Let’s Talk … (I’m Back)

It’s January 25th 2017, #BellLetsTalk day.

So – let’s talk.

It’s been almost three years since I blogged regularly (weekly). Those of you who know me well, will know why my blogging came to an almost complete stop. Without going into details, I will simply say this: I felt bullied. Bullied over some of my blog posts. Bullied to stop blogging. Bullied to the point of almost deleting this entire blog site. But I didn’t.

In the interests of this day that encourages talking about mental health, I am continuing with regular blog posts. Blogging grew my already existing passions of mathematics and leadership. Blogging helped my mental health. So this blog will become active again. Beginning with this post – tonight.

This time – I won’t allow any and all comments. Comments will be curated. Positive, productive comments will be approved. Those that do not fit that category will be denied. My decision – my blog.

The reasons for this blog, and my philosophy, remain the same:
What does it mean to educate? to be educated? to teach? to learn?
This is a space for personal reflection on the answers to those questions, within the world of social media. I invite comments as I explore my thoughts in the online realm.

My Philosophy? Summed up, it’s this:
Education is, and should be, joy-filled. The joy of learning, of teaching, of interacting with young learners, of interacting with adult learners – staff and students.

Joyful. Joy-filled. Joyous.

This will be a *safe space* for my reflections. I welcome all who wish to engage both positively and productively.

Continuing my journey of joy,

Tanis

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Professional Growth – Reflections 2014

This is my second year of posting my end of year professional growth reflections on my blog (last year’s post is here), and my 14th year of using four categories to frame my thinking:
1. character;
2. community;
3. creativity;
4. competence.

I have completed 1 1/2 years as mathematics consultant for my school district, and I have found the relationships with teachers, administrators, and students to again be the most significant in influencing my growth in all four areas. Conversations are the lifeblood of education, and it is this qualitative data that consistently pushes me to strive to become better.

Though last year I spent a good deal of time reflecting through words, this year I find my reflections gravitating towards four key people – and four key quotes from those people. It is these quotes that I will share as my year-end reflection, as I contemplate beginning the new year as principal of Oakenwald School.

Character:
gandhi

Community:
maya

Creativity:
pink

Competence:
antoine

Wishing you all a reflective, relaxing, and rejuvenating summer.

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