Flexible Learning Opportunities

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The Delta by Evan Leeson
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Later this morning I will be a member of a Panel on the topic of “Flexible Learning“, at the 2014 BC Distributed Learning Conference. [Updates added after the session.] We will each be given 3-4 minutes to share our opening remarks, and with those remarks we could have one slide. Here is the slide that I created: Here is my breakdown of the slide and what I have to say about it. I’ll both start … Continue reading

Training and Coaching

I’m at my daughter’s synchronized swimming Provincials. She just finished her combo routine and there is over an hour wait for her Team routine. Having trained for water polo just one pool bulkhead away from National level synchronized swimmers, I’ve always had high regard for their athleticism. With my daughter training 22+ hours a week this past year, that high regard has increased. She does far more cross-training (outside the pool), with strength conditioning and … Continue reading

Students Talk about Learning at Inquiry Hub

Inquiry Hub Students Present in a Webinar

I’d like to thank Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey at PersonalizeLearning.com for inviting some our our Inquiry Hub students to present in a Webinar. I asked for their permission to share their post here and again want to thank them for allowing me to do so. I hope you enjoy the presentation and would love to hear your thoughts on what our students shared. ~~~ Kids Talk about Learning at The Inquiry Hub The Personalize Learning … Continue reading

Shifting Learning – Presentation for RSCON4

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Shifting Learning  – What Did You Learn At School Today? We hear a lot these days about project based learning, inquiry based learning, etc… What does that mean? What does it look like when schools shift away from “drill and kill” learning towards big ideas, questions, and “no right answer” kind of learning? And what kind of questions can ‘we’ ask to  support students in their learning? That was the presentation description that I shared … Continue reading

A framework for inquiry

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On Monday at the Inquiry Hub, when students come to school this Points of Inquiry image is going to be in all classrooms and learning spaces. Here is where the image comes from: The Points of Inquiry – A Framework for Information Literacy and the 21st-Century Learner – BCTLA. In year two at the iHub, we are getting students to dig into inquiry challenges right away. As teachers bounce from student to student we seem … Continue reading

Behaviour Modification

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Last year I wrote Classes of Donkeys, about a tool called ‘Class Dojo’. Just recently Karen Langdon wrote Thinking About Classroom Dojo – Why Not Just Tase Your Kids Instead? It basically approaches the same concerns I have, but from a different angle… and it adds further value by suggesting alternative approaches to dealing with behaviour issues in what I’d consider more appropriate ways than punishment/reward behaviour modification. I thought I’d take a quick moment … Continue reading

Perpetual Beta

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A while back, I wrote that best practice is still just practice. Teaching is a practice. We practice teaching. We have an obligation to do our best, but that will ultimately change as we… practice. If we want to apply ‘best practice’ to teaching, then we need to look at ourselves as role model learners. We need to be relentless learners striving to be our best. We need to be self-reflective, we need to seek … Continue reading

The Inquiry Hub – Bright Ideas Gallery

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On his personal blog, Greg Miyanaga wrote this on a post about innovation: For the last eighteen months, I have been investigating innovation in my school district. I interview teachers who are trying interesting things in their classrooms. Greg is losing this part-time position due to some budget cuts that, in my opinion, have completely devastated Coquitlam’s Staff Development department. I hope that the Coquitlam School District ‘Bright Ideas Gallery’ will continue next year in … Continue reading

iHub Garden Build

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[Cross-Posted on the HUB Blog] Last Friday three students at the Inquiry Hub Secondary School, in Coquitlam BC, organized a garden build. It started with Grade 9 student, Shauna, applying for and getting a World Wildlife Fund grant. This led to some inquiry questions around the best soil, water and temperature conditions for growing lettuce. And Friday’s garden build was the latest progress in developing an urban/inquiry garden for our school. Everything about this garden … Continue reading

Disruptive Forces

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I found myself in an interesting Twitter discussion with @backcountrynut – Sean Beaton, @adlcprojects – Jason Wiks, @laurelbeaton – Laurel Beaton, and @web20classroom – Steve W. Anderson, a few days back. In this conversation Jason said, “I think that the last disruption in ed was from elite ed to mass ed in the 1900′s” @adlcprojects Sean continued the thought, “To be disruptive it must transform the model. Really hasn’t happened for 100yrs – which is surprising. … Continue reading