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A Modest Ontario Education Proposal

The politics of teaching are on my mind lately.  Ontario has financial issues, and cutbacks seem certain.  I've previously talked about how good Ontario's education system is, the frustration of being an active educator in this political climate, and, most recently, the simplicity of the salary grid.  I've asked hard…

The IT idiot

  I'm currently reading the very meaty and painfully direct "Shop Class as Soulcraft" by Matt Crawford.  In the book he laments idiocy in professionals and (at another point) the vagaries of management language in modern business where there is no objective means of determining an employee's competency.  Both of…

Master/Journeyman/Apprentice

 I'm once again in the additional qualification classroom in order to gain another teachable.  This one was a bit tricky.  I'd been working in information technology since I graduated with an honours BA in English in the mid '90s.  When I went into teaching, I looked into getting my technical qualifications (I'd…

Learning Without A Safety Net

As a learner I tend to have problems following curriculum (I have trouble following it as a teacher too).  For me, learning is a challenging, self-directed, non-linear activity.  It's a delight  when you have that eureka moment and frustrating when you're can't grasp a concept because you don't have enough…

Final OISE Blog

The final blog entry from my OISE computer engineering program: Name and describe the school, board and ministry standards you must follow. Our school and board follow Ministry standards and our collective agreement based upon it.  One of the challenges we have is in following changing standards.  One of those specific problems…

Learning On A Knife’s Edge

I'm still struggling with my Mum's recent, sudden death.  While that is going on, I'm dealing with a previously signed up for teaching qualification in computer engineering, and a series of slanderous attacks on my profession.  I can't help but be self-reflexive about how I'm dealing with the role of…

Educational Maelstroms

  Nice to see you'll support pension cuts, shame that was never on the table I find myself in a bit of an educational maelstrom at the moment.  Government twitter trolls who like to tell me I must be enjoying my summer off instead get sharp replies about my sitting…

All Hands On Deck

One of those fun things about Twitter is that you can end up communicating with unexpected people.  The other day I got a response from the Press Secretary for the Ontario Liberal party. We're in a bit of a mess in Ontario.  Economically we're on the wrong end of history.…

emotional intelligence

How we remove life experiences from lifeI've had a tough week.  Whenever I thought about a parent dying, I figured I would rationalize my way through it.  It turns out you can't do that at all.  The emotional journey I've been on has been as rich, complex and valuable as…