Marble-Jar Trust (Brené Brown)

When starting up the year, I often refer to Dr. Brené Brown's brilliant concept of the Marble Jar. Imagine that the trust in each of the relationships in your life is represented by a marble jar. At it's core, Brené (yes, like most humans my age, I would like to imagine that we are on a first-name … Continue reading Marble-Jar Trust (Brené Brown)

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The Asynchronous Power of Batching

  People who create, write, study, paint, illustrate, or teach need to give themselves permission to use the systems that exist to create space for themselves, so they’re not held captive by the hustle, grind, and burnout culture of more, more, more. The asynchronous power of batching (using chunks of time to do a bunch … Continue reading The Asynchronous Power of Batching

Belonging Starts with a Smile

Belonging It turns out that belonging is a greater predictor of life-expectancy, well-being, happiness, and fulfillment than heart health, poverty, smoking, or obesity. We can all affect the environments in which we live through our actions, because of the contagiousness of our behaviour. Due to our nature as community-seeking beings, we were wired to seek … Continue reading Belonging Starts with a Smile

How to Be a Rockstar Podcast Guest

How to Be a Stellar Podcast Guest Podcasting is the new frontier in marketing and business communication. Everyone seems to have one or want to be a guest on one. Now, it’s more important than ever to know how to hone your message so that it lands well with your desired audience. Sharing your ideas … Continue reading How to Be a Rockstar Podcast Guest

E 67 – How to be a Connection Ninja (With David Knapp-Fisher)

How do you make authentic connections with people? How can we teach kids to do the same? What are some of the keys that will enable students to be successful in the uncertain future world they face? I want to introduce you to my friend, David Knapp-Fisher, a connection ninja, speaker, author, world-traveller, and speaking … Continue reading E 67 – How to be a Connection Ninja (With David Knapp-Fisher)

Favourite Mantras for the Classroom

I was inspired to create this post after hearing an episode of Barbara Gruener's Corner on Character  podcast episodes. One of her guests talked about the power of mantras in helping to form a positive and encouraging classroom culture. I loved the idea. While I have strong values, I haven't always articulated these into classroom mantras so … Continue reading Favourite Mantras for the Classroom

E 63 – Inspiring a BE KIND Culture (With Roman Nowak)

Ever wonder what the key to engagement for your students can be? How can connection be the key to achievement for our students? How do we tear down the incorrect beliefs we have that other teachers are perfect? Roman Nowak is a highschool teacher in Rockland, Ontario, Canada. A veritable kind of kindness, he hosted … Continue reading E 63 – Inspiring a BE KIND Culture (With Roman Nowak)

E 62 How to Build Award Winning School Culture (With Hans Appel)

How do you build a culture at school that truly reflects values rooted in belonging, kindness, and celebrating the innovative capabilities and individualism of each student? In this episode, we talk about going beyond the limits of the 21-century model of education to create school cultures that value the individual and celebrate kindness. You’ll learn … Continue reading E 62 How to Build Award Winning School Culture (With Hans Appel)

Power of Moments

What makes for a powerful, memorable moment, in school or otherwise? Naturally, we all seek to be memorable. Nobody dreams of living an unremarkable life. We all want to be special to somebody. Some of us seek accolades from the masses, while others seek to be important to just a select few. That's part of … Continue reading Power of Moments