Finding Gold in Goals

In the last 20 years, the world of education has undergone significant change. Research findings have played key roles in updating and improving curriculum documents, and teaching/learning/ assessment practices. Inevitably, some strategies are tried by teachers, but...

The Growth Mindset

Providing descriptive feedback in a timely manner has been an educational focus for school systems around the world for some time. But, what if the feedback we give is not optimal for eliciting the best response and ability in our students. Thanks to some new...

Contemplating Collaboration

It all starts with a story. A teacher walks into a classroom during her prep coverage. She sees a student go over and talk to a group of other students. Then the student comes back to his table, sits down, and shows his group members his work. They all start copying...

Just Try!

Our new Ontario report card has created an even bigger emphasis on the Learning Skills. Self-reliance is a key component of these Learning Skills. When I taught primary students, I spent a lot of time modelling and guiding students to become more independent learners....

Paper Is Not A Bad Thing

A colleague of mine walked in the room just as I was finishing some photocopying this morning. She was amazed! Her comment to me was, “I thought that you a proponent of the paperless classroom. Why are you using paper?” My response was the same as it always is when...