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 […]

Take Care

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ”  ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture For many years, I was an online secondary school teacher. At one point, I was teaching 130 students 8 different courses – and I was writing some of […]

Hope

“Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” I can see it as clearly as if it were yesterday – the poster on the bulletin board of my Grade 13 Physics class. It was a joke, of course.  My physics teacher had – still has –  a great sense of humour. But it makes me ask […]

When the Principal is a Bully

*Please note that due to the personal nature of many of the responses to this post, I am no longer approving further comments.  This post has had a large number of visceral responses, which tells me this is not an isolated problem.  I hope that everyone reading this will recognize the signs and work to […]

Recovering from EQAO

For the first time in many years, I arrived home from school yesterday feeling the physical side effects of intense stress.  I had pain all through the right side of my body and I could feel the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders.  It took most of last evening to try to relax, to […]

Question Everything

In my last posting, I stated a few of the findings in the Hole in the Wall experiments.  The last was that schools need to include a rational system to know what to believe in. Tonight I read a post by Ira Socol called “Question Everything” that really helps me with my thinking on this […]

SIM 2012

I have been fortunate to spend two days at SIM 2012 in Thunder Bay.  It is the third SIM session I have attended this year, and it is always a time of intense learning. The question is always, “What will I take away and integrate into my practice?”. While I continue to ponder that, here […]