Things I Was Never Told

Jun 08

Having spent the last 7 years teaching pre-service teachers and working with districts and schools across Canada it’s easy to see a disconnect with new teachers and the environments they are entering. In times of fairly significant change and disruption to varying degrees, the role of hiring and finding great teachers is much more important than ever before. At...

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On Motivation and Engagement

Jun 05

On Motivation and Engagement

File this one under “thinking out loud” or “I need help” It’s no secret to readers, friends and my students that I have a thing with grading. Take your pick of posts and you’ll get the idea: Student Achievement is Not the Same as Learning More Than a Score The Deleterious Effect of Grading and its Offsprings I Don’t Give a...

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Mapping the Internet

May 12

Mapping the Internet

If you’ve not aware of the work of David White and his Visitor vs. Resident idea, you should. It began as a response to Marc Prensky’s Digital Native/Digital Immigrant concept. I actually first discovered this back in 2008 but White has updated his thoughts to reflect the increase in social media the last 6 years. Here, just watch this. Beyond this basic...

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Who Owns the Data?

Apr 21

Who Owns the Data?

Any working in a district or school talking about “data driven decision making?” I see that hand. Data has been a big word for a long time. I have a natural knee jerk reaction reaction to the word for two reasons. 1. In many cases, the data that is being used in schools is often superficial, low level test scores. Not always but in an effort to have lots...

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The Thing that Bugs Me

Mar 15

The Thing that Bugs Me

The most challenging aspect of teaching for me is understanding my role and responsibility for student learning. Teaching undergrads, many who are in their 4th year and preparing to enter the teaching field is mostly very exciting. I generally am thrilled to be able to introduce my students to so many new ideas and people that I believe will empower them as they get...

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If You Hate Doing Assessment, You’re Doing it Wrong

Apr 27

If You Hate Doing Assessment, You’re Doing it Wrong

For many teachers, grading and assessment are the duties of teaching most would rather avoid. I get it. For many these things get it the way of learning in that they are contrived , mandated, artificial and time consuming. My personal evolution with assessment is well documented here but as I continue to tweak my workflow and process have to come see this has a...

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