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Exam Week Reflections

At the moment, I am supervising a group of thirty high school seniors as they write a final exam. Their desks are covered in Scantron sheets, scratched notes and eraser shavings. All of us are looking forward to being through … Continue reading

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Need a Job? Invent It.

New York Times writer Thomas Friedman recently posted an article that addresses the value in learning to be innovative. In particular, Friedman discusses the Finnish education system. which has been gaining attention as a framework that the rest of the world … Continue reading

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Building the Plane in the Air

Alan Levine has posted about his open-source digital story telling class, ds106, and it has me inspired in a number of ways. To being with, it’s evidence that when you imagine a classroom as an open community space, people will … Continue reading

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The Happiness of Responsibility

The Christmas holidays proved a happy time in my home. The days were filled with good friends and lots of space to relax. I managed to read three different books, and just about every meal was home cooked (sometimes by … Continue reading

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December Update: Links to Consider

I’ve been working full time at a local high school, and have struggled to find the time and energy to keep posting on a regular basis. That said, there’s a recent Life Well Spent post at Voices in Canadian Education, and … Continue reading

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Procrastination: Present Self v Future Self

It’s taken me three weeks to write this post. Ever since I heard Dr Tim Pychyl talk about procrastination, I’ve been meaning to write something down. It just hasn’t happened. I’m not trying to be cheeky or intentionally self-referential, it’s … Continue reading

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Is it the Job For You?

In recent years, I’ve come to make a distinction between my job and my work. The difference is that my job is characterised by putting productive energy into purposes directed by someone else, whereas my work is putting my productive … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Case For Struggling Teens

I just finished reading Paul Tough’s book ‘How Children Succeed. It’s been all over the press; the Labour Day issue of The Globe and Mail, NPRs This American Life, Daniel Pink and other sources of thoughtful media. The basic premise is that non-cognitive skills, … Continue reading

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How Harmonious Are Your Passions?

In July, I attended the First Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology. It was a gathering of academics and practitioners who shared research and best practices into the conditions associated with wellness. While an inevitable dynamic in discussing character and satisfaction becomes … Continue reading

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The Value of I Don’t Knows

Last week, I read about an experiment that paired young students with educational robots. The research concluded that these children learned best with robots that made mistakes relative to those robots that gave the right answers. While it’s no news to say … Continue reading

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