What is your Philosophy of Education?

Although you may not think so, you have a philosophy of education. It’s there just under the surface, unseen, but affecting every decision you make as a teacher or life-long learner. Do you see learners as: blank slates on which to write; empty cups to fill; or, flames to be...Read more

21st Century Skills

I include the following sentence in my personal statement on Instructional Leadership: Acknowledging that today’s learners are different from previous cohorts, I accept the challenge to collaboratively prepare them for a future that, today, we cannot clearly describe. Many of the jobs that current high school students will have in...Read more

The Power of Yet

The key concept underpinning Growth Mindset are key to learning — but the messaging must be tuned to the audience. For an adult educator audience, Carol Dweck’s Ted Talk may well resonate and encourage teachers to promote a growth mindset. Though the message is important, for skeptical young learner, the...Read more

Problem Solving

Fixed mindset and uncertainty avoiding behaviours are both obstacles to problem solving. So, how do we overcome these? By scaffolding their problem solving processes.  I tell my students this as I encourage a disciplined approach to problem solving that is nicely summarized by the mnemonic G*R*A*S*S: What is Given? What information...Read more