Report cards will be sent home this Thursday and I’m feeling triumphant. I have read all the report cards, Individual Education Plans, English language inserts, Resource inserts and in some cases student self assessments and curriculum summaries. I have asked questions, made comments, suggestions, and signed off on nearly all of them. They are copiedContinue reading “Reporting Student Achievement in British Columbia”
Simon Sinek could define school as a finite game that you choose to play. It has an agreed set of rules that must be followed to win. Do the work. Pass the test. Win with good grades. Graduate. Gordon, Renee and I were taking the win as we traipsed across the stag. However, LifeContinue reading “Winning at Life”
Educational change is an exciting topic with he promise of many pro-active, positive changes in educational systems around the world. I am working with secondary teachers at Royal Bridge Education Group in Coquitlam today. We will be engaging in learning about educational change and responding to the ideas using strategies and tools to engage learnersContinue reading “Exploring Educational Change with Educators in Vancouver, British Columbia”
Welcome. As a member of the VSB, I would like to acknowledge that we live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Coast Salish peoples. We are fortunate to be nestled in the Pacific Spirit Park and in walking distance of the beach. Teachers and students are able to exploreContinue reading “A Learning Tour at University Hill Elementary”
“those teachers who are students of their own impact are the teachers who are the most influential in raising students’ achievement.” John Hattie
Walking along Jericho Beach as a little girl, this piece of wood screamed “brain” to me. This was long before the fascination with the brain had extended beyond neuroscientists and doctors, to psychologists, to educators, to anyone aging and fearing cognitive decline. The brain held secrets that were not readily apparent to the naked eye.Continue reading “Fascination with the Brain”
Brokenleg et al. identify belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity as basic growth needs of all children to thrive.
“Honesty is the best policy” is an adage that has been kicked to the curb openly of late. The “alternative truth” is the actually emerging as “a thing”. I was brought up with several “alternative truths,” but even as a young child I identified them as nothing more than lies. I also knew thatContinue reading “Challenging “Alternative Truths””
It all started with a suitcase on Human Rights Day on December 10, 2015. Tecumseh students were first asked to reflect on the Syrian Refugee crisis. Students wrote letters to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their desire for Syrian boys and girls to live in a place without war where they could go to schoolContinue reading “Superheroes Champion Syrian Refugees via CBC Podcast”
Children going to play in the park, are enticed to incorporate reading as another fun activity. This is particularly important as students are moving towards the summer holidays and the risk of losing reading gains is imminent without continued reading.