January 2016

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The Importance of Conversation

The Importance of Conversation

  When considering assessment and evaluation, it is important that any culminating activities accurately match the delivery of previous lessons. This week I wrote about Mathland, a place described by Seymour Papert in which students are immersed in mathematics. They construct their own knowledge of mathematics with tangible options and computer coding. Papert was a firm […]

Mathland

Mathland

I’ve been reading more and more about Seymour Papert as I continue my research on computational thinking. I’d like to highlight a body of work from one of his books. In Mindstorms, Papert continues to make good evidence of a constructivist approach to learning. Constructivism is basically a theory — based on observation and scientific study […]

What is Computational Thinking? #CTMindset

What is Computational Thinking? #CTMindset

I am growing a little tired of the coding narrative. Suggesting everyone should code seems quite trivial without any fundamental research as to why we should all be doing that and leaves me feeling offended. Whoa, what? Brian just said “not everyone should code.” No, I didn’t. I’m suggesting that we look beyond coding. Coding […]

Regrets of a First Year Teacher

Regrets of a First Year Teacher

  I must make a confession as this has been bothering me for quite some time. It has been a reoccurring thought on my morning commute to school over the last few months. When I landed my first LTO (long term occasional) job back in 2007 I was ecstatic. It was a grade 5 position, and […]

Support @edmettle on @kickstarter

Support @edmettle on @kickstarter

  Happy birthday, edmettle! Support the project on Kickstarter!   A little over a year ago I began working on this project as a way to improve vocabulary in young students, as well as have students of all ages recognize each other when demonstrating skills positively. Mettle (noun) – a person’s ability to cope well with […]