When Winning Isn't Enough.
by Geoff Belleau
As 2014 draws to an end, schools are reaching halftime in the Big Game of 2014-2015. Last Sunday, I watched the San Francisco 49ers win their last game of the year, and then bid farewell to a coach who has posted a winning record over the past four years. Twitter blew up with comments like "What are they thinking? Winning isnít enough?!?" (And those are the nicer comments.) It made me stop to think, which led me to re-write this blog post.
What if winning isnít enough? What if, over a span of four years, itís not OK "just" to win and never fail? From what I read, the problem between 49ers management and the coach all boiled down to relationships; they just couldn't get along. [read more]
The tools are there; can we meet the challenge?
by Susan Gilley
Back in the day, when your computer was messed up, you phoned a friend or even took your machine in to a computer technician. A couple of days ago, my laptop began showing an error that the battery was not charging. I googled a little last night trying to find the solution and tried a couple of options without success. Tonight I came home and googled possibilities again. Believe it or not, the second YouTube video I watched provided the answer. [read more]
Boy, Girls, and Collaboration
by Skip Johnson
I came to school one Monday morning to discover that the contractor who had installed our new playground over the weekend left behind a two cubic yard pile of Fibar—a kind of wood chip used at the base of climbing structures. Being a resourceful principal, I asked for student volunteers to help move this material from our lower school to the garden in the upper part of the campus. About ten fifth and sixth grade boys assembled around the material during lunch. I provided a wheelbarrow and some shovels, and, pointing to the garden on the slope above us, I gave one simple direction: "We need to move this stuff from here to there." [read more]