Month: April 2012

Caine’s Arcade: Who Says Learning Can’t be Fun?

I love this video for many reasons. It’s an amazing example of the kindness of the human spirit, but also an amazing example of how play can translate into learning. Think of how many skills Caine must have picked up building his arcade! Critical thinking, problem solving, mathematical, literary and spatial to start. He also

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Private Claude H. Cox; 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry

Vimy Ridge has always held a special place for me as a Canadian historian and educator. Beyond its status as a nation-maker though, Vimy has a personal pull as well. My Grandma Fraser’s uncle (making him my Great-Great Uncle) fought with the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry at Vimy Ridge. He survived the initial attack, only

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This Week in Canadian History (April 9-15)

April 9, 1917 – For the first time in their history, all four Divisions of the Canadian Corps fight together, under then-General Arthur Currie and Canadian Corps Commander Sir Julian Byng, at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. With extensive rehearsals, shared knowledge of targets amongst ranks and the creeping barrage technique, almost 100,000 Canadian troops,

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TED Talk: Diana Laufenberg — How to learn? From mistakes.

A bit of a late-night post, but after an inspiring #edchat, I went looking for more inspiration from my favourite source, TED Talks. This is a fantastic one. Diana Laufenberg, an American educator, talks about providing authentic learning opportunities for students by posing a problem and letting them own it, mistakes and all.

We deal right now in the educational landscape with an infatuation with the culture of one right answer that can be properly bubbled on the average multiple choice test. I am here to share with you, it is not learning… to tell kids to never be wrong. To ask them to always have the right answer doesn’t allow them to learn.”


One of my favourite takeaways (besides the quote above) was a belief that I share with Laufenberg, and one we could all be reminded of in our hustle-and-bustle world of education:

The things that kids will say when you ask them and take the time to listen is extraordinary.

This Week in Canadian History (April 2-8)

April 2, 1871 – The first Census of the new Dominion of Canada is taken. Our population? About 3,689,250 strong, with approx. 2,110,500 claiming British origins and approx. 1,082,940 claiming French. (My family history has a little of both!) – 1975 – The final pieces of Toronto’s CN Tower are put in place, forever changing the skyline

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