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To change the world, change YOU first. To make an impact, look in the mirror. Decide that’s it’s okay to give all you have. Decide that your life isn’t about you, rather, it’s about the difference you can make. If you can decide that others can be first, you can make a difference.

It will be challenging. You WILL be used. You WILL be stepped on. You may watch others gain success, credit, accolades that you feel you deserve. Your character WILL be tested.

How will you respond? If your purpose is to offer your gifts to the world, whatever…


I’ve been meaning to get this piece taken care of for at least a few months now, but maybe this will make even more sense seven months into 2019. Most of us have abandoned even the memory of the resolutions we made in January — if you haven’t, bravo! — but you probably have. …


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Commitment to preparing our students for their futures also requires self-directed learning

I think we’ve all heard the saying, “don’t reinvent the wheel” — as educators, we’ve probably even used it as an excuse to “teach” our students using someone else’s lessons (that we may or may not have actually read through before delivering) or resources that we probably should have stopped using or, at the very least, updated. For some reason, many of us refuse to take risks when it comes to how our lessons are put together: we’re creatures of habit, we “know what works”, we already have the whole unit done (hey, can I get a photocopy of that?)…


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I was born into a family that owned and ran grocery stores from the early 1950s until 1999. Being raised between a grocery store and a food distribution centre wasn’t always exciting and, to be completely honest, I am sure there were several experiences that I missed out on while I was collecting buggies through the summer starting at age 12. I’ve learned, however ,that many of my habits and beliefs developed as a result of my days working for the family business. I remember one particular summer evening when I was about 15 years old; I was facing up…


As I’ve watched ‘edutwitter’ change and perhaps devolve over the past few years, I’ve found myself thinking about the idea of authenticity within leadership. I started to pay close attention to much of what I was seeing posted by ‘leaders in education’ and I couldn’t help but feel some disappointment. You see, without sounding overly critical, I got this feeling that many of the gurus out there in cyberspace (some of whom I have had real-life interactions with) might have authenticity issues. Here’s the thing, our current (very useful) culture of positive thinking looks down on anything that resembles “negativity”…


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For a little over 14 months through 2015 and 2016, I spent more time than I’d like to admit scouring the internet (with a heavy focus on twitter) looking for great edtech ideas and tools. I read articles from well-known and followed ‘gurus’ and many lesser-known yet often equally insightful educators. I learned a lot; through an Ontario ministry of education grant that I secured I was given the chance to lead a team of educators who were willing to take risks and were comfortable trying approaches where success wasn’t guaranteed. …


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As many educators across North America get ready to end another school year, it’s a great time to look ahead and think about ways to improve our teaching practice and things that we can ALL do to better serve our students and the school communities we support. When we’re able to improve as educators, we add value to the contributions we make to our classrooms and our school communities. Here are five ways to grow in the upcoming school year:

Find a Mentor

Perhaps some of us think that finding a mentor means we need to find a guru who…


As a special education teacher, I often had the opportunity to work with students who many of my colleagues found…let’s say, difficult to work with. On my worst days I found myself questioning why many educators might feel that students should fit into our expectations. Have you ever wondered why a certain student is okay with another teacher but simply unworkable with you? Building rapport is hard work. We can’t assume that the old “respect me because I am the teacher” model will work for all of our students, or even most of them these days. …


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Superheroes save the world. Superheroes change the world; well, at least the fictitious world that they’re in. They’re adored for their confidence, wit (often), nerve, calm demeanor, and their ability to control the most difficult, impossible situations. Superheroes exhibit an ability to make quick, correct decisions that’s unparalleled. They’re also made up. Completely. Superheroes are the creative works of people like you and me, except that the people who create superheroes aren’t exactly like you and me.

For the most part, these creative artists have figured out what makes people great. Comic writers have taken these truths and wrapped them…

Emile Ferlisi

Daddy and educator. Learning that when I listen more, I learn more. So I’m learning to listen more.

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