Week 9 – A Student Teacher in Flipped Physics

Nov 02, 14 Week 9 – A Student Teacher in Flipped Physics

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Originally posted on my blog here. Now that I am in my sixth year of teaching I am able to host a student teacher in my classroom. I was lucky enough to get one this semester that is an aspiring physics teachers but this also meant that I had to think about how I would approach having a student teacher in my flipped classroom. When...

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When Collaboration Becomes An Echo Chamber

Oct 29, 14 When Collaboration Becomes An Echo Chamber

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In my last post in this space, I began to explore some recent work by Dr. Steven Katz related to the topic of effective Professional Learning and, in particular, some poignant thinking about what actually counts as learning. Allow me to return to Katz’s work, Intentional Interruption: Breaking Down Learning Barriers to...

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Effective Professional Learning: The Permanence Factor

Oct 13, 14 Effective Professional Learning: The Permanence Factor

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So, I have to admit that I’ve been struggling a little with the very challenge that I posed to the voicEd.ca community a couple of weeks ago. The task of recalling a moment of effective, if not outstanding, professional learning may, at first blush, seem like an easy task. After all, as educators and administrators, talk of...

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Week 4 & 5 – The Passion for Teaching

Oct 03, 14 Week 4 & 5 – The Passion for Teaching

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Originally posted here. As a proud Queen’s University alumnus I eventually read through all of the issues of the Queen’s Alumni Review that make it to my mailbox. I have been inspired by a couple of articles over the years about a couple of stellar professors there that are using more modern teaching styles that are...

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Blogging: A Model For Effective Professional Learning

Oct 02, 14 Blogging: A Model For Effective Professional Learning

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I actually shared my thoughts about this at edcampSWO/edcampLondon last year and at the Ontario Teachers’ Federation Minds on Media session in Markham this summer.  The talk was called “The Best PD”. I framed my thoughts by going in the other direction.  What was the least effective professional learning experience?  That was...

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Effective Professional Learning—A New Topic For Discussion

For many of us, the turning of the calendar from September to October will come as a bit of surprise. Isn’t it amazing how that first month of the new school year always seems to move by so quickly. We’ve just got settled and, for some, unsettled and resettled in our school lives and we’re already talking about...

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Week 3 – Students Recognize Need for Timely Feedback

Sep 22, 14 Week 3 – Students Recognize Need for Timely Feedback

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Originally posted here. In my Grade 11 Physics class I have had the chance to see how well they are capable of working together. I am seeing students helping each other with concepts, asking one another questions, and working through problems together. They are often asking their questions in pairs or groups – which is great....

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Week 2 – Students Settling Into Their Needs

Sep 13, 14 Week 2 – Students Settling Into Their Needs

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Originally posted here. I have had the chance to see many of my students start to settle in and figure out some of their learning needs. I tried to accentuate my reasons for using a flipped class model, one of those reasons being that I want them to make the learning environment into their own – that they should explore and...

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We’re Baaaack!

Sep 08, 14 We’re Baaaack!

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Originally posted here. A new school year always comes with new ideas, new excitement, new students, and new personal goals. One of my goals this year is to blog more often! I have probably said this before, and I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with what I would like to do, but I am going to give it a go.This...

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We Have a Dream

Sep 08, 14 We Have a Dream

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“I have a dream.” Millions were inspired by those words. Now if Martin Luther King had said, “I have a strategic plan” or “I have a set of performance indicators”, do you think the effect would have been the same? It is a dream, or a vision – a shared vision, that motivates groups of people...

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