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…

What Is Learning?

What is Learning? Thrown out casually during a teacher conference and then immediately forgotten, but it lingered with me. I heard the initial “transmission of information” definitions around me and shook my head. Saying that learning is simply information transmission is like saying killing is a physical effort that ends…

Playing To Win

Last year we were stunned to get an email saying we'd made it through to the Canadian national finals for the first ever CyberTitan student cybersecurity contest.  We knew, on the face of things, that we weren't up at the pointy end of things, though we had made big improvements…

Secondary Like We Mean It

We're getting squeezed for sections this year because bankers and multi-nationals wanted to play silly buggers with the world economy.  Watching my school cut English sections down to the bone is making me question the validity of requiring mandatory English throughout high school.Academic English is very university focused with the…

Digital Footprint 2.0

SOURCESThe source(s) of this post (and a good example of the richness of thinking you can get out of an online PLN):@MzMollyTL's Digital Footprint discussion from ECOO last year that stirred up the new teachers in my AQ.@melaniemcbride's comment on the sweatshop mentality of the always on teacher:https://twitter.com/melaniemcbride/status/230841214180683779@dougpete's blog on edublogging:http://dougpete.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-27/...which…

Learned Helplessness

Reading often creates strange resonances.  Most recently the latest edition of WIRED struck a chord with Paul Theroux's 1975 classic, The Great Railway Bazaar.  What could a travel book from the seventies have to do with a Twenty-first Century technology magazine? Theroux was on a train trip across Asia.  In…

Failing Forward

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.  - C.S. Lewis Four years ago I decided to show what we know in the information technology focused computer engineering course I teach at Centre Wellington DHS.  The Skills Canada I.T. and Networking Administration contest seemed…
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