Afraid to be Wrong

Over the past few days, mostly while shovelling snow, I have been listening to one particular podcast from the CBC Ideas Program: Knowledge and Democracy.  The program examines the interaction between science and society, looking at the “position” of the discipline “science” in a democracy. It is of particular interest to me because of our […]

Ten Years Ago, Ten Years From Now

Today is my dog’s 10th birthday. Technically, he isn’t really my dog.  We bought him for our son 10 years ago. “Basso”, the beagle, was my son’s Christmas present in 2005. A beagle was the #2 item on my son’s wish list. Item #1 was an iPod, but everyone wanted an iPod in 2005, and all of […]

On Canada Day: Solving Big Hairy Problems

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to present at conferences in other Canadian provinces.  It makes me realize how little I actually know about education in Canada outside of Ontario. It’s silly, really.  Just because we exist in different education jurisdictions doesn’t mean we can’t spend more time learning from each […]

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions From Going in One Year and Out the Other

Let me begin with a huge thanks to @RoyanLee who suggested the @InquiringShow Inquiring Minds podcast in his blog last summer. It has been such a great source of learning for me, especially while out walking the dog, doing the dishes, folding laundry or even (yes, Brandon Grasley) while brushing my teeth! The January 2, […]

How Will You Make Your Own Mess? “Creating a Culture Not of Mimics But of Masters”

We have problems.  Big problems. Our world is warming up at an alarming rate.  Child poverty is still a reality in spite of “promises” to end it. Who will solve these problems? What are we doing every day to move toward solutions? Commander Hadfield asked this question recently as host of the CBC Radio program […]

Do You Believe in Science?

This evening, a friend shared this article about a MP from BC who challenges science while in the House of Commons. It led to this hilarious video, which really made me think about the pervasive misunderstandings we tolerate in society when it comes to science. Will today’s children continue to accept a Canadian government that makes major […]

Learning at #Educon

I am taking a moment away from the learning to capture some of the key ideas emerging from Educon 2.6: Click on the image if the Axioms are too small to read.  Consider how they might inform your daily practice. Educon is held at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. I took this shot during […]

Protecting Young Brains

This past year, I was fortunate to work with Robert Dunn and Steven Katz on a research project which used case management techniques to deeply study the reasons why students were not attending school, and therefore not succeeding in graduating.  The experience reinforced the observation that complex issues require complex solutions, and blanket strategies to […]

Collaboration: We’ve Arrived!

** Update! We now know that Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) watched our video on the ISS!  How exciting for our students.  Commander Hadfield understands the importance of connections for learning.  His song with Ed Robertson is all about how the world is one place, all interconnected, and the video shows how this is so true.  Student […]

Considering How We Teach Science

Harassing phone calls, personal threats, intrusions on personal privacy – this is what scientist Michael Mann has endured. He was interviewed yesterday on The Current, by Anna Maria Tremonti.  His new book, “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”, chronicles his personal journey, attempting to deliver an unpopular message to the American public. He faces […]