Take a moment and think a bit about your childhood. What did you learn from your parents, extended family or friends and what did you learn at school? More importantly, how did the two learning environments overlap, developing consistency and clear expectations? I remember my parents (and grandparents) teaching me a wide variety of skills… Continue reading The Decline of ‘Parenting’ and its Impact on Education
Thursday, June 7th is election day in Ontario. VOTE! Be a role model for youth who can’t!
Think about your own experience as a student. What do you remember? More importantly, WHO do you remember? My guess is that like me, it isn’t the teacher who had the best lessons, delivered the most curriculum, returned marking promptly, followed all the administrative and ministry rules or had the most organized classroom. To kids, none of this stuff matters, at least it didn’t to me.
I recently attended the OCEdiscovery conference in Toronto, Ontario where I had the opportunity to attend as part of a Ministry of Education delegation. This amazing conference brings together various aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ontario. My job was to observe, and collaborate with colleagues from across the province, then report back to my school district about… Continue reading The Future is Here: AI Robotics; Data Mining and Analysis; Complex, Collaborative Problem Solving
If you regularly read @teacherevolution.me, you know that I’m all about student feedback. In my classroom, students share in decisions about content, assignments, organization, agenda etc. I’ve learned that to be a great teacher, I have to be a great listener – and that I have to cultivate and honour the student voice in my… Continue reading OSSLT Student Feedback: What we can DO to Improve Their Experience and Scores
Although Ontario schools are supposed to be ‘secular’ environments, it seems that ‘secular’ only applies to certain religions, and allows others to hold religious ceremonies in public schools.
I’m swamped at work. So busy, in fact that I haven’t blogged in nearly a month, but somehow by the grace of God I’ve found 25 minutes to sit and write. My class agendas currently also feel this type of pressure. I’m teaching multiple grade 10 English courses, so we are ramping up towards the… Continue reading The Importance of Teachable Moments