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Whatever Would We Do Without the 'Black Hats'?

I was introduced to the 'Six Thinking Hats' as an Assistant Principal with PSD.  A group of administrators had been reading the book and shared their learning through a really fun bag of hats - each hat in the bag a different color.  Each hat represented collaboration in the task of looking at an existing landscape or an initiative from different perspectives.  I was particularly intrigued by the black hat.



As an administrator, the black hat can be the most challenging to work with…

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Added by Barb Holden on May 24, 2013 at 10:38pm — No Comments

"Make It Better" in Elementary and Middle School - Supporting LGBTQ Kids

I have two sons.

One is practicing in the field of law.  One is a Mechanical Engineer.

One loves hockey.  One loves cars.

One has blonde hair.  One has red hair.

One is straight.  One is gay.

I had the opportunity to attend #tedxedmonton this last weekend, and I did get a wake-up call - and a call to action.  That is what this blog is really about.

Speaker Kristopher Wells, researcher at the University of Alberta in the…

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Added by Barb Holden on October 16, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Looking Forward. . . A Personal Reflection

In the winter of the current school year, I found myself looking forward . . . and I realized that I was in the enviable position of choosing where I wanted to live.  My husband’s job was no longer tied to a specific geographic location – and my kids were making decisions about where they wanted to be. . . based on post-secondary education and career opportunities.  The world was my oyster. . .

 

I am a principled person, and so I began to think about what I wanted – really…

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Added by Barb Holden on June 27, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

If you don't stand for something. . .

 

This I believe. . . with an attempt at order. . . but none are negotiable -

 

10.  Working with kids is a privilege.

The privilege of working with kids is just that – a privilege.  If your heart isn’t in it, you aren’t going to be effective and could probably make a better contribution elsewhere.  If your heart is in it, you are so needed – and you can make the world a better place. 

 

9.  Together, we are better. 

Parents,…

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Added by Barb Holden on April 25, 2011 at 12:49am — No Comments

Celebrating Our Connected Youth

I have been feeling the need to celebrate our youth!  They are an amazing group of people, and I am privileged to work with them each day.

 

I am an Assistant Principal, and I am excited about our youth and the potential they have to contribute to this world. . . . also about the contributions they are making now.   There is every reason to be feeling ‘hope-full’ about our youth today.

 

Each day, when I go to work, I meet young people that are committed to making…

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Added by Barb Holden on April 24, 2011 at 11:24pm — 1 Comment

What are the 'Critical Tools' for Educators today?

This weekend, I invested in a set of Henkel knives.  I am in awe of these knives; I can’t imagine that we have managed to cook without them at all.  This morning, I cut some celery sticks for lunch – and they cut like butter. 

 



Living in a world of metaphors, I thought about how we resource our schools. 

 

Do we always identify and…

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Added by Barb Holden on April 12, 2011 at 10:20pm — No Comments

Special Education and 21st Century Learning

Why would we ever believe that anything less than providing for individual needs, interests, abilities – gifts and talents would ever be good enough for all of our children? 



Throughout my career, I have been committed to children and their learning with particular focus on the inclusion of students with special needs.  I didn’t enter the profession intending that inclusion would be a focus in my career – I was blissfully unaware of exclusion. …

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Added by Barb Holden on April 7, 2011 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

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