How do you know when students are learning?

Students Learing - Right Questions - David Truss

Yesterday after school I was in the hallway at Inquiry Hub, talking to a student about an idea he is launching with one of our teachers, iHub Talks. These talks, organized by students, will be presentations on diverse topics aimed to have appeal to a variety of students and community members. During the hallway conversation another student approached us and waited for a polite time to interrupt. He told the student I was talking to that … Continue reading

Getting it right

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When you work in a small, innovative school, you are always looking at the things that still need to be done. To use a sailing analogy, you are constantly tacking and maneuvering to adjust to the changing winds. This is easier to do in a ‘small ship’ and is often required to be done more than in a big (institutional) ship. So, you are continually looking at how to address needs of students, staff, parents, … Continue reading

YELL – Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad Venture Challenge

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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

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

Not Yet Blended Learning

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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

Renaissance Revival

"Renaissance Fair Collage"

A couple weeks ago, I received an invite to a ‘Renaissance Fair‘ at a neighbouring Middle School. It was an honour to be invited, since the reason for the invite was that they based the fair on the model Don Gordon wrote about in the paper I linked to above. It was an even greater honour when I went to the fair and the teacher told me that he specifically used my ‘da Vinci Project’ … 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

What Did You Learn at School Today – Parent Presentation

Here is the ‘Parent’ version of my #RSCON presentation: Shifting Learning – What Did You Learn at School Today? I did this presentation just a couple days before the Reform Symposium and it really is similar… Shorter, and with questions at the end geared more to parents than teachers, but essentially the same presentation. You can find What Did You Learn at School Today on the DPAC43 YouTube Channel. Special thanks to Heidi Hass Gable for inviting … 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