Author / Andrew Campbell

I once tangled with a principal about anchor charts. The superintendent was coming to visit and the superintendent liked anchor charts. So everyone needed to have anchor charts in their classroom. I spoke privately with the principal and tried to point out that making pedagogical decisions based on a superintendent’s visit wasn’t really in the […]

It’s all hands on deck for math education in Ontario. In response to Grade 3 & 6 math scores not changing for the past two years the media and “education chicken littles” have declared that the sky is falling and our system is in crisis. Never mind that reading and writing scores have also flatlined […]

I wasn’t surprised by anything shared in Natasha Singer’s NY Times article “Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues“. I’ve been warning about the ethical grey area caused by corporations recruiting “teacher influencers” (my nomination for worst education related term of 2017) in conference presentations since 2014.

This week EQAO released its review of provincial testing scores and it again raised questions about whether or the relatively poor performance of students on math is due to the curriculum or the test. This was different by the way than the interpretation that EQAO put on the results. They said the that Grade 6 results were […]

Earlier this week, in response the parent and staff concerns, Earl Grey Senior Public School in The Toronto District School Board banned cell phones from class. This closely follows a similar move by Herring Cove Junior High School in Nova Scotia. At least, that was the media story. In fact, the so-called ban was really just providing a […]

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