Category: Reflections

Grades Aren’t Helping Anyone, Anymore

Work hard + good school grades = university degree = good job = good life This long-held cultural belief is starting to unravel at the seams. Why? Countless Millenials have completed the first half of the equation, but the second half doesn’t compute. Many end up with a boatload of debt, living in their parent’s basements if they’re lucky. This generation…

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Book Review: Syllabus

This book is a creative, funny, and beautiful notebook/memoir in which author and cartoonist Lynda Barry reflects on her time teaching college students to keep a composition notebook: a place to practice a physical activity – in this case writing and drawing by hand – with a certain state of mind. This practice can result in what…

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Breakout!

At a semi-recent PD day, I got the chance to try a Breakout Room scenario thanks to Tara McLauchlan. In a Breakout Room (or escape room), participants are immersed in a narrative that takes place in a single room and requires their escape. Escape is typically achieved by opening a heavily locked box. Elements have been placed about the…

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Mystery Skype Experiment

I’ll try making this a quick one. My classes and I participated in the Microsoft Education Skype-a-thon by doing two “Mystery Skypes”. Mystery Skype is basically a global “Marco Polo” guessing game. Two teachers from anywhere in the world connect on the Skype-a-thon website. Each teacher knows where the other is located; their students, however, do not. The…

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Compliance vs Learning

Once upon a time, I had a discussion with a colleague about how teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. We seemed to agree that if a teacher wants to fully harness the power of students in the classroom, they must be willing to adhere to a teaching style that promotes “higher-level thinking” or “deep learning” (hereafter referred to as just…

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A Great Success

*Disclaimer* I’ll keep this post a concise as possible. I’ve been meaning to blog more, post more, share more; but I find that I get caught up in wanting to make grandiose, well-polished posts. I’ll try to just say what I mean and hash the discrepancies in the comments should the need arise. The Classroom Story. So…

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