Monthly Archives: July 2013

What I don’t blog about

I mentioned in my last post that I’m currently taking a summer university course.  This is the last course before I’m done my PBDE, which is a 30 credit hour diploma for practicing educators (PBDE stands for Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in … Continue reading

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The curse of too many choices

My summer university course starts tomorrow, and instead of enjoying my last day of relaxation before a very intense three weeks, what am I doing?  Working on my grade 10 English course.  I can basically shape this course into whatever … Continue reading

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Welcome video

I wanted a new way to go over the usually boring “course expectations” with students on day 1 of classes… it needs to be done, but reading through a paper document wasn’t terribly interesting (for them or me). I wanted … Continue reading

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I thought I knew PowerPoint…

I’ve been playing with the idea of putting together a short video to present class expectations to students… y’know, the “attend class, hand in assignments, ask questions, be nice to each other” ground rules.  I want to do something that’s … Continue reading

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Curiosity, trust, risk, and schools

Will Richardson has a very thought-provoking post up where he asks“Does Your School Have a Culture of Curiosity and Trust?”  He speculates that “Schools are by and large incurious and risk averse.”.   He suggests that “We incrementally, safely try to … Continue reading

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The challenge of grading groupwork

I was spending a leisurely early afternoon drinking coffee and catching up on some of the blogs I follow, when I happened across this post by Kelly Christopherson.  He was thinking about something I often ponder… how to “do” collaborative … Continue reading

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Canadian students get a “high-quality education” – Conference Board of Canada

It seems to me that bad news tends to spread more quickly and widely than good news… “things are going fairly well” doesn’t make a great headline.  This is a basic reality of our media-saturated society, I guess.  So it … Continue reading

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