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 […]
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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 […]
In June of 2016 I wrote something on the future of report cards for TVO.org. Here’s an excerpt: The digital revolution has transformed every area of our lives by changing how we send, receive and use information. Information is plentiful, easily accessible and flows freely and at high speeds, allowing people to make better, more […]
One of my first roles as a teacher was to spy on students. I was offered a teaching job at one of the first schools in Ontario to have a school-wide network. The principal wasn’t entirely sure what a network was, and so she needed some help. I was hired to teach grade 8, but I was also in […]