Monthly Archives: January 2011

Understanding nature

My wife and son went to Cathedral grove today. It’s one of the only first growth forests left in BC, and it is amazing. The trees here are spectacular! What I realized when I saw the photos my wife sent me, you cannot understand nature without standing in (literally) her most majestic works. I know […]

Manufacturing Demand

Thanks to @rmbyrne and his Free Technology for Teachers website, I just saw Annie Lenox’s "The Story of Bottled Water" video which is recommended viewing, but chances are those of you coming to this blog know the story she’s telling already. In the video, she talks about the process of manufacturing demand, in which a […]

15,000 tweets

I hit a milestone quietly today. I posted my 15,000 tweet. It’s not  a milestone I’m going to celebrate, nor will anyone else, but it got me to thinking. What if we had students with 15,000 tweets? I’m not talking 15,000 descriptions of their breakfast, or what they are wearing, or any number of fairly […]

“Crucial part of our learning”

So today I returned a laptop that a student had forgotten at school to a student during our homeroom. Two of his friends were standing nearby and expressed their shock that he would be so careless with his laptop. Student 1: "How could you be so careless with your laptop? It’s a crucial part of […]

Remixing Schools

I had an idea tonight for a project that would be cool if we could implement it. The basic idea is, we submit complete information about a bunch of schools which are known to work, and then we break those schools down into their component pieces, such as assessment policy or their science curriculum. We […]

The (Nearly) Paperless Classroom

I’ve been reading about people trying to implement a paperless classroom, and it occurred to me that there are plenty of things you can do to implement this type of classroom, without using a lot of technology. You don’t need a 1 to 1 laptop program at your school to make it a (nearly) paperless […]

Story telling in mathematics

I tell a lot of stories when I teach, but not generally stories about my life or past stories of students. I use story-telling as a vehicle for explaining concepts that are difficult to understand when abstracted in symbols.  For example, when I talk about sums of arithmetic sequences, I start with the story of […]

What if we treated grades like leveling up?

So I was responding to comment on this blog about student retention, and the person used the word "level" and it made me think of "leveling up" which is this process by which your fantasy character becomes more powerful as a result of the experience they gained. This video below describes the process of leveling […]

Retaining students? Not a good idea.

We had a silly ceremony when I was in first grade. It was called "the first grade graduation ceremony." We all stood around and our families all came out and we celebrated our graduation from first grade. We were even given little certificates to hold onto to remind us of the experience. I have no […]

Improvement, not Innovation, is the Key to Greater Equity

Here is an excellent presentation by Ben Levin. Improvement, Not Innovation, is the Key to Greater Equity from CEA ACE on Vimeo. Here’s a great quote from his presentation. "How many of you have been involved in a pilot project? Okay almost all of us… How many of those pilot projects are still in operation? Virtually none of them…" […]