“The deleterious effect of gradings and its offspring”

This post was last updated on March 14th, 2018 at 11:54 am

It’s that time again when we get busy calculating grades to determine the winners and the losers. I realize few if any teachers think of it that way but to many, that’s how it comes across. You can argue that it’s simply a celebration of hard work and excellence. Maybe. Maybe not.

It’s been over a year since one of my students wrote a very heartfelt post about his younger brother. The aftermath of this post was quite powerful and led to  a big change. Read the comments, a few of which aren’t very nice to get the full picture. Kyle handled himself with integrity. I continue to point to this post as a great example of the power and potential of blogging.

But the whole grading and honour roll thing continues to be problem-some, at least for me.

All my kids have been on the honour roll. For them the grades were motivating and to be honest, they didn’t really work all that hard. Sure they studied and put in the effort but I know many students who worked much harder with poorer results. School … Read the rest

EdTech Posse 6.4 “Drill Down Baby Drill”

This post was last updated on December 12th, 2011 at 03:15 pm


With some heavy, late night editing, Rob was able to get our last night's podcast posted. Nice job Rob.


Show notes:

School reform: The “Waiting for Superman” media circus

Technology issues for post-secondary faculty (informal research for Alec’s discussion with University of Regina faculty)

We can haz prizes?

Thanks to edublogs (especially Sue Waters) for sponsoring the prize for the show. Listen to the show for details on how you can win.

Creative commons music

Opening theme: Creative Commons License nervoso con las guitarras by norelpref is licensed under a Attribution Noncommercial

Closing theme:Creative Commons License (©urve) Music LatinSaint Style by LatinSaint is licensed under a Attribution Noncommercial (3.0)

Enjoy the show: 


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EdTech Posse Podcast 6.1 – No tech after 5 p.m.

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

In the Air Tonight


We’re back with our first podcast of 2010
EdTech Posse Podcast 6.1 – No tech after 5 p.m.

Mike Wesch presented at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina earlier this week. We discussed his presentations and reflected on some of the changes that might result from educators becoming aware of his work/message.





Some notes:

Prognostications for 2010:

  • Rick – reinvestment of classroom video capture (we’re not in favour of this due to it’s reinforcement of traditional classroom models)
  • Dean – advocacy/adoption of interactive whiteboards in classrooms (we have some of
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The Posse and Sir Ken Robinson

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am

4/5's of the Posse gathered at Convocation Place at the University of Saskatchewan to hear Sir Ken Robinson. You seen his TED talk right?  If not, go watch it now.

Anywho, as usual we had a great time talking, laughing, being silly and of course, as sure as I'll spill food on my clothes, Rob brings out the microphone and begins recording.

No theme, no purpose, just friends yacking. After Sir Ken, Rob and I hit a local coffee shop for the debrief.

Just because I felt like it, I've added some show notes. I haven't done that for a while. Enjoy.

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