The Myth of the Average Learner

What do we design classroom learning for? Or perhaps we should be asking WHO we design classroom learning for. What is our image of the learner? Shifting the image of the learnerĀ  Good learning design isn’t possible without thinking through all the ways our learners vary. When we consider the wide variation in foot size; […]

How Do We Change The Way Children Experience Learning?

“My son doesn’t really like school. But he’s also lazy, so I tell him to get over it because not everything in life can be fun. He has to learn to apply himself.” “How old is your son?”, I asked. “He’s seven. He’s in grade 2. He says he’s bored but the teacher tells us […]

Flourish #oneword2019 #onewordONT

For 2019, the word that I will keep at the centre of who I am and what I do is FLOURISH. I recently wrote about flourishing as part of a blogging challenge: What do you need to flourish? For me, 7 hours of quality sleep in fresh air, freshly ground coffee, and a morning run […]

A Profound Shift: Seeing Children as Capable and Competent

“This is a profound shift to view the child as a capable, competent, rich in potential rights-bearing individual rather than as an empty vessel waiting to be filled.” Dr. Jean Clinton How do we shift our image of the learner? Recently I had the privilege to listen to Hailey Noseworthy, a Grade 12 student from […]

Sharing Deep Learning

Recently, several Principals from our Director’s Principal Advisory Group (DPAG, #nledDPAG) travelled to New Brunswick to observe and learn about examples of #NPDL – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.  Today they shared their observations with us. Ryan Kelley: When we visited schools in New Brunswick to see Deep Learning in action, some of the things […]

Let Their Brilliance Shine

“Anyone who teaches children that they need to silently comply through painful experiences before they will be allowed to let their brilliance shine has no intention of ever allowing that brilliance to shine, and will not be able to see it when it does.” Emma Gargroetzi Dear New York Times, Do Better   A few […]

Digital Literacies: Using Digital Images

The gap between where we are, and where we want to go, is a useful framework to help illustrate the need for change. As I work to lead learning in this area, the “Mind the Gap” image is very useful.       How do I ensure that I am using a copy of the […]

Enrollment

In schools systems, “enrollment” is data.  The number of children in schools is the basis for funding and staffing allocations.  From an operations perspective, it’s a critical piece of information. But enrollment is also about showing up and choosing to engage in learning.  Is this how our students approach school? Fullan, Quinn and McEachen, 2018, […]

Rebel

Why do we have to follow the rules? Schools are full of rules. We need rules, but we also need to re-examine how school rules (often based on assumptions about what school is, what it is for, and what it should look like) work against learning. We need to be willing to challenge our deeply-held […]

Flourishing

What do you need to flourish? For me, 7 hours of quality sleep in fresh air, freshly ground coffee, and a morning run are a perfect start.  Fresh food, great books, interesting and caring friends, love and laughs with family, sloppy kisses from a chocolate lab puppy – these all contribute to the feeling of […]