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 […]

Punk Learning

Punk Learning

I love this term. It was first coined by Tait Coles (@TotallyWired77) in 2011. Punk Learning means many different things to different people. To me, I can summarize it with one statement – Put the kids first. Don’t let data drive your instruction. Don’t let policies you disagree with interfere with your student’s learning. Don’t […]

Createrria - Craft Your Games

Createrria – Craft Your Games

I was put onto this app by a few students in my classroom. Another great example of accountability. They are able to tell me the ‘why we need it’. Taken from the apple site: “Createrria turns making games into a game itself! Become famous Game Designer and create games you always wanted to play! Want […]

#rcac13 – A Humbling Experience

#rcac13 was a great experience – to say the least. I had the opportunity to meet people from my online PLN in the ‘real world’ for the first time. People I admire from afar. After my session – I had a conversation with Rodd Lucier (@thecleversheep) about buzzwords in education – specifically the latest ‘flipped […]