Author Archives: Rick

About Rick

32 years in education, the last 19 in administration, over 30 years coaching football. Father of 6, grandfather of 5 and counting on a few more ;-)

I Need to Know More…

The announcement of new standards for teachers, administrators, and central office educational leaders included very specific expectations around an understanding related to the history of First Nations, Metis and Inuit life in Canada. For teachers it is the fifth standard … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap

  Several years ago I had the opportunity to take a few teachers and students on a trip to Finland to visit some schools, teachers, and students. In planning our journey we had a one-day layover in London, England and … Continue reading

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21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate…#21

#21 Leave the place better than you found it.  It is the last of 21 ways Jon Gordon (2015) suggests one can be a great teammate.  I have some thoughts I’d like to share about several of the ways to … Continue reading

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Just one book…

The other day I was asked if I might be able to recommend one book, just one book, to be presented as a gift to some student teachers completing their final round of student teaching as they wrap up their … Continue reading

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Learning, Winning, and My Bad….

John Maxwell (2013) starts his book with a question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you wouldn’t fail” (p.1)?  It’s certainly easier to cliff jump into a lake if you know it’s not going to hurt, the … Continue reading

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Moving Forward or Falling Back

The Japanese have a saying, or at least when I was in Japan years ago a Japanese individual told me they have a saying that goes like this, “Shinpo shiite inai kagari dairaku shiite imasu”.  Now over the years my … Continue reading

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Stay humble and kind…

  A lady by the name of Lori McKenna wrote the song as a list of things she wanted to make sure she told her children. Not a bad list of things for all of us to remember particularly when … Continue reading

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Change – Redesign – Rethinking Schools

I recently had the opportunity to present to three sessions of high school students who indicated that they might want to be teachers. Close to 80 high school students 5 young men and 75 young women (that’s something to be … Continue reading

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Addiction, what’s my paradigm?

I find myself recently challenged about some of my thoughts, previously held dispositions around addictions and addicts. Having watched a couple of Ted Talks recently, and in consideration of some of the students and adults I work with IN ADDITION … Continue reading

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Failure is a moment…and then you decide

It has been far too long between posts. I could write about the many things that have been going on; the work, the family, the dissertation, the life, but really in the end I just haven’t made it a priority … Continue reading

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