2014: My Year in Numbers

Jan 03

Pretty basic stuff here. I simply copied the keynote template I used for last year, changed the data, replaced the images, tweaked a few builds, exported it to imovie, added some music, published to youtube and voila. Having all this data and doing nothing with it seems a bit pointless. Not that anything gets over analyzed but it’s another means of reflection....

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2014 Year in Photos/Videos

Dec 31

It’s just another story caught up In another photograph I found. And it seems like another person lived that life A great many years ago from now, When I look back on my ordinary, ordinary life, I see so much magic, though I missed it at the time. Welcome to year 7 of my annual year in photos montage. In case you missed it, here are the previous...

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Future Ready is Overrated

Dec 19

Future Ready is Overrated

Updated: (added this wonderful video thanks to Maria Galanis) “Future Ready” is a theme I’m hearing more and more in our schools. The idea that schools is about preparing for the future and getting kids ready for adulthood. It’s important stuff and certainly schools need to be in this business. And yet…. Mindfulness has been and...

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The Problem with Exemplars

Dec 03

The Problem with Exemplars

Years ago while working on new curriculum, I spent a great deal of time with colleagues collecting and identifying exemplary work. Usually attached to rubric, these artifacts were intended to showcase the highest quality of work and present students with something to aim for. We often would reference these with students to the point where these became more than...

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Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

Nov 26

Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

Cross posted on The DEN blogs It’s been a great privilege of mine to organize and host several evenings across Canada called “Ignite Your Passion for Discovery”. These evenings are held in a local watering hole and feature passionate educators from the Discovery Educator Network and beyond sharing a story of passion be it in their professional or...

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When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

Nov 06

When Data and Numbers Ruin the Game

My favorite shot in golf is hitting a long iron on the green. For most golfers, even pros, hitting the ball on the green from over 200 yards is a difficult shot. When you pull it off there’s a great feeling of satisfaction. I was playing by myself a few weeks back on a lovely golf course and came upon a long par 3 measuring 170 yards from the tees I was...

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Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

Oct 28

Smart People I Know Everywhere: Episode 1

I had an idea on a flight today. Listen Now  Smart People I Know presentation My other podcasts Now add your questions or ideas....

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