I recently returned from Mountain View, California, where I was blessed to spend three mind-blowing days at Google's headquarters participating in the Google for Education Innovation Academy. These days were jam-packed with so many takeaways that I've struggled to put it all into words. There will be more blogging to come on various lessons learned but for today, … Continue reading How Might We Make School the Best Place to Learn? (Google Innovation Academy – Part 1)
I think we all have a collection of "those moments" in our minds. The ones that remind us why we became a teacher. The ones that we can look back on to lift our spirits during the not-as-good moments. I've been busy lately. I think I've had a meeting or "extra" something everyday the past … Continue reading That Moment When
I run my Core French program using digital badges. It lets me present a wide range of learning options and then turn over my class to my students. They pick what badge they want to work towards, they work at their own pace, they collaborate or work independently, they are free to get feedback and … Continue reading Design & Issue Badges with EduQuest
I'm a big fan of putting kids at the centre of their own learning and giving them as much control as possible. By putting students in control, you can get unintended results. Sometimes students start an activity that makes me question if that activity is "school appropriate". Some things are obvious. If it's violent, negative, … Continue reading What *isn’t* learning?
Sometimes we justify the things we do in education because they prepare students for the future or the "real world". While I'm not faulting the sentiment, I often wonder if we are throwing darts while blindfolded. In particular, I often hear one of the reasons for not radically shifting education in high school is to … Continue reading Are We Preparing Students for a Future that Doesn’t Exist?
This year, my students and I have been focusing on self-regulation in the technology lounge. It is one of six learning skills on the Ontario report card, which defines it as: Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them. Seeks clarification or assistance when needed. Assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests. … Continue reading The Power of Self-Regulation
I am beyond thrilled to have been accepted to the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program. The Certified Innovator program is a 12-month professional development experience including mentorship, online learning activities, and a face-to-face Innovation Academy focused on helping new Innovators launch a transformative project. As I continue to grapple with not only changing my … Continue reading Google for Education Certified Innovator Program
Educators should collaborate. I don't think anyone would argue with that. But I'm about to "think out loud" as I write this post because the style of collaboration I see (and see expected) is not my idea of what collaboration should be. Let me first define the type of collaboration I often think is expected … Continue reading Collaboration Should Not Equal Sameness
I've been reading Will Richardson's book "Why School" recently and I've been doing a lot of reflecting about how school "should be". Two days ago, I had a class of grade four students in my room. They were busy working away when I casually asked a student sitting near me if I could ask them … Continue reading If You Were in Charge of School, What Would it Be Like?
Every morning, I listen to a radio station as I'm getting ready for work. This particular station plays a trivia game every morning. They ask a really obscure question, play a song, and then take a caller to try to guess the answer. No one ever gets the trivia questions wrong. This morning, after a … Continue reading Is Googling Cheating?