Blog Dipstick …. Creating a dialogue

Contrary to what some of my closest friends may think, the title is not implying that I am a “dipstick”, but rather that I am attempting to conduct a litmus test (dipsticking) on how this particular blog is being received.

As you know, the process of planning and writing for an intended audience is quite difficult, but imagine writing for a space that is essentially void of feedback .   That is what writing a blog post can be like, especially when there have been no comments, questions, observations, opinions, etc. posted.  This week I am going to attempt to create dialogue within the One91 blog.

Prior to that I want to share some interesting stats from this blog.

* Since the first post about 2 weeks ago, the One91 blog has been viewed 181 times.  Not necessarily read, but opened and viewed.

* Interesting the blog has been viewed 171 times in Canada, 8 times in the US, and once in both Italy and Bangladesh (2 international friends looking for a solution to Insomnia!)

*To date there have been no comments and thus the attempt today to create dialogue.

Ok….so the challenge this week is for anyone who stumbles across this blog, to post a quick ‘hello’ (not optional) and a thought (optional) in the comments section.

As we all know, governments and public policy groups around the world are examining public education and looking for ways to ensure that it is both relevant and engaging to today’s student  (Sir Ken Video….essential viewing if you have not seen it.)  So your question should you choose to participate beyond a HELLO….

What are the essential skills that every BC graduate should have given what you know of the changing world?   You are invited and encouraged to post your thoughts on this question into this space.

Although I anticipate that the majority of posts will be from educators, parents and hopefully students within SD 91, I would encourage our other Canadian, US, and international friends to at least post a ‘Hello’, both because a greeting is appreciated but also to demonstrate to students how quickly we can use technology to network with others around the world.  Of course we would also welcome an international perspective on this question.

Pictures from this week include a shot of where I spent Sunday on a gorgeous September weekend and a great picture of Carly and Taylor who also travelled to China this previous summer.

Hope that you all have a great week!


  1. Graduated and raised children who graduated in SD91. Two generations taught exclusively in the district. No complaints.

    Education in general: Need much greater focus on teamwork, leadership and conflict resolution skills. Ability or lack thereof in these skills can make or break a career, no matter how bright, intelligent or knowledgable an employee is.

    • Thank you for the observations. Agreed that those three skills are essential for graduates and looking for examples or suggestions of how we integrate them into the day to day work of schools.

  2. Hi!

    Our youth need to have the ability to be critical thinkers and understand the big picture. The world is not such a “big” place anymore and we need to think global mobility

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