If They Can


One of my favourite quotes in education is from Ross Greene, “Kids do well if they can”. I’ve shared this video many times and have reached the point where I don’t remember who I have and have not shared it with. (I’ve probably shared it on this blog before.) Kids Do Well if They Can Ross Greene #1 – YouTube I want to add just a few thoughts on this idea, on 3 different levels: … Continue reading

YELL – Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad Venture Challenge


The Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) Venture Challenge – 2 day finals were held on May 1st and 2nd, 2015. From the Event Brochure: Welcome to the 2nd Annual YELL Venture Challenge! The YELL Venture Challenge is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. The friendly competition is judged by a panel of judges who function as venture capital investors (in some cases are … Continue reading

Teaching is dead, long live the teacher!

Alexander and pupil Aristotle

Teaching is dead, long live the teacher! Technology is creeping into every classroom. I say ‘creeping’ because a large part of a typical student’s day at many schools can still be defined by activities involving paper, a pen or pencils, and worksheets or textbooks… Useful tools that should only have a small role in teaching today. The problem is that teaching, where the tools are primarily used for sharing static information, is dead. A large part … Continue reading

Community, Relationships and Rhizomatic Learning

Dave Cormier Slide - Mentor Learning

I’m at the BC Digital Learning Conference in Burnaby BC. Yesterday I went to the pre-conference session ‘Beyond DL (Part 1) Emerging Models Integrating Distributed Learning in BC Schools’, a panel discussion with: Verena Roberts, Jeff Stewart, Brad Hutchinson, Dean Coder, Bruce Weitzel, Karen Flello, moderated by Randy LaBonte. A common theme inspired by Verena was the ideas that even with online learning… relationships are the most important thing that we need to focus on with students. … Continue reading

The 2015 CEA Ken Spencer Award goes to Inquiry Hub

The Canadian Education Association's 2015 Ken Spencer Award has awarded Inquiry Hub Secondary School with first place. This is a great honour for our school, in just its 3rd year! Special thanks goes to teacher John Sarte who oversaw the application process. Special thanks also goes to our parent community, and of course our students who are at our school. Being new and small, we are still developing our community, learning, and adjusting as we … Continue reading

Invisible Technology


Technology should be present but ‘invisible’. When we pick up a pen or pencil, we don’t call it a ‘pencil activity’, the same goes for any other technology. Blogging isn’t blogging, it’s conversing, editing, creative writing, expository writing, journalism, reflection, presenting, and so much more… As I have shared before, it is not the tool, but how you use it that matters! When the technology becomes invisible, we can focus more on the learning. [Update: … Continue reading

Transforming Our Learning Metaphors #yvrignite


I made a sound recording of the presentation that I did at the Discovery Education YVR Ignite Session yesterday, and then I added the recording to my timed slides. This was an inspiring event, thank you to Dean Shareski for organizing it and providing me with the honour of presenting. I’ll have more to blog about this event later. Until then, here is my presentation. — Photo Credits (in order that they appear): Title Photo: … Continue reading

Not Yet Blended Learning


There is a lot of talk these days about Blended Learning. However: “Increasing student opportunities to engage with technology — such as teachers using flipped classroom strategies, a school computer lab, and computers using digital curriculum in the classroom – are all steps in the right direction, but don’t meet the full potential of blended learning. If it doesn’t change instructional practices, schedules, relationships and resource allocations, there’s still room to grow!”  (Source) Blended learning … Continue reading

4 notes on taking notes


This made me laugh. I saw this image (source unknown) and saved it to my photos on my iPad. Later that day, I tweeted it out and since then it has had quite a response. And then the teacher said… You may take notes. pic.twitter.com/4xYBAKi2jN — David Truss (@datruss) June 3, 2014 In one of the responses to this tweet, Maurizio Basso (@moba3030) said, “@datruss so true seeing more of this. As long as they … Continue reading

Leading in a time of…


Anyone who regularly reads my blog would know that in the last year there are two key elements of leadership that I have been struggling with. The more current one involves the teacher dispute going on in BC and my sense of frustration and feelings of helplessness as I watch a good educational system suffer in ways that will take some time to recover from. The other element that I’ve struggled with is the time … Continue reading