“This above all: to thine own self be true.” ― William Shakespeare, Hamlet Our predilection to stick to what we know in instruction can in fact impede learning. It may be more helpful to our practice to establish "truths" that ground us in our philosophy and practice of teaching. In Chapter 2 of The Skillful Teacher, … Continue reading Teaching truths
https://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_firestein_the_pursuit_of_ignorance There is a common perception that science is a "well ordered mechanism" and neatly organized knowledge is accumulated through the scientific process. The truth is, knowledge generates ignorance. Or as Immanuel Kant puts it "Every answer given on principle of experience begets a fresh question" I think as educators we need to change … Continue reading Blissfully ignorant
https://www.ted.com/talks/gever_tulley_on_5_dangerous_things_for_kids The prelude in this talk is a bit tongue in cheek but with ever increasing absurd safety warnings the picture of the bubble wrapped toddler is not that shocking. As a father of two young children developing their own independence I can relate well to this video. Are today's boundaries ,or safety … Continue reading Teaching Dangerously
Image By Paul Reynolds (Flickr: Reflection) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons) In Chapter 2 of The Skillful Teacher Brookfield share his core assumptions on skillful teaching. One that stood out for me and my own personal development is that of "...adopting (ing) a critically reflective stance towards their practice". The Teaching Perspectives Inventory … Continue reading Mirror Mirror….
Pictured Above: me falling out on a Class V rapid called "Boulder Drop" on the Nahatlatch River. This was quite a few years back and was the last official rafting trip I've taken. It seems pretty tame in the picture but what you dont see is the eddy I gradually swirled into after my … Continue reading Teaching as White Water Rafting
I had set a goal to complete the Provincial Instructor program in two years. Taking 3260 puts me one step closer to my capstone project and program completion. As someone new to the profession teaching and instruction 3260 is a course that I look forward to. Throughout the other courses in the PIDP … Continue reading Nearing the finish line.