What’s in a name?

Quite some time ago, I published a post called The Role of the 21st Century School Librarian that still seems to garner some attention.  In it, I spent some time wondering about what a School Libra...

Should students think?

OK, dumb question in a world with no dumb questions!  But I have to wonder how many of us teacher-folk really walk the walk.  I’m reminded of this this week by my good friend, Leslie Maniotes ...

Design Thinking; or just Thinking

I’m reading Nigel Cross’s Design Thinking right now.  It’s been on my to-read list for a few months and I was able to get a couple of other books that needed to get finished, finish...

Teaching: Failure and Creativity

Why is it that it is so easy to become complacent as a teacher?  When we first start teaching, every class is a new experience.  We’ve never taught a topic in a certain way before, because it ...

Education as Behaviour Modification

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea that we, as educators, are in the business of behaviour modification.  I remember discussion of Skinner and others in my Ed Psych classes, back in...

Maker Heaven!

We celebrate the arts every year at our school through an Arts Week that brings together speakers and activities through many of the fine and performing arts.  We had some AMAZING speakers (photograp...

Learn to Make – Make to Learn

I’ve been spending my Spring Break wading through Learning Logs, interviews, assignments, and surveys trying to distill common threads from the thinking of a number of students in a Social Studi...

Boston Guided Inquiry Reflections

I started this week in Boston spending some quality time with Leslie Maniotes, two members of my school’s Social Studies Department and the Librarian from our Jr School.  We had the opportunity...

Guided Inquiry – Evaluation

What a week!  I’ll write about my fantastic trip to Boston with members of our Socials Department, my Librarian colleague from our Jr School and Leslie Maniotes in another post, but while I was...