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Mobilise Students, Release Teachers

I find myself thinking a lot about the role of teachers in the classroom. Are students better served through coaching and mentoring support, instead of the direction they tend to receive? And if students are better served by a more … Continue reading

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A Voice in Canadian Education

I connected with Stephen Hurley through an ArtsSmarts conference earlier this year, and he’s become a beacon of hope for me as I try to develop myself as an enterprising educator. In particular, Stephen has recently started an online project … Continue reading

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Measuring Classroom Enterprise

Fast Company is running a series on change in education. This particular post cites the need for teachers to both foster enterprising students, and track student achievement. In my way, I feel like my classroom practice is an in-progress attempt to … Continue reading

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The Commons; in Halifax, and Elsewhere.

 In Halifax, the best way to arrive is by boat. Some 300 years ago, that was how the Europeans got here, and despite living in land-bound Toronto, I knew this to be a seaport city. That’s why I took a 12-minute … Continue reading

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These Winds Have Me Wondering if Struggle is the Right Word

This past weekend, I paid a visit to my friend Marlena’s farm in the Ottawa Valley.   On a paddle around the property pond, I drew aware of the need to keep the nose of the canoe pointed into the … Continue reading

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Kids Starting Businesses

Zibkids is a web portal that wants to help young people start enterprises of their own. Duct tape wallets, jewellery design, lemonade and flower stand businesses are easy to get going with this support. Thanks to Aeryn for sharing the … Continue reading

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12 Seasons

The traditional calendar celebrates the seasons on the 21st day of March, June, September, and December. But it’s not like one day it’s Spring, and the next day Summer. Seasons happen in transition. It’s the subtle characteristics of marginal seasons … Continue reading

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Visions that Serve

I received a link to Gavin Sheppard’s 2009 TEDxToronto Talk, about using hip hop culture to engage youth in things that matter to them. He shares his story of leading a shift in the services offered at his Etobikoke Community … Continue reading

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Cafeteria FlashMob

An inspired and fun-loving colleague of mine decided the staff at her school ought to FlashMob the school cafeteria. She organised a rendition of YMCA at lunch last week. Check the video evidence here (i’m last one in stage left).

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Value Investing for Kids

Noted Value Investor Warren Buffet has put his name to a tv show and education series aimed at building financial skills in American youth. Check the news here. Thanks to James Milward for the link.

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