Monthly Archives: October 2010

The relationship between K to 12 and all education spending in the United States

Here is a graph of the spending on education in public K to 12 schools in the US compared to the spending on education outside of K to 12 schools from 1950 to 2007. The data is from this site thanks to @jasonflom. Please comment below if you see an error in my math. So what this […]

A thank you from a teacher

Today a teacher came and found me and thanked me. I had helped her class a few times while they were learning how to produce their podcasts for her class. She was having a bad week, but when she listened to the results of the podcasts, she was really pleased and it made her week. […]

I don’t want my kid in that math class

Clarence Fisher ( @glassbeed ) had a great quote in an Elluminate session I listened to yesterday. For our parents that complain about their students learning how to become global citizens and learning digital literacy because of privacy issues, ask them "would you take your child out of math class?"  (summarized) Such a good point […]

My new Google reader subscriptions

Here’s a new version of my subscriptions to different blogs through Google Reader in OPML format. Please feel free to download this and edit as you see fit. 99% of these blogs are related either to technology or educational technology and all of them are relevant to teachers. You should be able to import this […]

An email to our new Education Minister

Here is the email I’ve just send to George Abbott, our new education minister in British Columbia. Let’s see if he responds. Dear Mr. Abbott,   I’m an educator in British Columbia, in a small private school called Stratford Hall. I’m pleased to hear that you have been appointed to your new role. I have […]

Connecting your Classroom

Here’s a presentation I’m giving this Wednesday to the teachers at my school on Connecting your Classroom. After viewing William Eaton‘s presentation last Friday at the CUEBC conference I decided to present on a similar topic to my own staff, using a couple of his ideas (which I’ve referred in the presentation). The idea is that […]

Two possible futures

The way I see it, there are two possible futures. In one possible future we will always have computers and electronic devices and students should learn how to use these devices. With the exception of certain skills we want to be automatic for students, they really should learn nothing that can be done by a […]

Book Recommendations for Teachers

I’m just using this page to store book recommendations I’ve been getting through Twitter. Feel free to comment and add your own suggestions if you don’t see them in my list. Different by Youngme Moon Lost at School by Ross Greene Fair Isn’t Always Equal by Rick Wormelli Mindset by Carol Dweck The Genius in […]

When I really realized other people had feelings

I remember the moment that I learned empathy. I suppose not all people are lucky (or unlucky) enough to be able to look back at this moment in time, and honestly I wish it happened to more people than it does. I am lucky enough to have had the chance to apologize to the person […]

25 Myths About Homework

Last night I asked people for help with my presentation on Myths about Homework which I am presenting today at Skeptic Camp in Vancouver. Within 15 minutes, we had 20 Myths, within another 15 minutes we had a total of 26 myths about homework with one duplication. Thanks for your help, I’ve turned these myths […]