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

Accept challenge! Struggle is good!

The bull’s eye diagram certainly generates discussion: comfort zone: the student can already do the target learning tasks without help; panic zone: the student cannot do the target learning tasks; and learning zone: (aka. Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development) the student can do the target learning tasks with help. First,...Read more

Growth mindset and rubrics

As is common in other learning management systems, BrightSpace (aka. D2L) allows instructors to attach rubrics to evaluation and assessment criteria. In Ontario, the levels are commonly described generically — yawn — as L4, L3, L2, L1,  R (aka L0). Acknowledging the power of yet, why not replace these generic...Read more