Author: mrkeenan

Repost: 5 Essential Questions About Curriculum

Originally published on July 15th, 2010 We’ve now spent some time in class grappling with some of the major curriculum theorists, with more to come in the next two weeks. As I grapple with some of the more personally challenging ideas that the study of curriculum…

Repost: Are you an Educational Modernist or Post-modernist? A Quiz.

Originally posted on July 13th, 2010 Yesterday, our class looked at the key ideas of William Tyler and William Doll and their respective (and divergent) perspectives on curriculum and implementation. In considering the ideas of these two scholars, I see more clearly than I ever have…

Repost: 5 Changes We Can Make in Education This Year

Originally posted on July 6th, 2010 We all know education is not perfect. We can read the blogs talking about the systems, the political pressures, the poor state of education. Unfortunately, too often this leads teachers to think that they are powerless to confront some of…

Repost: Why Educators Must Create GREAT Content

Originally published July 6th, 2010 I have touched on this topic here and there before, but it has become very apparent to me this summer as I watch some of the great media being produced outside education. We need to learn how to present our material…

Repost: What if There Were No Grades IN Class?

Originally posted on April 20th, 2010 My belief right now is that we should, and can, eliminate marks from our classrooms if we are willing to really devote ourselves to inquiry-based and project-based learning.  If we can move from the “am I passing?” model to the…

Repost: Find Your Own Digital Path

Originally posted on April 15th, 2010 One of the greatest skills that I believe 21st Century Teachers possess is the ability to  ’make things work’ in their classrooms.  Often this means using technologies and resources in new ways that fit very specific needs teachers have.  One…

Repost: We’re Not Alone in Education…

Originally posted April 12th, 2010 I had the pleasure last weekend of discussing some of the key issues in the energy provider sector with a family connection.  He voiced his concern that his industry in its current form is dying, and that for companies like the…

Repost: 5 Possibilities for the iPad in Education

 Originally posted on April 9th, 2010 We can’t get the iPad in Canada for a few more weeks, but my school division has already expressed the desire to order several of them in to test in the division.  As part of my iPod project, I will…

Repost: 5 Ideas for Welcoming Other Teachers into the Classroom

Originally posted on April 23rd, 2010 There are two different ways I am seeing the effects of an open classroom in my roles at school.  First, as I am an embedded coach, I am in other classrooms on a daily basis doing various tasks ranging from…

Repost: How I talk about my classroom, and how students do

Originally posted on March 30th, 2010 I will speak to a number of school division ’stakeholders’ next week about 21st Century Learning in my classroom this week. My challenge is how to create an overview of the effectiveness and scope of 21st Century Learning in 20…