My school went through a rough few days recently. While our thoughts and prayers were focused on the school in Florida, my own district was threatened. We had to take it seriously, as did law enforcement, As the community outpouring on social media wafted from supportive, frustrated, angry, supportive, and scared, education still had to continue. The show must go on. So we had school with law enforcement patrolling the hallways, parking lots, and town. It was a Monday, of course, and a holiday that we had to use as a snow makeup day. Attendance was down some due to the threat, and at times the tension was palpable.
“There is nothing like the unimaginable to make people believe” (30). I chose this book because Yann Martel is one of my favourite author. His first book, Life of Pi inspired me to go into secondary English education. I was fortunate enough to hear Yann Martel speak and he signed my treasured copy of Life of Pi… Continue reading Beatrice and Virgil
Our school staff has reason to be grateful when it comes to available technology in our school and to our access to bandwidth. Our school division does put both as a priority for student learning. Even though we have many devices and we have the bandwidth to provide us access, a lot of what we … Continue reading No More Excuses
As more and more educators discover the value of Twitter professionally, it can sometimes seem like an echo chamber, as my #4OCF Voxer group discussed during our book study of The Four O’Clock Faculty: A Rogue Guide to Revolutionizing Professional Development. And since we’re being honest here, we can also admit that the glory of retweets and the race to collect followers can also draw us away from the original beauty of Twitter. That beauty, my friends, is what keeps me going.
Is there really a Cool Kids Club that follows us throughout life? Do we really have to live high school all over again as adults? Can we be in that elusive Cool Club some years, months, days and not others? Should we care? Generally speaking, that club does frequently appear in schools, businesses, churches, clubs, and it rears its ugly head on social media as well. What exactly is it? How do we guide kids through the social maze in order to survive? Should we spend any time helping students through this? And actually, students may have a better handle on this than we adults do. Social media and the internet have opened doors to fashion and culture, good and bad, for us that students may navigate better than many adults. In fact, if you ask your own children about the Cool Kids Club, as Denis Sheeran did, you may discover that they have never heard of it. That then begs the question, do we adults really understand it ourselves?
I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about teaching practices and how we often underestimate the abilities of our students when we do not allow them to have a strong voice and a lot of choices when it comes to their learning. I spent my Saturday yesterday with a group of students … Continue reading Taking the Step Back
Long time no blog! At the start of this school year I had hopes of blogging every week, if not every other week. Then it became every month. Now it’s just become….well, barely at all! Today though, I had a burning desire to share a few thoughts that have been brewing over the last few […]
“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life” (33) About the book: Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling was the commencement address that she gave at Harvard in 2009. She focuses on two main topics the importance of imagination and the… Continue reading Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination