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Data vs Scientific Thinking

January 19, 2016 - No Comments

I confess – I am somewhat confused by our education systems. I know, I know. We all are. We all are confused by about possibly 10,000 different things in our education system. There is one thing that confuses me more than…

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Successful Debate

January 12, 2016 - No Comments

I have a class of year 10 students who are often quite vocal with their opinions. Not all of them of course, but about 3/4 of the class are happy to tell you whatever is on their mind, at any…

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Sharing Resources

January 5, 2016 - 3 Comments

Teachers are strapped for time. You know that already. It seems like every term some new task is added to our plates. We are constantly being asked to do more administration, more data entry, more reporting, more justification of our…

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Using Independent Research Time to Teach Content

November 2, 2015 - No Comments

In order to preserve my voice and sanity, every now and then I’ll give an entire lesson over to the students to do independent research.

This isn’t random ‘here is a topic loosely related to the content’ research

This isn’t a usual worksheet on which they need to answer questions from a specific website.

It’s not even a webquest.

It’s the students learning the content through independent research.

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Outdoor Learning Part 1

September 11, 2015 - No Comments

Today we had a very enjoyable PD session. Our school has a small farm, reptile room, rodent room, and forestry. There is a whole department dedicated to this, along with associated subjects and extra-curricula clubs and activities. We had the…

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