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Why The Best Teachers Change Their Minds

Why The Best Teachers Change Their Minds

When I first started teaching, I thought essay writing was the ideal form of assessment. If students could “write intelligently” about an idea (or the big idea of a certain academic standard), they understood. If they struggled, they probably didn’t—and that struggle...
Back To School Takeaways

Back To School Takeaways

I took a day out of my busy schedule (everyone has a busy schedule!) to visit two of our customers in North and West Vancouver. Bringing nature into the learning environment, encouraging collaboration and making a focus to clear away the clutter is evident the moment...
21st Century Project-Based Learning Needs

21st Century Project-Based Learning Needs

We tend to think of project-based learning as focused on research, planning problem-solving, authenticity, and inquiry. Further, collaboration, resourcefulness, and networking matter too–dozens of characteristics “fit” into project-based learning. Its popularity comes...
Emotion Is More Important Than Understanding

Emotion Is More Important Than Understanding

Teachers mean well. By teachers, I mean you and I. We mean well. After all, here we are, creating and consuming resources to improve the learning of someone, somewhere. And we’re both in education to begin with — that’s a selfless and Sisyphean pursuit in itself. We...
Strategies For Managing Change In Schools

Strategies For Managing Change In Schools

We’ve come to accept that just about the only thing that seems to be constant in this day and age is change. But we sometimes don’t spend enough time thinking about how to manage change. Here are some things to have in mind before undertaking any significant change...
Are Questions More Important Than Answers?

Are Questions More Important Than Answers?

There is an irony to bad questions, in that they can be more difficult to answer than a good question. Questioning is the art of learning. Learning to ask important questions is the best evidence of understanding there is, far surpassing the temporary endorphins of a...
Summer Planning

Summer Planning

Even though teachers have the summer off we usually have a hard time switching off our teacher brains. I find myself on my family summer holidays looking around and thinking about whether I can use different natural objects in my classroom. I can’t walk down a...