Learning and Failure

  Failure can be very unproductive. It can stem from a lack of effort, resources, support, knowledge, and reflection. Failure can also be an amazing tool for learning, and perhaps one that every student should experience before graduation. Stephen Whiffin, who conceptualized the Inquiry Hub, suggested that every student should have ‘My Epic Failure’ as […]

The Points of Inquiry_ A Framework for Information Literacy and the 21st-Century Learner - Barbara Stripling - BCTLA

A framework for inquiry

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, […]

Perpetual Beta

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. […]

What's falling of the back of your truck?

Leadership and Capacity

“I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only one that wishes I had more capacity to do the things I really want to do as a leader.” I said that on a post about Leadership and Management back in October. Two weeks ago, as my school year for the Inquiry Hub was coming to […]

Godin – The cost of neutral

In a compelling blog post, ‘The cost of neutral‘, Seth Godin says, “Not adding value is the same as taking it away.” The short, poignant post is directed to you, the individual reader, and urges you to step up, participate, and do more than what you are expected or told to do. Godin is essentially […]

"Roy Henry Vickers ~ Photo by David Truss"

The Teachings of Roy Henry Vickers

Roy Henry Vickers (Tlakwagila Copperman) – Artist Biography, LinkedIn, @RHVickers —– It was the morning after Titia and Servaas’ wedding and I was flying home from Smithers, BC to Vancouver later that afternoon. The newlyweds were at the hotel (with two cars), helping other guests get to the airport for their respective flights. Titia said, “Dave, you […]

Blurring-Identity

My 7th Blogiversary

I write for me, I share with you, and the world seems a little smaller. Just like last year, here is my blog’s year in review: The posts I’ve written and a quote from each. I hope that you will find something that appeals to you. (Mouse-over the post title links to find out a bit more […]

A new tragedy of the commons

The Tragedy of the Commons: In economics, the tragedy of the commons is the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one’s self-interest, despite their understanding that depleting the common resource is contrary to their long-term best interests. ~ Wikipedia Have you ever been on a highway and […]

Leadership and Management

Part 1 I drew a rough draft of the image above in a leadership meeting with Tom Grant. Tom shared this quote on his blog, shortly after the meeting. “I can think of nothing so conspicuously missing in the effort to improve our schools as the continuous engagement of teachers and principals in constructing visions […]