Even (Especially) Principals Learn

One of the positives of my Northern adventure is the accompanying intellectual growth.

I find teaching much more interesting this time ’round. For example, The Principal Qualifications Courses (Parts I & II) have proven to be surprisingly thought provoking.

I have an interest in mindfulness and non-violent communication. Well it turns out educators do too. Learning about Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people has introduced me to a new field of interest: Restorative Practices (also know as restorative justice).

These fields are, much to my surprise, being integrated and my to-read list currently has a draft of a new book by Joe Brummer: “Building a Trauma Informed Restorative Culture In The School Setting” (working title).

I’ve signed up for an insight meditation retreat. The 7 day silent retreat is scheduled for this summer. The leader of the retreat has suggested two exciting books:

Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian by Paul Knitter

Insight Meditation by Joseph Goldstein.

Currently I am reading “say what you mean”, a book integrating non-violent communication and mindfulness.

I have a number of books on my shelf that I still need to get to about Indigenous Culture and experience:

7 Fallen Feathers
God Is Red
Children of the Broken Treaty

Take a moment to leave me a comment about what you are reading.



2 thoughts on “Even (Especially) Principals Learn

  1. Hi Jim,
    I loved reading your thoughts! I am starting my Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program Feb. 14th under the guidance of Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. You could look them up too. They are amazing teachers, along with Sharon Salzberg and Jon Kabet Zinn. I have been trained twice in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. It is powerful for all, students and teachers! Blessings!
    Kathy DeFranco

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  2. I enjoyed reading your blog. It looks like you are really trying to be positive in a difficult situation.
    I’m currently reading “Homo Deus” by Yuval Harari. It’s about where mankind is heading in the future. It’s an excellent follow up to his “Sapiens” book which describes mankind’s history. Maybe you can read them in your week of silence,

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