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.




The snowplough was on duty after last Monday’s snowfall. It knocked a water main resulting in an ongoing spill of treated water.

The incident happened just outside my teacherage. The orange and green tarps are covering the area under repair.

The water plant asked that we close the school to conserve water. We stayed closed until Thursday. We brought in some bottled water in anticipation of opening Friday:

An extreme cold warning was issued, so the board decided to keep the school closed Friday too. An entire week!

Today is the start of a new week and we are open.