My Philosophy of Leadership

My philosophy of Leadership My philosophy of leadership By Zoe Branigan-Pipe In the clearing stands a boxer And a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of every glove that laid him down Or cut him till he cried out, In his anger and his shame: I am leaving I am leaving” But the fighter still remains. -Paul Simon I admire the boxer for his persistence, his endurance and how he draws strength from passed fights. The boxer uses this for inspiration to get back up and fight. It is this that I draw upon when reflecting on my eight years within the public education system. Even the best teachers, administrators, and leaders get knocked down. Getting Continue reading My Philosophy of Leadership

Are One-to One Laptop Programs worth the Investment?

Are One-to-One Laptop Programs Worth the Investment? http://www.districtadministration.com/ViewArticle.aspx?articleid=1883 Administrators are learning that a successful program requires more than financing. By Eamonn O’Donovan February 2009 This Gist of this article really emphasizes how important it is to establish a culture that is receptive to the use of laptop computers as a learning tools. This is an excellent series of articles that discuss all facets of implementing a 1:1 laptop initiative in schools. Principal Eamonn O’Donovan tells about her experiences spearheading an initiative to place as many laptop computers in the ands of students in grades 3-8 as possible. I particularly found this article interesting because Lawfield School in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board is wanting to embark on a Continue reading Are One-to One Laptop Programs worth the Investment?

Transformative Teaching

I’m am just beginning to transform my methods……. I did not know at the time that I would be taking as Robert Frost would say, ‘the road less traveled’. Ever since I can remember, I have always had a keen interest in computers. When the school Information Technology Contact (ITC) role became available, I quickly volunteered. I did not assume this to be a leadership role, rather, a role that I could take that would help the school move forward.  At the time, I did not have any computer qualifications at at the time and I certainly did not assert that I was an expert in the area.  I did not know at the time that I would be taking as Continue reading Transformative Teaching

Does Twitter count as a Professional Learning Community?

Does Twitter count as a Professional Learning Community? By: Zoe Branigan-Pipe I signed up for Twitter because my Graduate Faculty Supervisor at Brock University suggested that this might be a good way of not only keeping in touch, but to also to expand my professional boundaries in how I access information that is current and relevant. Admittedly, when I first heard of Twitter, I thought this might mean another obligation that I will not be able to keep up with. My fear of letting other people down through lack of responses will surface yet again. After reading an article by David Perry about the uses of Twitter for Academics, however, my interest soared, my negativity dropped, and I swallowed Continue reading Does Twitter count as a Professional Learning Community?