Blog postings

I write about themes of interest to me: personal development, education, addictions, technology, parenting, and creativity. If you like what you see, feel feel to leave a comment or get in touch to continue the conversation.

Twitter for Educators

Twitter is a map of the human imagination: changeable, inventive, sometimes strange, always surprising. And, like the imagination, it follows our intentions, impulses, proclivities, and whims. Twitter is much more than an online tool, much broader than the notion of a website, and much more interesting than it first seems ...

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Technology in Education

The landscape of education has changed more rapidly in the past decade than in the previous hundred years. New technologies challenge established norms. Emerging practices promise new modes and methods. Cultural, economic, and social changes encourage (and perhaps even demand) a comprehensive review of what education is, and what it ...

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The Reinvention of Teaching

Some popular views: the primary school system stifles creativity; high school is a minefield of bullying and conformity; university is a treadmill for earning increasingly irrelevant acronyms. The education system done be broke.

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Convocation Address for Kwantlen Polytechnic University

There is a crossroads, and a gate, in all the old tales. On one side lies the known, the practiced, the familiar. And on the far side, unseen and unimagined, lies the Other: the one we left behind, who has been waiting all this time. That threshold is a holy ...

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Thoughts for the Upcoming Semester

Anyone who has spent time in a classroom will know that traditional teaching methods -- authorial, minimally interactive, focused on individual effort as opposed to collaborative experience -- are not the best way to learn what we need to know. Accordingly, we forget much of what we learn in school and remember ...

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A Brief Rumination on Teaching

The essential task of a teacher -- whether in the school system, the family, or the community -- is not to impart information. A teacher's knowledge of a given subject area is almost incidental. A teacher does not, in fact, teach.

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Improving the Classroom: Five Easy Steps

1. Approach Teaching as a Devotion

The quality of an instructor’s presence has more impact on the learning environment than any other single factor. Love what you do, acknowledge the potentially profound role you play in a learner’s life. Get past the politics and the drudgery and the ...

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Strategies for Creative Teaching

Teaching (in its various forms) is one of the most influential roles in society. After parenting, it is perhaps the most crucial, for all ages. And yet, teaching — whether to children or adults — is a profession in which few practitioners have any substantial training. Some instructors have certificates or degrees ...

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