• Powerful Songwriting & Storytelling Project

Powerful Songwriting & Storytelling Project


C’est Notre Histoire Ecouter Notre Historie (This is Our Story, Listen to Our Story) I just finished a powerful songwriting and storytelling project with a French Immersion school that I’m very excited to tell you about. I think it might inspire many of you teachers and administrators who would like to do something similar in […]

How to Create a Space to Try Something New


Training For Teachers Helping Students Take The First Step Why We Desperately Need To Create A Safe Place Jerry Seinfeld told a joke a few years ago about a study that said people’s number one fear was speaking in public. Number two was dying. His punch line was that at a funeral, more people would […]

How Slam Poetry Can Set Your Students Free


A Game-Changing Moment For Young Writers As a student I hated report cards. It wasn’t the mediocre grades that bothered me; it was the effect the teacher’s comments would always have on my parents. “Easily distracted” “disruptive in class” “passes too many notes” “preoccupied by narcissistic illusions of grandeur” haha…OK I admit, I made that last one […]

Watch Students Discover The Power of Their Words


Film making School Project – The Art of Telling a Great Story A few months ago, a simple little idea snowballed into an awesome film making project in school. The whole production was such a success, I wanted to share it with you and explain how we did in case you’d like to use it […]

New Zealand (A Mind Blowing Family Adventure)


Mental Pilgrimagery & Exploding Hand Gestures We’d only been in the country for an hour and already New Zealand was a mind-blowing family adventure. “I’m going on a mental pilgrimage now. I’ll talk to you all later,” Our 19-year-old son Zion lobbed this lofty pronouncement from the backseat, as he organized his earphones and dubstep […]

Celebrating Indigenous Creativity & Culture


  ONYAT’A:KA Celebrating Student’s Creativity & Traditional Indigenous Culture This week 100 students from Standing Stone School, at Oneida Nation of the Thames, wrote and recorded original songs, 25 participated in filmmaking and another 20 in slam poetry. It was a celebration of Oneida creativity and indigenous culture. On Friday afternoon just before the end […]

The Buddy Bench Finds its Groove

No Buddy Gets Left Behind With This Anti Bullying Project The Buddy Bench has become a force to be reckoned on school playgrounds around the world. The idea is simple enough. There is a special bench on the playground. If someone is being bullied or left out and has no one to play with, they […]

Risks & Rewards of Slam Poetry


Haida Gwaii Literacy Coucil Invests in High School Slam Poets The Literacy Council of Haida Gwaii brought me to the community for a week of creative literacy projects, hosting slam poetry and songwriting workshops and presentations. It’s been rewarding, though not without a tremendous amount of creative effort. I’m very thankful for the relationships in this […]

Change Your Words Change the World


Change Your Words You Can Change The World! I spent four days in École Central Elementary School working with all 360 students to produce this multi media creative literacy project called, Change The World/Change le Monde. Since posting this video online, it has been viewed 9.9K times and was featured on CJDC TV news.  Words like ‘madhouse’ […]

Everything You Need To Know About Slam Poetry

Can You Hear The Sound of Students Finding Their Voice? “I need your help for this next one” I say, staring into the eyes of every student not looking down at their phone. “When I put my hand up in the air I need you to yell, ‘What If?’” I say, striding across the front […]

How To Travel The World When You Can’t Afford It

World Travel on a Budget

Two Kinds of Travellers – Which One Are You? In my experience there are two kinds of travellers. Some have money and no time. These are the travellers who typically book all-inclusive resorts and cruises, where they can just pay a bill and have everything worked out for them. Other travellers have time and no […]

SETS’ANI Be A Friend

Be a Friend

Chief Sunrise Education Centre, Northwest Territories I spent a week with students from K’atl’odeeche First Nation at Chief Sunrise School producing an anti bullying multi media project. When we got together on Monday morning, all we had was a name, ‘SETS’ANI…the Slavey word that means, ‘be a friend.’ By the end of the week, we’d […]