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 […]

Positively Memidemic

Dean Shareski started it! (And that's a good thing.) In his post It’s Not Really PD, Dean says about the (mis)use of the term 'Professional Development' ('PD') to describe an event: “I guess we butcher our language all the time. Using the word “awesome” to describe a great sandwich as well as the beauty of […]

iHub Garden Build

[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. […]

"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 […]

"world wide web visualization 4717 By Anthony Mattox on Flickr"

Data Driven Decisions in BC

With special thanks to Assistant Deputy Minister Paige MacFarlane, I had an opportunity to spend an afternoon a few weeks ago in a working session on Open Government. Vision ~ The Ministry of Education (MEd) will adopt an approach that demonstrates the Open Government principles of Transparency, Collaboration and Participation that supports the ministry’s core […]

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 […]

"Care or Fear"

Care or Fear

There are no possible reasons to comprehend why an ‘Idiot with a gun in Newtown’* would go into a school and take lives. None. In a comment on Angela Maiers post, There Is No Lesson Plan For Tragedy – Teachers YOU Know What To Do, I said, I’ve seen a number of blog posts where […]

The Stickiness Factor

Stickiness Part I – The Lesson “Do you remember me?” “Yes, you taught me Math.” (Actually I was his Vice Principal that taught him ONE grade 8 Math integers lesson.) “What grade are you in now?” “I’m in my final semester of Grade 12” “That’s great! What are your plans for next year?” “UBC for […]