What the Hell is Inquiry, anyway?

OK, I get caught up on words.  If you read even a couple of my previous posts, you know that.  But words are important.  The deeper you go in a discipline, the more subtle differences in a definiti...

A Reminder of what Really Counts

I had a chance to meet my evil twin a couple of weeks back. Or maybe I’m the one that’s evil… Either way, we seem to be kindred spirits, and while our time together was short, it was...

Design Inquiry Learning Thinking

I keep coming back to this, but I think that it’s important.  As teachers, we explore different ways of setting up learning experiences for students.  We play with pedagogies, keep ideas that ...

Mousetrap Vehicle Project – Teacher Reflection

This is a cross-post that originated on the blog of my Fusion (STEM) Cohort at St George’s School.  References to location of student blogs and further details are available at https://sgsfusi...

What’s a STEM?

So… You’re wandering down the halls of your local school and you see a STEM… or a STEAM… or something that resembles one… you think.  But how do you know?  What is it t...

Fusion – A new beginning

This year is the beginning of a new programme at my school and I’m at the heart of it.  It is a STEM programme aimed at our grade 10 level and has enrolled 21 boys (reminder: we are an all-boys...

School as Ecosystem

I’ve been plugging away at a book that I started in May, #EdJourney by Grant Lichtman.  I will admit a reluctance to come back to this book.  It was “heavily suggested” reading for...

Design Sprints

Today, I’m thinking about design sprints.  I was introduced to the concept of design problems that are tackled in very short amounts of time.  High level of intensity, but a relatively simple ...