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Feb 26, 2018


By | 2018-04-15T22:04:53+00:00 February 26, 2018|Secondary|

Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it actually existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that. I didn’t call it Twitter, I called it “Notion Notes.” When I first came to Abbotsford, I taught grade 7. Besides having fun learning all that science and English, we also did fun things for their own [...]

Jun 22, 2015

How to Get an “A” in Free Time

By | 2018-04-15T22:10:28+00:00 June 22, 2015|Faith, Secondary|

What do you think about adding column on a report card assessing what students do during recess?Luigi Giussani, Italian priest, educator and intellectual, once told a group of parents that young people are not judged by how seriously, tenaciously and loyally they take to their school work, but by how they use their free time.They [...]

Apr 24, 2015

SPAM Haiku

By | 2018-04-15T22:09:29+00:00 April 24, 2015|Secondary|

Back in 1996, I had an idea. I think this idea was somehow inspired by my high school friend, Robin and by the latest advance in communication—email.  The idea: SPAM® haiku.At the time, I had 34, what we now call, contacts. They included Robin, of course, several university friends, and my colleagues at Abbotsford Christian School. [...]

Jan 23, 2015

Pigeons 101

By | 2018-04-15T22:08:52+00:00 January 23, 2015|21st Century Learning, Secondary, Whole Child Education|

I never learned as much as when I became a pigeon farmer.  I remember walking to the barns on the day of possession, wondering what I had gotten myself into. I was overwhelmed with the responsibility, and with my ignorance as to how to produce the young pigeons (squab) that were so coveted by the [...]

Nov 23, 2014

Not Another Project!!

By | 2018-04-15T22:08:09+00:00 November 23, 2014|21st Century Learning, Secondary|

When one of my kids came home on a Friday and declared, "I have to finish my project," I was filled with dread. Weekend plans were abandoned so I could try to achieve the impossible: learning the material the project was supposed to demonstrate, balancing my child's expectations with reality, understanding the standards against which the project would be [...]

Aug 8, 2014

Dear Diary…

By | 2018-04-15T22:12:50+00:00 August 8, 2014|Secondary|

After reading several blogs I wrote for posting this summer, Tanya, the editor of Inside Out, suggested I write something more personal—I should save the more academic posts for the fall. Personal? I was puzzled at first, but then I had an idea—I have this blank-page book I carry with me all the time; I [...]

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