On Historical Erasure

On Historical Erasure
September 2, 2017 Comments Off on On Historical Erasure

As Confederate monuments fall in the US, and Ontario school debate removing the name of Sir John A. Macdonald from elementary schools, I thought it would be a good time to talk about historical erasure. I have a special interest ... Read More »

My thoughts on #bit14

My thoughts on #bit14
November 12, 2014 Comments Off on My thoughts on #bit14

So last week, I was in Niagara Falls for the Bring IT Together conference, put on by the Education Computing Organisation of Ontario (ECOO) and the Ontario Association of School Business Officials (OASBO).  I had originally gone to the conference thinking it ... Read More »

Big News Week

Big News Week
March 2, 2013 1 Comment »

So, two big pieces of news this week: – we bought a minivan – I got accepted to an M.Ed program So, our Veracruz had reached the end of its life with use, so we were looking to replace it ... Read More »

STF Information session thoughts

September 9, 2011 Comments Off on STF Information session thoughts

Much of the information presented at the information session is confidential, so I won’t be getting into details (teachers who want details should visit the “For Members” section of the STF website – the general public can just wait for ... Read More »

Prince Albert teachers march, redux

May 26, 2011 Comments Off on Prince Albert teachers march, redux

This morning, I posted photos of the first half of a day of marching to the MLA offices for the Prince Albert area. I have a short video of the march, so you can see the number of teachers and ... Read More »

A good deed

May 26, 2011 3 Comments »

As most people in Saskatchewan are aware, the public school teachers are on strike this week for two days.  The level of rhetoric has become heated both in traditional media (radio and print, mostly) and digitally.  I thought I’d try ... Read More »

A good word

A good word
May 20, 2011 2 Comments »

A teaching friend of mine sent around this letter recently.  It’s written in response to CBC Radio Morning Edition’s Scott Watson’s take on the May 5th walkout.  I don’t know the teacher who wrote it, but I think it bears ... Read More »

Powerful message

May 20, 2011 Comments Off on Powerful message

We showed the following video to all of our students this week: It’s a powerful message that needs to be seen by young people, particularly as we (in Canada) head into the first long weekend of the summer season.  Students ... Read More »

2011 PAATA Convention Cybersafety Keynote

March 24, 2011 3 Comments »

Day two of convention is usually STF day, where members of our provincial professional association come in and talk to us about education in Saskatchewan.  Interestingly, the keynote for the day is a former OPP cyber-security expert who does presentations ... Read More »

PAATA Convention 2011 Keynote

March 21, 2011 2 Comments »

So, last year, I posted a fairly scathing critique of the keynote speaker, Farley Flex, largely because as a non-educator, he didn’t have a ton to say to teachers.  Obviously, someone at the convention committee was listening, because this year, ... Read More »

Learning & the Brain post-conference

February 19, 2011 Comments Off on Learning & the Brain post-conference

So, the conference is over, but there are a couple of session for which you could pay extra to attend.  We picked one on actual classroom skills that we thought would be good.  We were wrong… Teaching and Learning 21st ... Read More »

Learning & the Brain conference: Day Three Keynotes

February 19, 2011 Comments Off on Learning & the Brain conference: Day Three Keynotes

Today was the last day of the conference, and the three keynotes were once again full of information. Here are my notes from the morning: Faulty Connections: How School Reform Ignores How the Brain Works Dr. Gerald N. Tirozzi, PhD ... Read More »