Teachers on Fire
Profiling agents of growth and transformation in K-12 Education
Profiling agents of growth and transformation in K-12 education. Advocating for collaboration, communication, creation > consumption, critical thinking, design thinking, growth mindset, inquiry, PBL, and strategic uses of technology in education.

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I’m writing this post from a delightful cafe in a quaint little touristy town near my home.
The sunshine is pouring in through three walls of windows.
Steam from my freshly brewed coffee wafts lazily upward.
A creamy slice of carrot cake sits waiting…

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Love or hate the policy decision — speaking, teaching, and breathing just became physically easier for exhausted educators across North America.
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark your thinking and ignite your practice. These short…

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The reality: not every student has submitted the required products for a particular learning activity by the due date or deadline. What should the responsible teacher do?
Here’s how some teachers respond:
They update checklists of unsubmitted…

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I knew that if we were to improve this student-teacher relationship and get learning back on track, this student would need to feel fully heard by the teacher. And the teacher would need to feel heard by the student. A meeting seemed like a logical…

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We recognize that our assessment beliefs and practices fundamentally shape every other aspect of learning that occurs in the school environment.
As such, we engage in constant professional learning and seek to apply evidence-based thinking to our…

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Following the thread, I had a startling realization. It’s a thought that I’m sure has crossed many educators’ minds over the last two years.
We don’t even let our middle schoolers behave like this.
Welcome to SPARKS: mini-segments intended to spark…

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How could you be so sure that your wonderful class or school community was X … only to hear that others view it as Y?
Simple. You’re doing lots of great things within your own walls. But you’re doing a really bad job of telling your story.
Welcome to…

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Dale Carnegie once said that “A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.”
And so it is. If we want to build meaningful culture, community, and relationships in our schools, we need to learn our students’…

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This episode comes to you from a Tim Hortons coffee shop. Host Tim Cavey is joined by fellow edu podcasters Tim Stephenson (Science 360) and Bryon Carpenter (Fresh Air at Five).
This is a learning conversation. We talk about what’s firing us up, the…

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Guess what, administrators. If you want your educators to teach responsively, dynamically, and sustainably, then you’ve got to create safe spaces for experimentation.
That means that it has to be okay for teachers to try some new things. To leave the…

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Author

Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.