Exceptional Times

Thoughts from the depths of the COVID19 pandemic: Rather than give in to the digital divide in times of crisis, why not leverage this moment and make moves to resolve it? *** It has been suggested that due to the inequity of access to technology and internet, our education system…

It’s Time For You To Go

The ZPD: something all those people critical ofteaching have never heard of, but it's whereteachers live all day every day. If your teacher-craft is good you are a natural differentiator, going to great lengths to provide each student with what they need.  Teachers are the pressure point between a system…

Easy Money

There is a strong undercurrent of animosity about what teachers get paid and a lot of misinformation about teacher average pay. Like anything, it's more complicated than it appears. Here's my stab at trying to explain how Ontario teacher pay works, though the people complaining about it probably aren't interested…

Framing Mathematics

We had a numeracy PD day a few weeks ago.  This filled me with trepidation having barely survived high school mathematics.  It began with a warning about how we frame mathematics: Fair enough.  Evidently I'm not the only one who treats mathematics with caution, but I can see the point about…

The End of Google Plus

I was an early adopter into G+.  I was already getting the willies about Facebook back in 2011 and was looking for a way to curate links to thinkers and artists that wasn't designed around monetizing my existing relationships.  Facebook serves a purpose - keeping you in touch with extended friends and…

The End of Public Education

A timely article in 2019, but I originally wrote it in 2014:  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-end-of-public-education.html   What if public education was merely the result of the need for factory workers in a newly industrialized society?  What if education has never been anything more than an expression of economic need? I was directed to…

I’m a Sponge

One of my strengths as a teacher is my overdeveloped sense of empathy.  It's also why I'm often exhausted at the end of a day.  The recent state of affairs in Ontario education has gotten to the point where I have to time my exposure to this negativity as it…