published by David Wees on Thu, 12/16/2010 - 14:24
Today I decided to record the process of solving a mathematical puzzle I found at the Project Euler website, in an effort to try and begin to analyze the problem solving techniques I use. My interest here is mostly in how the process unfolds, and the skills I use to solve these problems, rather than the actual problems themselves, although those are interesting. Below is the video I recorded when solving this problem.
published by David Wees on Tue, 12/14/2010 - 15:08
The BC government just released a report from the Premier's Technology Council (PTC) on the future of education in British Columbia which is a fantastic read. It's like someone took the conversations we have on #edchat on Twitter and bottled it up into an official report.
The report starts with discussing the needs of a knowledge-based society1, which it describes as
published by David Wees on Mon, 12/13/2010 - 21:57
I just read Dave Lanovaz's request for help making group work in a math class effective, and I was writing a comment when I realized it was going to be a long one, so I decided to blog about it instead. I use group work in my math class a fair bit so I have some suggestions for Dave.
published by David Wees on Sun, 12/12/2010 - 17:48
Thanks to Chris Kennedy ( @chrkennedy on Twitter), who is blogging at his Culture of Yes blog, I have a list of BC educators who blog.
Chris makes the good point that we should follow the local bloggers in our area and also find out what is happening in our neighbourhood. As interesting as the international conversation, it is equally important to each us what happens near us.
published by David Wees on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 15:21
We often spend a lot of time telling people what they can't do.
(Picture shared by my sister).
We should spend more time talking about what people can do.
When we frame everything in the negative, people tend to put themselves inside the box you've constructed for them. If you frame in the positive, they are more likely to see the world through the same lens you do.
published by David Wees on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 22:44
There is a lot of discussion of how we can personalize education for students and give them opportunities for choice. The idea is that students who have choice in the learning process will be more engaged. Personalized learning, where the delivery of the curriculum is tailored to individual student's needs, will also likely lead to students understanding the curriculum standards. Both of these suggestions seem reasonable.
published by David Wees on Mon, 12/06/2010 - 10:30
Our school uses a school-wide behaviour management system called "Real Restitution". It's not really about behaviour management though, that's not the best word for it. Think of it as a constructivist approach to behaviour management.
In the behaviourist model of learning, students are like little black boxes where you don't care what's going on inside the student, what you care about is how you can manage their behaviour so that they demonstrate they have learned what you want them to know.