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Transformation? Maybe it is just down the hall.

One of the big things I try to do in my work is to push people to be clear about what they mean. “Mushy thinking” as someone once called it drives me a bit crazy. Now I’m certain that I am as “mushy” as the next person from time […]

Do we still need to buy textbooks?

I estimate that each year in our district we spend well over $4 million on Learning Resources. Resources that we would define as textbooks, library books, digital media, software, manipulatives and other forms of resources that directly support teachers in their instruction. A significant amount of these funds go […]

Schools Matter and Teachers Care

Every year Surrey Schools hosts a Digital Learner Series. As part of that series this year, we held “Ignite” sessions which include powerpoint presentations of 20 slides of 15 seconds each. It is great fun and really causes people to be succinct. Ignite sessions normally run with multiple speakers […]

Teachers are researchers – every single day

Another research proposal crosses my desk. It is a good question, interesting, well thought out but I am again reminded about the disconnect that exists between academic research and the practice that happens every day in our schools. Two systems that should work hand in glove but often we […]

How Do Parents Enrich Your School’s Culture?

As I walked into the school, it was impossible to miss the ceiling covered in soft pink paper lanterns, each carefully hung from hand-picked tree branches.  The colour of the lanterns was in contrast to the bright red paper flowers hanging off the branches that surrounded the numerous small globes. […]

Preparing Students for the “Real” World

In our ongoing debate on report cards and letter grades this past week, one of the comments I have heard a few times is “how are students going to be prepared for the real world?” I have to admit, this concept of the “real” world being something external to […]

What do letter grades actually mean?

I’m in the south east of the United States, the heart of Civil War country and, in fact, in the locations of some of the most famous battles in history. The woods surrounding the schools were undoubtedly places where soldiers fought and died. I leaned over the student’s shoulder […]

Give us your (teacher created) content…please?

I imagine that every year, provincially, we spend tens of millions of dollars on textbooks. Simultaneously, teachers around BC are creating their own tailor-made resources to suit their students’ needs. While there is a lot of sharing between teachers, in many cases, teachers in the same school let alone […]

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The Pope just hit ten million followers on social media. Who would have imagined a decade ago that the Vatican would even participate in social media yet alone celebrate what is an enormous following? Such a news tidbit only demonstrates the rapidly growing social media trend and the power […]

Will the Arts save us from Big Data?

We live in a time where data storage costs almost nothing. As a result, we store everything. Not just our creation of tweets, pages, posts, and emails, but everything about our activity on the Internet. The sites we visit, the searches we make, the spaces on the screen we […]

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