Why Teachers Aren’t Making “The Shifts”

Sep 16

Why Teachers Aren’t Making “The Shifts”

I’ve began a few talks with this slide and I think it serves to spark the conversation about change. It’s been a little while since Will has pushed my thinking as he did this week with his post called “My Summer of Confusion“. While he shares many concerns and questions it was this  paragraph that prompted a response from me: I’m also...

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Connected From The Start

Apr 10

Connected From The Start

It’s my pleasure to announce the publishing of Kathy Cassidy’s new book about primary learners. Kathy is a long time friend and colleague who I’ve long admired and watched her own growth as a connected learner and teacher. I was privileged to be ask to write the foreword which I’ll share here: In my personal journey with technology, there are...

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I.S.S. The Collaborative Lip Dub

Apr 09

I love this song. I love what Commander Hadfield has been doing as part of his mission. He’s done an outstanding job in bringing us into the world of space travel and along the way reminding us what a wonderful world we live in. I love lip dubs. I’ve been part of making a few. While they’ve been around for a while I think they represent the power...

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I have the best job

Mar 14

I have the best job

Cross posted on The DEN blogs The other day I was in the middle one of my regular google hangouts with my teammates and my wife happened to be home over hearing the conversation. “I hate you”, she said in jest. “All your calls include lots of laughing, lots of encouragement and a bunch of new cool things you’re doing.” Yeah, that pretty...

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It Takes All Kinds: Collaboration

Feb 15

It Takes All Kinds: Collaboration

This is the second in a four part series. Part one is here. This idea has been rummaging around is based on the ideas Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.  There are many aspects of this book worth discussing but the one that I think is most interesting for our classrooms is the way we deal with and...

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A Simple but Brilliant Idea

Feb 06

Jared Heidinger is a Science teacher from Lethbridge Alberta. I followed Jared on twitter but he gained my attention when a few months ago I asked if any high school teachers think about joy in their classrooms. Jared humbly offered an idea he uses with his students. Teaching high level science courses in Alberta means his students are subject to provincial testing...

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