Monthly Archives: October 2013

I broke my vow

Shoot!  I broke my vow of optimism today. We are trying our darndest to try and change education.  We face a lot of challenges everyday. Today, I let myself get disappointed.  Then frustrated.  Then negative.  Then complainy.  I seriously dislike … Continue reading

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ILE (Innovative Learning Environment)

Just made that up – ILE.  There is a certain officiousness about acronyms. Here is an ILE that we went to today: Saturna Ecological Education Centre. A very amazing place and program led by Steve Dunsmuir. PSII founder Jeff Hopkins … Continue reading

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Can it be done?

Can this be done in the old school: Figure out that a student needs to set up a computer network (Computer Information Systems 11).  Ask the other computer geeks (me included), er, I mean students if they want in.  Yes. … Continue reading

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The ideal

The ideal is inquiry. At the start, I thought all the students would be on the same page and we just begin doing deep, robust, interdisciplinary learning right out of the gates.  Nope. I was not prepared to have to … Continue reading

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Turning the corner

Some days it feels like we are really making progress.  We still have some structures to put in place and we still need to convince the students to use a lot of that structure, but it is definitely coming around. … Continue reading

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Is it necessary?

Do we need mandated, content heavy, learning outcomes?  There is so much politically charged, heated debate around it. Today, I was confronted with it again as we got inspected from the Ministry.  How do I know that students are meeting … Continue reading

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Creating curriculum on the fly (Emergence)

This is what learning really is.  It is not canned.  It is not handed down from high above.  It is co-created with passion and excitement. For example, we have begun story boarding our fight scene.  I have ideas.  Students have … Continue reading

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