Tag: Dean Shareski

In Scott McLeod and Dean Shareski’s book, “Different Schools for a Different World,” they discuss four shifts that “deeper learning” schools place their focus. They are the following: 1.  Higher-level thinking: The shift from an overwhelming emphasis on lower-level-thinking tasks, such as factual recall and procedural regurgitation, to tasks of greater cognitive complexity, such as creativity, … [Read more…]

Read More The Connection Between “Lower” and “Higher” Level Thinking

“Student Voice” is something that many schools are focusing on and for a good reason.  If we, as educators, understand that we serve our students and not the other way around, getting their thought and feedback for not only problems but solutions in moving our schools forward, is crucial. From my experience though, I have … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions for Reflection to Move Forward

It was a blessing to be able to connect with Jam Gamble on her podcast (coming out soon) talking about speaking this morning. Jam is one of those people that just has a way of making you feel better about yourself only by being in her presence, which is a fantastic (and rare) gift to … [Read more…]

Read More “Passive Learner” to “Active Creator”

It was a blessing to be able to connect with Jam Gamble on her podcast (coming out soon) talking about speaking this morning. Jam is one of those people that just has a way of making you feel better about yourself only by being in her presence, which is a fantastic (and rare) gift to … [Read more…]

Read More “Passive Learner” to “Active Creator”

As many educators across North America are about to go on Winter break, I know that the holidays do not necessarily mean “no stress,” but for some, could be a different kind of stress. The week before the break can be exhausting and John Spencer, recently wrote, “Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ideas For Taking Care of Yourself Before the Break

A small group of educators from Coquitlam gather at a restaurant where 10 of them take turns doing an Ignite talk. 20 slides, timed at 15 seconds, for a fixed total time of 5 minutes. Excited to be a part of #ignite43 with my old friend @datruss pic.twitter.com/yC1O343mcO — Dave Sands (@dhsands) September 29, 2017 […]

Read More #Ignite43 Eureka!

The short answer to the title of the post is “no”, you can’t be both “Child-Driven”and “Data-Driven”. Here is the long answer. When you have two focuses on what you are driven by, there will be times where one situation comes into conflict with the other. For example, when we “teach to the test” and not “to the child”, … [Read more…]

Read More Child-Driven and Data-Driven; Can you be both?

Just something I was thinking about the other day…excuse the ramble. Years ago as a principal and assistant principal, I would go to the same McDonald’s for breakfast about once a week and over four years, and the same young lady was working the drive-thru. After maybe two visits, I swore she would literally recognize … [Read more…]

Read More “Any path that leads to a happy and healthy life.”

Just something I was thinking about the other day…excuse the ramble. Years ago as a principal and assistant principal, I would go to the same McDonald’s for breakfast about once a week and over four years, and the same young lady was working the drive-thru. After maybe two visits, I swore she would literally recognize … [Read more…]

Read More “Any path that leads to a happy and healthy life.”

In our most recent #IMMOOC Live session, I had the pleasure to have a conversation with Katie Martin, AJ Juliani, and John Spencer.  As we are all discussing the importance of sharing your learning (process and product), one question that came up was along the lines of, “How do we ensure that this is seen … [Read more…]

Read More The Fear of Sharing #IMMOOC

I shared this post on my 'Pair-a-Dimes for Your Thoughts' blog back in November 2012. I went back to it this weekend and noticed that a considerable amount of the…

Read More Challenging the Status Quo

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness…

Read More Broken or Transforming?

[Version I: Just the Manifesto] My Open Educator Manifesto ‘We’ educate future citizens of the world Teaching is my professional practice I Share by default I am Open, Transparent, Collaborative,…

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Yesterday, I wrote a short post asking a question about change, and the response was overwhelming. If you have not read the comments in the entirety, there are some fantastic…

Read More You on Change