And these paintings are not landscape paintings. Because there aren’t any landscapes up there, not in the old, tidy European sense, with a gentle hill, a curving river, a cottage, a mountain in the background, a golden evening sky. Instead there’s a tangle, a receding maze, in which you can become lost almost as soon […]Read more "Keeping up with the TALONS"
Time and again I have confirmed my assumptions that asking kindly generally grants one access to opportunities normally beyond their reach. Stating my intentions clearly, and declaring myself a passionate and self-directed person, I have found repeatedly that people are willing to help out if the request is framed appropriately. An example: A few years […]Read more "Access and Interviews (a story & some tips)"
In an effort to more fully implement the philosophy of our two-year gifted program (grade nine & ten) and its discovery-based interdisciplinary appraoch to study, I began thinking – months ago, even – about ways to integrate Personal Learning Networks and social media into the English and Socials curriculum. With a history textbook that is more than […]Read more "A New Blogging Year"
I’ve known Dave Truss for all of a few months. After sitting in his proximity at one of Alan November‘s presentations at a District Pro-D Event, I began to enter the world of RSS feeds, Twitter, and other avenues of the Web 2.0 world, discussing ideas and articles I was finding alongside a few colleagues […]Read more "Dave Truss Introduces the PODs at BLC09"
I spent the better part of last week in the woods. With my teaching partner and our 27 students – one left behind to combat continued health issues – and my youngest sister in tow, we left school just after 6:30 Thursday morning and made our way with the help of assorted parent-drivers and a U-Haul to the […]Read more "Oudoor Networks"
A highlight of Alec Couros’ massive resource of 80+ Videos for Tech. & Media Literacy. < p style=”text-align: center;”>Read more "The Networked Student"
I teach a two-year gifted program which covers the curriculums of English 9, 10 and 11* (if there are capabable learners), Social Studies 9 and 10 1, Math 9, 10 & 11* (again, with the proper students), Science 9 and 10, as well as ministry-mandated Career and Personal Planning, and extra-elective Leadership 11 2. I have […]Read more "Networked Teaching: A First Installment"
“Certainly there are many models of spaces where kids can learn. From museums to home schooling situations, there are many models that are possible. But when it comes to the formal learning space, I’m starting to think that we are spending huge amounts of energy and dollars in the wrong place. We pump millions of […]Read more "Everyday Pro-D vs. Pro-D Every Day"
The great challenge of the new age of information, where the “total amount of digital information will double every eleven hours,” will be that of sifting through waves of minutia to locate and be in touch with what is relevant to each individual. This affects not only our classrooms — in that web-literacy will enable students […]Read more "Building a Personal Learning Network"