First Attempt In Learning – FAIL

One of the major “take-aways” from this year’s ECOO Conference  (#ECOO12) was the idea of needing an environment to “tinker” (John Seely Brown) where mistakes and false starts are just a learning pathway.  “FAIL” is really just “First Attempts in Learning”. We talk a lot about creating a culture of support for children/students, where risk-taking […]

Share the Road

Learning is messy.  Learning is not linear.  Learning happens everywhere. Jackie Gerstein has shared her ideas on deep learning here,  and this quick video captures the flavour of how unpredictable learning can be: Learning is Messy from James Michie on Vimeo. “Learning is about ideas.  Learning is about sharing.  Learning is about connections.” It is […]

Everybody Needs a Rock*

I collect rocks. Not on purpose. I don’t go looking for them.  But when I bend to look more closely, inevitably they end up in my pocket, or in my car. Hunting for a specific rock is a completely different experience. It’s almost stressful. For Unplug’d 2012, I needed a rock that was easy to […]

For Learning or Credit?

While working this week, I had CBC Radio One on in the background and I was thrilled to hear George Siemens being interviewed on Ontario Today (recording here) about MOOCs. As a participant in the #Change11 MOOC  (see the schedule here), I was very interested to hear what George had to say.  It is difficult to […]

Bring Yourself to Your Classroom

Back when I was involved with the Ministry of Natural Resources Critical Incident Stress Peer Support Team, I was fortunate to spend time with Dr. Martin Rappeport.  At the time, he gave me some career changing advice about teaching.  He told me to stop trying to be so many different things in the classroom, and […]

Want More Pleasure? Study More!

How do you get more pleasure in your life? According to cognitive psychologist Paul Bloom, the answer is to study more (I don’t think even Dan Pink came up with this one as a motivator!). Seriously, to appreciate and truly derive pleasure from so many things in life, you need to understand them, says Bloom […]

It’s Not Reform we Need, It’s a Revolution

Update: July 12/12: http://www.scoop.it/t/leading-learning/p/2159233406/we-need-different-not-better I will just quote Will Richardson, because I can’t think of a better way to say it! * We don’t need better assessments; we need different assessments that help us understand students as learners and constructors of their own ongoing education instead of knowers of information and narrow skills. * We […]

Learning About NOT Learning

I am excited tonight to be starting two new summer courses for my M.Ed.  Excited, because I have seen the courses and they appear to be a huge improvement over the last course I took this past spring. I just finished a course on International Leadership, which could have been and should have been inspiring […]

So Much Learning

As anxious as I am to get on my flight back to the northern shore of Lake Superior, I am happy to have a few minutes in the airport (and some free plug-ins to power up my well-used MacBook) to try to document the amazing learning I have experienced over the last few days. On […]

Working on the “Spread”

This year, our school board was involved in what we affectionately call GSIP – the Growing Success Implementation Project – with the Ontario Ministry of Education. The project, in its first stage this year, involved the implementation of the assessment cycle (learning goals – success criteria – descriptive feedback – peer and self-assessment) with selected […]