Who’s Accountable?

Have you seen that comic that compares a parent teacher interview in 1960 to one in the year 2010? It’s the one that shows the 1960’s parents screaming at the kid over a failing mark while in recent times, both the parents and the kid are screaming at the teacher. Regardless of what message the comic sends, it raises the issue of...

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ThemeMap One: The Next Two Years

So, I’ve been working the past couple of days to bring together some of the ideas that have been presented in our first couple of weeks of collective thinking around what changes might be desirable and do-able in the next two years. A good start to some collaborative thought, I think! I’ve tried my best to encapsulate...

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Inquiry Approach versus Coverage Approach

I think educators around the world would agree that students need to be engaged and motivated to learn. We know from research that children learn best when they are active and have some ownership in their learning. Traditionally, with the coverage approach:students sat in rows, teachers assigned topics and isolated facts, teacher...

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Le changement réel en éducation d’ici 2 ans? La démystification

Mar 23, 12 Le changement réel en éducation d’ici 2 ans? La démystification

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My turn to add my two cents… Sensibiliser, déstabiliser, démystifier. Accompagner, autonomiser, partager, bâtir. (Inform, derail, demystify. Guide, empower, share, build.)   (Photo personnelle, Côtes d’Armor, France, 2010) Tel est le continuum que je perçois nécessaire pour une transformation, une vraie, en éducation....

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The How of Change in Education

Mar 22, 12 The How of Change in Education

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The two year time frame for change is significant to me – after this current school year, I will have two years left of “being a parent” in the system.  My daughters have joked and asked me if my advocacy for changes in education and schools would come after they have graduated.  I guess that is a statement about the pace of change...

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Early Learning: Changing the Rules of Engagement

 Two years from now, I want to be looking at an education system in Canada that has made a true commitment to the “early” part of the phrase “early learning”.  Although I think that there’s some hope that this will happen, it is going to require both political and social will to prevent the strategies...

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Changes for the Future that Support all Students

Mar 16, 12 Changes for the Future that Support all Students

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I thought long and hard about what changes are necessary in education and which changes are possible to make in the next two years.  Looking at the students that I work with (students with learning disabilities), I thought about what change would benefit them the most.  The answer is UDL – Universal Design for Learning. ...

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Creating Space for Change

Mar 16, 12 Creating Space for Change

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Of course, my post is late…I swear I spent a lot of time thinking about just how I wanted to frame this very important imagination process. You will have to forgive me for the delay, I am currently in Vietnam on part of my four month Asia adventure and technically I wasn’t supposed to be working, but when I heard about...

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What kinds of changes could we make during the next two years?

Mar 15, 12 What kinds of changes could we make during the next two years?

Posted by in Connecting With, General Discussion

 The most important change to make in education, which is completely doable during the next two years, is to connect many more educators and schools to each other. So many of our schools are isolated silos with people working diligently to recreate the wheel (or involved in educational practices which, while well-intentioned, are...

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Using WiFi for Change

Mar 15, 12 Using WiFi for Change

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When imagining a change that is both valuable and do-able in the next two years, I feel the installation of wireless access points (wifi) is one of the greatest changes starting to occur in schools. As an illustration, over the next couple of years our School Board plans to have 100% wifi coverage in all schools. The primary reason...

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