When The Answer is Both

Should schools prepare students for college and careers or to be good citizens? When it comes to teaching Math, should we focus on procedures or problem solving? Should learning be fun or hard? Do we want students to consume content or create content? Should we be using ebooks or printed books? All of these questions and dozens more are discussed ...… Read the rest

Thank You Reclaim Hosting

I had a bit of a scare on Sunday. I got an email from Bluehost that my server had been infected and deactivated and if I did not clean it up it would be deleted in 15 days. A little technical background. I know very little about web hosting, servers, coding et al. Ten years ago, ...… Read the rest

People I’ve Never Met That You Might Follow

My friend Paul McGuire is doing a session at our upcoming Day of Discovery event in Ottawa and asked me for some people I'd recommend to follow on twitter. I was hesitant to respond because I feel it's a fairly personal choice. So rather than giving handles via twitter, I thought I'd blog about it ...… Read the rest

I Don’t Know What You Mean By “Failure”

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Among the current trends in education is a romanticized view of failure. Stop me if you've heard this before: "Embrace Failure" "FAIL First Attempt in Learning" "Failure is Essential to Learning" Shifting from an education system that prized compliance and success over questioning and failure, is an important conversation to provoke. We need to have frank discussions about the ...… Read the rest

Watershed Moments of Learning

I was chatting with someone the other day and the idea of watershed moments came up. Specifically, we reflected on watershed moments in our own learning and careers. Watershed moments are those occasions where there the lightbulb came on or something profound was shared or understood. They happen in various contexts no doubt. As I ...… Read the rest