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 ...

Design Thinking – A New Tool

I’ve been shopping for a new tool, lately.  I’ve spent time doing the research.  I’ve read (and continue to read) books, I’ve talked to people and I’ve played with idea...

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 ...

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 ...