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The greatest thing you'll ever learn

"The greatest thing, you'll ever learn, is just to love, and be loved in return." ~ eben ahbez

Leadership

In the video below (which was a flash mob performance from our school Stratford Hall, in support of glocal issues around water), the young man who starts the dance off also choreographed the dance, organized the student practices, helped organize the actual event itself (with a fair bit of teacher input) and then took a huge risk and started the dance himself. That's leadership.

Don't Lecture Me

Some highlights from the video above (thanks to @smartinez for sharing it):

Simulating transmission of knowledge in a classroom

I've created a simulation, which vastly over-simplifes classroom dynamics and information flow, in an attempt to look at some of the differences between a lecture style classroom and a cooperative learning classroom.

View this simulation here if you are having trouble seeing it above.

Obama to students: You will need algebra

In his commencement speech ( story shared by @monsoon0 ) to a Memphis graduating class, President Obama said:

Newspapers have a purpose: They help us break free of "online filter bubbles."

When I was watching Eli Pariser's Beware Online Filter Bubbles TED talk, I wondered initially how one could work against this problem of the customization of the web. I thought to myself, wouldn't be handy if there was a way to find an assortment of almost randomly aggregated content from a wide variety of interests.

Philosophy for Children

I read this article today about philosophy for children, which was shared in last night's discussion about math in the real world. I thought it was pretty appropriate because my own son has started asking some difficult questions, and I'd like to find some more resources for exploring them with him. Obviously, I can give him my perspective on the issues, but I think it would be better to find resources which are more familiar to him.

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Nah, social media is useless

Today I talked on the radio with Bill Good on CKNW, announced that George Abbott, British Columbia's Minister of Education will chat with us on Twitter, and chatted with Alan Papert and a bunch of other amazing math educators about ways to make mathematics more engaging and rooted in the "real world."

A discussion with our Education Minister George Abbott

When George Abbott first became education minister, I sent out an email to him inviting him to join us on Twitter, and find out how educators are using it to communicate with each other across vast geographic distances. Unfortunately, the email got lost during his leadership attempt in BC, and I forgot about it.

TED talk proposal: Math in the real world

I had an idea for a proposal which I put in the TED-ED forums for a TED talk on Math in the Real World. Here's my presentation, notes are below the presentation.

Presentation notes:

Slide 1:

Hi all. My name is David Wees, and I'm a learning specialist for technology and mathematics teacher for Stratford Hall, in Vancouver, BC.

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