice both in counselling and teaching.

“Positive education represents a paradigm shift: away from viewing education merely as a route to academic attainment, towards… Continue reading…

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

My Why…

My Why

 

Two years ago BC teachers were getting ready to go on strike.  We were fighting together for better class composition, smaller class size and increased pay.

 

Teachers were unhappy, overwhelmed and underappreciated.  During this time, I went looking for what made me feel better, and I discovered the science and research behind positive psychology.  Shawn Achor’s TED Talk: “The Happy Secret to Better Work” resonated deeply;  I felt like I found my calling.

 

Immediately after, I was inspired  to share the philosophies of… Continue reading…