On Nuance: Dr. Michael Fullan In Conversation With Stephen Hurley

Recently, Stephen Hurley recorded a podcast in conversation with Dr. Michael Fullan where they explored some of the ideas from his latest book, “Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail” Please listen to this VoicEd Radio On Demand Podcast here. In this podcast, Stephen and Michael take us back to the 1960’s when innovation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Finding Purpose, Skill, and Connection

  In 2018, why would students take conventional schooling seriously? According to Fullan, Quinn and McEachen (Deep Learning, 2018, p. 3), there is no reason for the majority of students to do so. The current school structure is oppressive to many young people. How many educators have experienced a school day from the place of […]

Relevance Unfound

This post: Relevance Unfound is based on Chapter 1 of Deep Learning: Engage the World, Change the World by Fullan, Quinn and McEachen Scrolling through Twitter postings of how applied science is changing our world helps me to remember that outside of the structure that is school, our world is changing exponentially. For example, this new car will be […]