Year 2013

Formative Assessment in OneNote

My own teaching practice, and my prioritization for teacher professional development, has been greatly influenced by Black & Wiliam’s Inside the Black Box and, more recently, Hattie’s work on changes in teaching and learning that have some demonstrable effectiveness across…

Milestones (for a Mentor)

We received great news this week: we’ve been designated a Microsoft Mentor School for 2014; one of only three across Canada. From the website: schools must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and the ability to overcome obstacles in preparing students to…

Pretend you’re a teenager

A picture à propos of nothing, except perhaps the recognition of the dying days of a teacher’s summer vacation One of the major aspects of my job (and admittedly, one of my favourites) is finding ways to smooth out wrinkles…

I’d give my right _A_R_M to assess better

We had a really successful year last year when we rolled out the OneNote Binders … and now we’ve responded to some of the feedback as we prepare to provide this year’s version. Students have become accustomed to using the…

Calendars, the first five of two

As we continue to prepare for the coming academic year (we don’t start classes until the week after Labour Day) I’ve begun to prepare the data for the Faculty. One of the introductions last year was the “Duty Calendar” —…

Presentations R Me

I mentioned it in yesterday’s blog post and realized I hadn’t discussed it before. I had done a presentation on line with Lync and although Lync does do recordings, the presentation was pretty dynamic with questions coming from the participants.…

Improving the message

Our Guidance Department hold a series of information nights throughout the year and the most recent one was on our School’s curriculum.  We do follow the provincial (i.e. government) curriculum so that our students leave with the expected high school…