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21st Century Schools: Take Me To Your Leader

Jul 01, 12 21st Century Schools: Take Me To Your Leader

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Over the past several years, I have watched as many of my friends with whom I began my career as a teacher have moved into administrative roles. The position of school principal is seen by many as representing the pinnacle of success in education and, although I ventured down the path to earning full principal qualifications...

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Summer Reading

I am pleased to recommend four novels for your summer reading enjoyment. My friend, colleague and retired elementary school principal, Catherine Astolfo, has written a series of four crime novels, the “Emily Taylor Mystery Series”. Emily Taylor is an elementary school principal in the small, Eastern Ontario town of Burchill. In the...

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Some Traditions Must Survive

Once upon a time and not so long ago the children in Grade 8 in schools across Ontario celebrated the completion of 10 years of formal schooling. The celebration took the form of a “graduation” ceremony followed by a beautiful party that saw boys and girls elegantly dressed, happy and full of anticipation for what awaits them...

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Fishing for your educational passion!

Jun 16, 12 Fishing for your educational passion!

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I was listening to the weekly fishing, hunting and outdoor show on our local radio station this morning. It’s not that I’m really into fishing and hunting, but I listen during my weekly trek to the grocery store because I love the passion that the hosts and the guests have for their sport. This morning was all about...

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The Rules of Engagement: Taking a Critical Look

Jun 12, 12 The Rules of Engagement: Taking a Critical Look

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Yesterday, educator and voicEd.ca author, Erik Rosenberg posted a video about 21st century learning, student engagement and the future of education. I would encourage all of you to take the time to view it, and then let’s talk about it. The video itself really doesn’t make a lot of new points about the push towards...

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13 minutes on Student Engagement

Here’s a link to a short film, very professional and intelligent and worth watching, that makes a clear case why the industrial model of schooling cannot prepare students for the 21st...

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140 Voices

Jun 11, 12 140 Voices

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The 140 Voices project was co-developed by Rodd Lucier and Zoe Branigan-Pipe, who are working to bring co-learners to life through a collaborative project called 140 Voices.  The 7 Degrees of Connectedness was created in part to help explain the 140 Voices project.  Why 140 Voices? It’s the number of seconds that anyone can spare...

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