Category Archives: General

The Procustean Bed (…or “one-size-fits-all”)

Recently there has been much talk about the need to question/challenge/change the current “factory model” of education.  I’ve personally mentioned Frederick Winslow Taylor’s theory of Scientific Management, Sir Ken Robinson’s RSA video and TED Talk, and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick … Continue reading

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Damien Lewis’ other role…

Damien Lewis just won a Golden Globe Award for his role on the hit TV series “Homeland”.  He was also the main character in the mini-series “Band of Brothers”. What you may not know is that Damien Lewis is also … Continue reading

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Heartbreak

That’s all I can think to say right now…

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The Progressive Paradigm…

I wrote the following post in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected president.  I was reminded of it when he was re-elected last month.   In 1948 a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of the American League hugged a teammate … Continue reading

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“Why TAG?” – Teacher Advisor Effectiveness…

The other day we were discussing counseling needs at our secondary schools and how the role of high school counselors has changed over time.  Just like everything else in public education, it is likely that the changes will continue to … Continue reading

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“No Time”

My 22 year old daughter gave me a book called “No Time” for my birthday a couple of months back.  She said, “It’s a good book, dad… but I know you won’t have (or make) time to read it.”  I … Continue reading

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Stopping to think about it…

I was recently re-reading Alfie Kohn’s 2007 post about “Rethinking Homework.”   It was a line in the first paragraph that caught my attention.  He writes, “After spending most of the day in school, children are typically given additional assignments to … Continue reading

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When the truck is stuck…

Changing the culture of a school or district is hard to do.  Pushing a half-ton truck out of a snow bank is hard too. Teachers can work 24/7 behind closed doors to make a difference for the kids in their … Continue reading

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Advice from John Abbott…

John Abbott, president of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, just spent a very full 48 hours in our district.  He did four different presentations to staff, students, parents and community members.  He toured the Energetic Learning Campus and spent time … Continue reading

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What we learn from our heroes…

One of my heroes passed away a few weeks ago. Gord Strate was a member of the Fort St. John Flyers back in the early 60’s when I first became a hockey fan.  He’d played for the Detroit Red Wings … Continue reading

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