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May 28, 2019

The Engineering Design Cycle is the Method of Inquiry Used By Engineers.

This method of inquiry is specific to the domain of engineering and is used by engineers to create systems, engines, motors, machines, materials, structures, code and more. It’s also used in aviati...

November 2, 2017

We began our 3-part exploration of competition with our first post focused on competition in the classroom. Now, in this second post, we will explore how systemic use of competition affects students. While teachers have a level of control of how students are...

October 30, 2017

Healthy competition plays a central role in the way many systems motivate and develop excellence. The space race, sports, war; any situation where two or more opposing powers compete for limited resources has pushed humanity, on various scopes, to new frontiers. If we...

October 25, 2017

Why is it important that occasionally, teachers let students run headfirst into their own failure? I think one, is because students learn to grow from that failure. In reflection, they recognize the steps they took along the way. They become accustomed to hardship, dev...

October 10, 2017

I am a Special Educator who has been teaching individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) for nearly ten years. These students have ranged from those with extremely complex needs to higher-functioning individuals at varying ages - from KS1 to College level. My last...

August 13, 2017

I had always been enthralled by STEM. Every type of science interested me: geology, astrology, chemistry, math, robotics, you name it. I saw STEM as a channel for creativity and passion to solve real world problems. A profound desire to serve humanity drove this fascin...

July 23, 2017

One of the joys of teaching about the environment is getting my students outside as much as possible. Usually this means excursions to nearby field sites every month or so, which in itself feels miraculous in the typical pace of a high school day. This past year howeve...

With the support of their teachers and community, 45 students in Kamloops raised over $650 in donations to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Imagine a classroom where students raise and study live salmon, access background knowledge at their own pace, design and make a qui...

As we rapidly move through the first quarter of the 21st century, most would agree that “change” seems to be a constant part of conversation when talking about schooling across North America. Beyond the conversation about change, there’s seemingly no end in sight to th...

February 8, 2017

“Fasten your seat belts, our staff meeting today is going to be another dreary and unimaginative 80-minute-long assembly-line of paperwork review. Yup, you might want to poke your eyes out with a pencil when you see the agenda we have planned.  If you manage to pay att...

December 30, 2016

What is creativity and what is innovation? The terms creativity and innovation are thrown around a lot. Their meaning can feel nebulous at times. What are they exactly? Why do we always hear them paired together? Indeed these two skills are linked in important ways. ​​...

July 27, 2016

Design Thinking is a process to help up prototype, create and innovate. Design Thinking helps shift mindsets. It's from consumer mindsets, to producer mindsets. From accepting mindsets, to questioning mindsets. From passive mindsets, to active and empowered mindsets. I...

September 21, 2015

Project Based Learning is a great model for unit planning and deeper learning. Some teachers are going further by anchoring a semester or a year in a unifying, engaging and provocative premise.

This helps them "brand" their classroom to better connect the dots betw...

Another project idea from a team of teachers in Red Deer, Alberta! 

Title: Community Heroes

Grade: 2

Type of Project: Community Service

Context: There are many avenues in which to make a difference in our community. Many organizations within Red Deer rely on the gener...

August 20, 2014

It all started at a PBL Workshop not long ago. Ruben attended the workshop thinking he might catch up on emails, do some shopping, etc. "We’ve all been to that PD session. You know, the kind where you can kinda tune out," says Ruben.  But to Ruben’s surprise, he was im...

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