Future Ready is Overrated

Dec 19

Future Ready is Overrated

“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 continues to be something I try to practice and live daily. The stress...

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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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Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

Oct 26

Is “Hard” The Goal of Good Learning?

I often ask people what they believe about learning. I suggest many people view learning and schools synonymously which while they aren’t, I think many schools inadvertently send a message that ┬álearning is like Buckley’s cough syrup: “It tastes awful but it works.” Learning isn’t supposed to be easy. Or is it? As I explore the way we...

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Reflection Trumps Connection

Oct 07

Reflection Trumps Connection

This month is Connected Educator month. That’s a good thing. I think we need to continue to support the notion that teachers need each other. We now have a myriad of ways to stay in touch with the brightest and best around the world. We can form groups as easily as a click of the mouse. In one might be considered the most challenging time to be an educator, we...

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