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The Learning Cycle: Prepare, Present, Ponder

It takes real planning to organize this kind of chaos! – Mel Odum This past Friday was the kind of day that exemplified this quote. Picture 73 grade 8-12 students with gifted designations running around in groups in a very… Continue Reading →

Draft Picks: Fantasy School Edition

Some time ago, the internet-wide book club for The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros was challenged to consider what their ideal school would look like. One of the blog prompts for #IMMOOC Week 1. If you would to start a school… Continue Reading →

Inquiring minds want to know: Unpacking the question

Inquiry is a difficult skill for students to learn, but in many ways, it’s an even more difficult one for teachers to learn.  On the surface, it looks like a teacher presents a question (or even just a topic where students… Continue Reading →

I think, therefore I learn

(Crossposted to the Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary Professional Development website.)   Thinking is intricately connected to content; and for every type or act of thinking, we can discern levels or performance. – Making Thinking Visible: Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison… Continue Reading →

Challenging is in the eye of the beholder

This week’s #EdublogsClub prompt is about challenging situations, and at the end of a long weekend where I’ve spent more than fifteen hours putting together an inquiry-based project magazine on Canva, it seems an appropriate conversation to have.  It has… Continue Reading →

Party Invitations

Earlier this week, my students were meeting in their inquiry groups for the first time. We started the project a month ago, but it’s the first inquiry they’ve done with me (and, for most of them, the first inquiry they’ve… Continue Reading →

A Balancing Act: Censorship in the Senior Classroom

What is the balance between the freedom allowed to older, presumably more mature secondary school students and the requirements of appropriateness in the public school classroom? This is a question I’m struggling with right now as a teacher of a… Continue Reading →

Why can’t we have it all?

I had the privilege of having two student teachers join me to observe my Humanities 8 class this morning. It reminded me of lo those many years ago (no, I’m not going to tell you how many; suffice it to… Continue Reading →

DENapalooza: Paying it Forward

In a workshop on Digital Citizenship at today’s DENapalooza, Dean Shareski, the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada talked about the three things that make a digital citizen (and pointed out that they really aren’t that different from the aspects… Continue Reading →

I teach, therefore I am

Who I am in a large part determines how I teach. Not necessarily what I teach – a lot of that has to doing with the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education and another significant part to doing with… Continue Reading →

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