How Harmonious Are Your Passions?

voicEd.ca has invited Canadian bloggers writing about education to post their “best” entry of 2012. This may a piece of writing  to which they feel particularly attached, something that received some good response, or an entry that got others thinking in a different way. We’ll be featuring these pieces in this space over the next...

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CARRY YOUR OWN COSTS

Nov 25, 12 CARRY YOUR OWN COSTS

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This semester, I’ve continued my practice around student enterprise in a Grade 12 Business classroom. I’ve tried to frame our classroom activity (the enduring understanding) around ‘Creating Value’ and ‘Making Exchange’. “What are you building?” I’ve asked time and again. “Who is it for?” Two of my students are routinely late for...

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Book Review: A Case For Struggling Students

Sep 21, 12 Book Review: A Case For Struggling Students

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I just finished reading Paul Tough’s book ‘How Children Succeed. It’s been all over the press; the Labour Day issue of The Globe and Mail, NPRs This American Life, Daniel Pink and other sources of thoughtful media. The basic premise is that non-cognitive skills, abilities other than intelligence, are keys to realising personal...

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The Value of I Don’t Knows

This is cross-posted to Eric’s web site, Life Well Spent. Last week, I read about an experiment that paired young students with educational robots. The research concluded that these children learned best with robots that made mistakes relative to those robots that gave the right answers. While it’s no news to say that we...

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A Broader Notion of Character

This summer, I’m spending some of my time reviewing the scholarship on Character Education. Much of the research makes clear that developing character in students is more than an exercise in ethics and manners, but includes student capacity for mastering activity, as well as capacity for relating to others. “While core...

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