December 5 – 9

So we’re 20 days from Christmas and I better start thinking about shopping, I’m a terrible procrastinator this time of year as I’m not a huge fan of venturing out to the stores. We had a whirlwind of a weekend, my son’s birthday party on Saturday followed by his and his sister’s piano recital on Sunday, needless to say, a lot going on.

This week is shaping up to be an amazing week of learning for us at Waldheim School, all starting on Monday with our staff meeting. We are going to listen to Jeffrey and Leah discuss the internship process as well as hearing Shantel reflect on her time here. The true power of this process lies in the questions we will have and the self-reflection we will take part in. On Tuesday Chris and I will be at our monthly administrator’s meeting and I fully expect to be engaged in several different learning conversations as is the norm. On Wednesday we are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with a familiar friend as Karen Campbell is spending a few hours with some teachers who are beginning to explore how to employ the workshop model in their math classes. Thursday and Friday will be days to reflect and begin implementing new ideas.

Speaking of learning, the following video was suggested to me by Glen, and it contains a very powerful message, whether you agree with his politics or not. As I watched this, the word that resonated with me was empower. I was forced to think about the students I’ve worked with in the past and I wonder who I have empowered and more importantly, who I let slip through the cracks. Take a look and see what you think.

Something new I’m going to try this week (and I hope a few others will try it too) is some computer programming through an initiative called The Hour of Code. The second video speaks about coding and how students around the world are taking part in this great activity. See what you think.

Here’s what lies ahead for another week:


  • Staff meeting (pm)



  • Chris & Bruce away at ALT
  • Taco in a bag sale (7-12 only)



  • Karen Campbell math workshop



  • Business as usual



  • Business as usual
  • Gym closes for concert practices



  • Sr. boys basketball home tournament


Create a great week!



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