Ben Sichel teaches Spanish and social studies, including Mi’kmaq Studies 10 and African Canadian Studies 11, at Prince Andrew High School in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is completing a Master’s degree focusing on anti-racist education, equity and diversity from Mount Saint Vincent University.… More
Bright red pencils and bold X’s used to be the preferred tools of correction in the North American classroom. Those methods came naturally to educators with a bred-in-the-bone urge to correct others. … More
High school graduation season has come and gone and it seems an opportune time to step back and try to assess the whole matter of rapidly rising graduation rates.
Now that high school graduation rates have topped 80 % in most Canadian provinces and some American states, it seems reasonable to ask whether rising levels of student “attainment” are actually the best way of measuring actual “achievement” levels. … More
The following is a cross-post from my blog.
I think that monitoring has taught me a lot this semester. Scratch that, I know it has. Joining the student success department involved a fairly steep learning curve.… More
The following post was written by Peter Douglas and it is posted on our website…we’ve been working together on inquiry-based teaching and learning. His classroom is our workshop! You can learn about our experience at Inquiry-Based.com.… More
I don’t know about you, but I am in the thick of exams. At the Senior Years level, we have been using exams as a huge summative assessment piece intended to perhaps supply a bookend to the year and establish some sort of “rigour” within the learning process.… More
Educators are well known for recycling. The so-called “21st Century Learning Skills”, as Bob McGahey of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation recently noted, are a classic example of the phenomenon. Anyone familiar with North American education over the past fifty years is immediately taken aback seeing such old panaceas being repackaged around technology as the solution to education’s current problems. … More
Cross posted from http://www.iwasthinking.ca/2013/05/25/refusing-to-fail/
I want to admit something. I often think about dying. That maybe it wouldn’t be so bad, for all the stress and overwhelm and intensity to end – when this world of mine just doesn’t seem to stop.… More
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