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 […]


“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 […]

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 […]