Re-Post: Yelling Upstairs by Seth Godin

Following, is a great reminder that engaging in conversation is always the most effective option.

When you’re cooking breakfast and the school bus is coming in just a few minutes, it’s tempting (and apparently efficient) to yell up the stairs. If a recalcitrant teenager is hesitating before heading off to school (I know, sometimes it happens), go ahead and yell.

Good luck with that.

The alternative is to turn off the stove and walk up the stairs. Catch your breath, then have a quiet conversation.

Not efficient, but effective.

This is an almost universal metaphor. We keep finding ways to rationalize various versions of yelling upstairs instead of doing the difficult work of engaging instead.

Remembrance Day

Graphic from the Vimy 100 website

How lucky are we to work with such amazing students! Today we hosted two Remembrance Day services led by Student Council co-presidents, Lani Ens and Flora Russell. The services featured music by the senior band, poems, and a reflection on a memorable visit to Vimy Ridge by grade 11 student Destiny Dyck. We are so proud of our students. During our two services, the students were respectful and attentive. Thanks to our parent community for raising great kids! Thanks to the GVC Student Council and teacher advisers, Mark Wilson, Tom Friesen, and Morgan Mullin, band teacher Melissa Hodge, special guests, and everyone else who helped out.

How Canada became an education superpower

Reposted from the BBC

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Canada has climbed into the top tier of education rankings

When there are debates about the world’s top performing education systems, the names that usually get mentioned are the Asian powerhouses such as Singapore and South Korea or the Nordic know-alls, such as Finland or Norway.

But with much less recognition, Canada has climbed into the top tier of international rankings. In the most recent round of international Pisa tests, Canada was one of a handful of countries to appear in the top 10 for maths, science and reading. The tests, run by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), are a major study of educational performance and show Canada’s teenagers as among the best educated in the world. They are far ahead of geographical neighbours such as the US and European countries with strong cultural ties like the UK and France. At university level, Canada has the world’s highest proportion of working-age adults who have been through higher education – 55% compared with an average in OECD countries of 35%.

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White-space Project

In music, a “rest” is the silence between notes used to make the music more dynamic and interesting. In layout design, white-space is an effective tool that can be utilized to make text more readable. At GVC we are wanting to focus on work that will result in the achievement of our Purpose, but before adding new initiatives, we need to eliminate some current practices to create “white-space.”

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We all crave relationships and belonging. The 1980’s TV show Cheers was all about belonging. The lyrics to the opening song feature the chorus:

Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they’re always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name.


Click the link if you want to listen to the song while reading the remainder of this post.

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GVC Core Values

For the past few months, the staff of GVC has been working at identifying our core values. As we worked at capturing our beliefs in writing, our desire was to identify values that are already embedded in our culture. That being said, our values clearly include aspirational aspects. For example, we are always working to improve students’ sense of “belonging” and creating “deep learning” for our students is a journey not a destination.

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