Professional Learning: Does it work?

I have been doing some research lately into Training Evaluation, and quite unexpectedly have become intrigued at how we measure professional development and whether it really works. A lot of time, money, effort, resources, blood, sweat, and tears goes into PD. We as educators provide and receive PD regularly, but does it change our learning... Continue Reading →

New Pedagogies Please!!

Despite what we are taught in Teacher’s College, once in our own classrooms, many educators ‘default’ to teaching in the same ways that we learned from our own days in school? It only makes sense - those experiences have created the schemata we use for how education should work. Many educators have very fixed cognitive... Continue Reading →

Help! Our School Structures are outdated and the Digital Divide is growing!

This picture represents how learning was originally structured within school systems. One can make inferences about what was important in education in the 1800's. But how much have things changed since our Canadian school system was implemented? Are Students engaged? I can't help but think however, that for all of our new technologies and new... Continue Reading →

Questions for Knowledge, Development and Learning

  Knowledge is not a fixed entity. It is fluid and ever-changing. With that in mind, it is beneficial as educators to get into the habit of asking fundamental questions about knowledge. For instance, What is knowledge? How is knowledge produced? What knowledge do I have, and why is it different than someone else’s? Who... Continue Reading →

Learning Disabilities: Early Identification and Consistency

  In this day in age, some organizations definitely 'push' for early identification of children who have Learning Disabilities (LD). This is often in contrast to school systems who prefer to wait until children are 8 years old before diagnoses are made. However, early identification of LD's is warranted, because research does in fact demonstrate... Continue Reading →

It is not about Technology. It is about Pedagogy.

  In this era of rapid evolution of informational technology, new pedagogies are necessary to meet the demands of our connected world. This includes providing equal access and opportunity for students to partake, share and build knowledge in virtual spaces. Educators are creators, facilitators, curators and collaborators of knowledge in the 21st century, and technology plays a... Continue Reading →

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