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K-12 Education; Trust and Compliance in Learning

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TedX; Power in the Classroom

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Classroom Experiments #1

It was the start of first period class, and students seemed lethargic after the long weekend. I made a couple attempts at conversation, but few expressed interest. More directly, I asked students what they wanted to do today. “I’m easy,” … Continue reading

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Suggestions from the Frontlines

Ontario’s Ministry of Education has requested public input as they develop a strategy leading up to next year’s election. Called From Great to Excellent, the intent is produce a renewed vision for Ontario’s public schools. My participation in the Mississauga … Continue reading

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Seat at the Table

In a few weeks, I’m scheduled to take part in a weekend retreat for applicants to a Youth Training program. This morning I daydreamed about a conversation I hope to have while there. ‘Ten months from now, none of you … Continue reading

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Learning 2030

TVO has produced an ongoing series which explores education in the year 2030, when this year’s newborns are expected to graduate from high school. What’s Necessary? What’s Possible? wrapped up the findings of the Equinox Summit, where leading thinkers congregated to describe best … Continue reading

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Morning Routine

Each morning, towards the end of first period class, the national anthem plays and announcements are read over the school PA. Most students stand for the anthem, though several fuss with their phones or papers or friends. Once the announcements … Continue reading

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Hall Duty

I had hall duty today. I walked around with a badge and a walkie-talkie, inviting wandering students to make their way back to class, or if they had spare, to make use of the cafeteria and library. Towards the end … Continue reading

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A Premise for Government

Random thoughts from my afternoon bike ride, inspired by my reading of Jane Jacob’s Systems of Survival. The book explores the relationship between guardianship and enterprise and the hazardous results of one behaving like the other. A Premise for Government It … Continue reading

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What I learned about storytelling from 1-week at Second City Chicago

This summer I had the privilege of doing a one-week intensive course through Second City Chicago’s Training Center. Led by Andy Eninger, head of the writing program, the course was called Solo Performance. We spent most of our time taking … Continue reading

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