High school: the more things change
This could be any gym in any high school at this time of year: prepared for final exams with tables in a row – inspiring the fear of cheating, whispering, failing. Over the past 30 years, we have witnessed and experienced such incredible change to how we access information and communicate with each other: In […]
On gardening and understanding
When I garden I want to tear my hair out along with the weeds and grass at times because there just seems to be so much to pull to let the plants I love to breathe and shine. My first inclination could be to just pull haphazardly but I’ve noticed that if I patiently allow […]
Hope for the future. My dilemma.
My driving force has always been hope for the future. That everything I do is buttressed by this incredible hope for the future. Indeed, that everything we do in education is held up by the same. There is a lot of talk about hope lately. There has to be because some pretty hope-less events are […]
Conflict & Love & Change.
I have been thinking a lot about the role that conflict plays in making change. Change would not happen if they were no conflict. Great change happens because of conflicting opinions, of challenges, and of a questioning of principles. I believe that conflict can allow us to create beautiful things together. Margaret Heffernen calls this […]
The magic of data: but how do we get there?
Nurturing the human piece. Therein lies the magical rub. The following are some lines to reflect on from: Experts: Here’s how to turn data into achievement by Dennis Pierce “Data is about infusing classrooms with information that changes the trajectory of learning,” “…struggled to get teachers on board with using data to inform instruction. “How […]
Guidance through the shift
Watch this video and ask yourself: Do I know this teacher? Am I this teacher? And then ask: How can I guide or be guided through the shift towards improved student-learning? In the video I say that the answer is simple – just shift a la ‘just do it’ mentality but in reality the shift […]
A morning with Marc Prensky: idea bits
We had the opportunity to chat with Marc Prensky at a Quebec convention for adult educators (AQIFGA). Here are some thoughts and comments from the morning. —- “If the answer is findable on google then it’s not a good question.” Marc Prensky The idea of embedding curriculum within student interests and relevancy –> something I […]
What do you believe? And does it matter?
If you don’t know who Mary Hynes is and have never listened to (and nodded with, yelled at, cried to, and questioned) Tapestry, CBC’s weekly radio show and podcast on spirituality, myth, faith, our connections then hop to it. It is inspiring and regularly leads me to question my own beliefs. A recent article by […]
Moving out towards reform
In an age of constant reform, a teacher is constantly put in the spotlight. The way that he or she teaches is constantly in question. The teachers I know became teachers because of something from deep within – a passion, a desire to help others, to pay something back, to follow in the footsteps of […]
The Changing Face of Economics Class (and advertising)
**cross-posted at AdultEd.TracyRosen.Com** The idea of advertisement is in constant evolution. It is becoming more and more personal. Google’s ads are streamlined to reflect our search queries and sites like facebook do the same thing. Test it out. Do a search for something specific on Google. Like a particular kind of shoe or boot. Then […]