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More Time… February 8, 2011

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This post has been inspired by questions generated from my last post Time Is Flying.   Although the questions varied in form and delivery the general notion was that people wondered how I had the time to Blog while working in a school the size of Burnaby South, especially at this busy time of year.  My answers were like the questions, they varied in form and delivery yet they carried the same notion…I make the time.

Now, I have to admit I have not found a time machine, nor have any or our students developed a way to make time as part of an Independent Directed Studies course.  Simply put, I choose to carve a bit of time out of my schedule to write my thoughts down and share them.  Over the course of the year I have intended to make weekly posts.  Some weeks I have been successful and others I have fallen in the “Not Meeting Expectations” category of my personal rubric.   It has been a balance that has kept me inspired to write more frequently, while acknowledging that the school doors will open and close regardless of the frequency that  I post.

The more I thought about the question the more I wanted to research what others in my Personal Learning Network had to say about “Time”.   I have written before about staying connected with other educators through social media so I started with those connections.  I found that the thoughts varied from those who had their own questions about time, to those that believe when something is important to them they carve out, or make, the time.

Although I feel that my thoughts have been shaped by a combination of my own practice and the influence of those with whomI work, I feel the need to acknowledge the influence of the work of a few bloggers which I try to read at least once a week, if not more.

– Chris Kennedy’s Culture of Yes

– George Couros’ Principal of Change

– Chris Lehmann’s Practical Theory

I know that Chris has written about time and I have to admit that I have not developed a system like he has to manage his time, but it is something I would like to work towards!

Although there are a number of Blogs that I check in on regularly, I find myself returning to the 3 above the most regularly.  I am not here to suggest that you follow these 3 educators but rather I recommend that you check out those who Blog about things that interest you.  In my experience, other peoples’ thoughts help us to reflect and develop our own ideas further.  That process, to me, is worth all the time in the world.

Mr. Tyler

Time is Flying February 1, 2011

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Today marked the official half-way point of the year.  I was surprised this morning when I realized that time has moved so quickly.  Over the coming weeks we will be completing course selection.  The grade 12 students will begin their Grad Transitions interviews and our students will have several opportunities to put their school spirit on display as our basketball teams enter the playoffs.

With our Fine Arts Night recently completed many of the students whose work was showcased in January are now in the final stretch of preparing for the production of Little Shop of Horrors – to be performed in the MJF Theatre this spring.

The Music and Business departments are combining to take students to New York over Spring Break meanwhile Student Government is taking time out of their RebelFest preparations to organize a Silent Auction Fundraiser for the Sister School.

Grad activities are starting (note to parents official activities are posted on the school’s website!).

The list above is just a brief snapshot of some of the great things that have been happening and continue to happen with our school.  I know I speak for all of the Administrators when I say how proud we are of our community for all of the phenomenal things that are happening both curricular and extra-curricular.

The 2nd half of the school year promises to bring a great deal of excitement.  It’s a fantastic time to be at Burnaby South.