We DO make a Difference – Part 1

We DO make a Difference – PART 1 It wasn’t long after I arrived at Macdonald Consolidated that I met Bernice. She was a middle school student with attitude. During my time as principal she won the Most Contemptuous Middle School Student award, hands-down. It wasn’t until later that I figured out where the anger… Continue reading We DO make a Difference – Part 1

Standardized Tests

Bob Cockburn was my university rugby coach. U.N.B. didn’t have the biggest team in the league but we more than made up for it in fitness. Having a fit team was one of his trademarks. He believed that in order to be ready to play against other teams, practices had to be harder than games… Continue reading Standardized Tests

Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb I started my teaching career in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. It was a great three years, but after the birth of our daughter we decided that we wanted to be closer to home. The first job offer I had was to teach sciences and math at Rothesay-Netherwood School back in New Brunswick.… Continue reading Out on a Limb

Chronic Education #2

Chronic Education #2 During my time as principal of Macdonald Consolidated School most days started out in the same manner. The buses arrived, our students exited and the high school students transferred to their respective buses. More often than not it was a smooth transition with little disruption or incident. But occasionally . . .… Continue reading Chronic Education #2

Body Language

Body Language I loved reading to my children. These opportunities truly represented quality time. I have so many fond memories of the three of us huddled around a book or laughing with poems by Shel Silverstein. But let me digress . . . . . . I remember when our children went off to school… Continue reading Body Language

The Meaning of Life

What’s it all About I was having one of those days. Before I could get one thing accomplished, two new problems popped up – or so it seemed. One thing about it, as a principal I found that the days passed incredibly fast. I forget what issue I was dealing with, but I decided to… Continue reading The Meaning of Life

A Walk-by Kicking

A Walk-by Kicking At Macdonald Consolidated School we held two middle school assemblies per week. The music room was just large enough to accommodate all six classes. In September, we covered (reviewed) how assemblies were to be carried out; ie, behaviour expectations, how to treat guest speakers, proper ways to ask questions, etc. Once the… Continue reading A Walk-by Kicking