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… Continue reading Moving out towards reform

“Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers”…why?

When I first heard the news – that Line Beauchamp, Quebec’s Education Minister, is presenting a proposal during this weekend’s Liberal party caucus to cut school board funding in half – I literally high-fived my rear-view mirror. Maybe not the best thing to do while driving through the slippery roadways skirting the construction of highway… Continue reading “Planned school board cuts anger Quebec teachers”…why?

What I mean by teachers being the only real agents of school reform

This post is actually a comment in the conversation around school change over at Public School Insights – Casting Call for Teachers. It’s pretty much in the same state, maybe an extra sentence or two. I think it helps to clarify what I mean when I say “Teachers are the only real agents of school… Continue reading What I mean by teachers being the only real agents of school reform

Driving, listening, and drafting new models

I live pretty far from most things (except the corn fields, they’re close by) and when I need something I jump in my car. The other night it took 2 hours to pick up dog food… but that was a mistake (Note to self – don’t try new routes while the dogs are waiting for… Continue reading Driving, listening, and drafting new models

Sunday morning quickie re: learning & assessment

Yup, we definitely need to continue re-thinking learning and assessment. Content is cheap and easy to access. We need to be learning and assessing context and skills – how we manipulate content to create new contexts. Top News – High-tech cheating? Students see it differently. Thanks to @scottmcleod for this link.

Language Laws in Quebec’s Schools…time for a critical overhaul.

Student Ordered Out of English School from the Montreal Gazette. Imagine knowing you have to send your child to school in a language that isn’t his mother tongue. Despite the fact that such a school is available. Despite the fact that part of the boy’s family, albeit extended, can legally attend the school. Despite the… Continue reading Language Laws in Quebec’s Schools…time for a critical overhaul.