To the Citizens of BC

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To the Citizens of British Columbia, Canada, How important is a good, free, public education system to you and to our society? How much should a collective ‘WE’ spend on creating the best possible public education for ALL of our children? Here are some graphs from Statistics Canada: Summary Elementary and Secondary School Indicators for Canada, the Provinces and Territories, 2006/2007 to 2010/2011 (Catalogue-no-81-595-M-No-099-Statistics-Canada) I encourage you to look at the whole document, and to … Continue reading

#10PercentLess

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What does it mean to be ‘Locked Out’ and to be paid 10% less? “Effective May 26, 2014, and continuing until further notice, your members will be locked out as described in this letter,” Michael Marchbank, public administrator for the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association, said in a letter to teachers’ federation president Jim Iker. …BCPSEA, the bargaining agent for the province’s 60 school boards, also said it would dock teachers’ pay by 5 per … Continue reading

Leading Change – 3 Images

Embracing, Resisting and Inspiring Change - David Truss

I enjoy using images to share ideas. In my last post, I shared the ‘Embracing Change’ image, also shared below. As I said in the post: “…we’ need to recognize that: * Change isn’t usually easy. * Change only happens when we create a need. * Change is not a thought or a discussion, but an action. * The time to act is now. “If it’s important, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find … Continue reading

Embracing Change

"Embracing Change - David Truss"

[Update: See more on the topic of Embracing Change in my May 19/2014 post on Leading Change.] I’m working on my Spotlight Presentation for Connect 2014: Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference. Here is my presentation description: Shifting Education – Embracing the Transformation A quick 3-part journey into my ‘Shifting’ series of blog posts that looks at embracing educational change, envisioning a bold new educational frontier, and leading change from where ever you may be in … Continue reading

Siphoning Off of Public Education

I try very hard to be positive about the future of education. I whole-heatedly believe that this is an exciting time to be an educator and that we are witnessing a Transformation in education. However, I can’t help but feel that, at least in BC, Canada, we are being threatened by a model where chronic under-funding, and the siphoning off of funds to counter cost pressures, is leading us into peril. “All districts, including growing … 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

Flexible Learning Opportunities

Image credits:
The Delta by Evan Leeson
Auburn by Gary Sauer-Thompson
Acrobaticc! By fa73
Underground by Nikos Koutoulas
Compass illustration by Alan Klim
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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

Twitter EDU

"Anatomy of a Tweet"

This is it. My one-stop-all-you-need-to-know-guide to Twitter. It’s the why and the how to get you started, to move you beyond the initial frustrations, and to create a fantastic learning network. TABLE OF CONTENTS (Click on any of these to go to that part of the post, on mobile devices you might just have to scroll down.) Why Twitter? *I’m new, where do I start? Beware if SPAM! What tools should I use? I’m struggling … 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

Finding Balance

Finding Balance ~ By David Truss

My original title for this image and this post was ‘Impossible Balance’, but it was too defeatist. I also realize that many more ‘rocks’ (or maybe ‘roles’) could have been added to the right side of the scale: Spirituality, Alone Time, Commuting, Hygiene, and (Social) Networking, to name a few. No matter what occupies your time, or what commitments you prioritize, it seems like finding balance is a challenge many of us face today. Furthermore, … Continue reading