A back-to-school like no other

On Thursday morning, someone from CBC News contacted me for a live interview later that afternoon. It was to talk about back-to-school in Quebec and concerns from a teaching perspective. It ended up being cancelled, I think Rob Ford bumped me on Thursday and something else did on Friday. These things happen. Before they cancelled,… Continue reading A back-to-school like no other

Student Grades…Who’s Responsible?

Image licensed from CagleCartoons.com copyright Daryl Cagle, All Rights Reserved. I’ve been seeing this image more and more lately, each time I smirk, shake my head. It provokes a number of thoughts: beginning with, defensively…. Why is it ok to yell at teachers? Why blame the teacher for a student’s failure? How/when did this accountability… Continue reading Student Grades…Who’s Responsible?

Why do the very best teachers ignore/subvert curriculum?

Yesterday I posted a tweet. Today I’m going to comment on it. Sometimes it takes me a while to process my thoughts. The very best teachers spend every day of their lives ignoring or subverting the curriculum Now, why is this? Why would people, including myself, think that the best teachers are the ones who… Continue reading Why do the very best teachers ignore/subvert curriculum?

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