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 »

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 »

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 pre-conference

February 16, 2011 Comments Off on Learning & the Brain pre-conference

So I’m here in sunny San Francisco at the Learning & The Brain conference titled “iGeneration: How the Digital Age is Altering Student Brains, Learning & Teaching.”  Heady stuff!  We started today with a pre-conference, divided between a morning session ... Read More »


December 31, 2010 Comments Off on Reflections

So, it’s the end of another year, and I haven’t posted in a while,so there are at least two reasons to have this post today.  This year has seen a lot of changes, not only in personal life, but professionally ... Read More »

SBG: An epiphany

SBG: An epiphany
July 4, 2010 6 Comments »

So I’ll be the first to admit that because of my wide variety of classes taught, my marking has been somewhat schizophrenic.  I don’t generally mark the same way in CPT as I do in History, French or Science, and ... Read More »

Process vs. product

May 17, 2010 1 Comment »

I’ve come to realise the underpinnings of a fundamental disagreement with the direction of education in my school and the province.  At heart, I’m a product-orientated person.  I don’t care how you do something as long as it gets done ... Read More »

PAATA Convention 2010 – My presentation

March 17, 2010 Comments Off on PAATA Convention 2010 – My presentation

Monday afternoon I gave a presentation on Personal Learning Networks.  I’m not sure I was at my best – not because my presentation was bad, but I’m not sure I managed to get across why I think PLNs are so ... Read More »

PAATA convention 2010 – Keynote

March 15, 2010 1 Comment »

Farley Flex, really?  Okay, I admire the things he’s done as a record producer, radio station manager and community activist, but we all know that the reason he’s in Prince Albert speaking to 1000 educators is that he’s a judge ... Read More »

Liberal beliefs held conservatively

September 15, 2009 6 Comments »

The middle of this last week was spent in Saskatoon at the UofR’s internship seminar.  The seminar itself was nothing to get excited about; fairly routine procedural stuff.  In the course of one of the discussions, however, an interesting debate ... Read More »


January 24, 2009 Comments Off on DIY PD

I’m no expert when it comes to educational technology.  I’ll be first in line to admit that.  However, I do have an interest in technology (evident to anyone who’s ever talked to me for more than 7.5 minutes), and that ... Read More »