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What is the Driving Force?

What is the Driving Force?

Curriculum, data, marks, feedback or the learning process? I am a firm believer in PBL – Problem or Project Based Learning. It’s a beautiful world down in kindergarten. Students full of joy, full of curiosity. And then it fades. We have conducted a gazillion surveys to students that all say the same – I begin […]

There Is No Room For Ego in School #leadership #lkdsb

There Is No Room For Ego in School #leadership #lkdsb

I read a short article this weekend about the possibility of schools letting teachers operate the direction based on consensus of staff. Not just about classroom decisions, but budgets and even hiring. It’s a unique idea and there is a video here from PBS: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/09/what-if-teachers-were-charged-with-setting-school-direction/ I thought about this for a while this weekend. Although […]

Clipkwik

Are you an educator? Are you a student? Are you constantly on the look for an engaging video to reassure a concept with your students? Are you a student looking for a video clip to help your studies? Using this service, you can search once and get results from multiple sources like teachertube, schooltube, howcast […]

Stop Coding Just to Code

Stop Coding Just to Code

First of all – I don’t much care for the term “coding”, especially when it comes to linking blocks on a tablet so I am going to use the term loosely here and in quotes. There is a ton of critical thinking and problem solving but is it really “coding”? Nothing gets compiled. I suppose […]

Dear Graduates…

Before we say goodbye forever, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that I could be your teacher this year and last. I hope you know how much happiness you bring into my life and how much I genuinely enjoy interacting with you. I can’t tell you how many days I […]

Its Not About The Technology

Here we are. 2014. Fourteen years into the 21st century yet I keep reading about “21st century teaching practices” as if they are new. I’m growing tired of the countless lists of things/tools/ways to teach in this 21st century. It is not about the technology. It is not about the iPad. It is not about […]

The Importance of School Culture

The Importance of School Culture

Remember Fight Club? Remember the rules of Fight Club? The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club We don’t really have a school wide set of rules. This can be problematic for some staff who need the boundaries made clear, but students don’t seem to mind. They have taken […]

A Reflection of TEDxCK

A Reflection of TEDxCK

TEDxCK was a huge success. There were an overwhelming amount of ideas and inspiration shared by community members from all industries. I was even introduced to a group of developers who are working on a Maker Movement right here in Chatham. There were singers, comedians, doctors, authors, start-up people, and of course people from LKDSB. […]

Are You Attending @edcampSWO ?

Are You Attending @edcampSWO ?

Are you attending EdCampSWO on April 12, 2014? EdCamp South Western Ontario wants you to come and ask questions, offer resolutions and learn! Check out this video from edcampToronto. In a nutshell EdcampSWO is an ‘unconference‘. Do you like sharing ideas with other educators? Do you enjoy talking about the latest trends in education? Then […]