Author Archives: lukemcpherson

I Pledge To Be – 2014

  Over the last few years, I’ve been trying to make my classroom a more collaborative space. I always felt a bit like my class rules (valuable though they may be) lacked a degree of meaning for my students. After … Continue reading

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Why I Want to Be a “21st Century Educator” Part 1: Real Vs Rote

I just finished reading Margaret Wente’s article “The brave new world of 21st century learning” in today’s Globe and Mail.  I’ve read enough of Ms. Wente’s stuff to get her schtick. It’s fairly routine, really. Pick an issue (or make something into … Continue reading

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Love, Hate and Then There’s You

“We are the sparkWe are the greatWe keep our citiesLoud and proudWe keep their ears gluedTo the streetsWe are the underground”                                         … Continue reading

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Forty-Four

So I haven’t been blogging lately. It’s not too surprising when I reflect upon it. Once I get into school mode, I get pretty consumed. Don’t watch a lot of TV or even read much except for occasional holiday binges. … Continue reading

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I Pledge to Be…

For the last few years, in lieu of a set of classroom rules, my students have taken ‘the Pledge.’  ‘The Pledge’ works like this: in groups, the students brainstorm the qualities and traits that they think will be key to … Continue reading

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Respect.

As I was reading a thoughtful post by TCDSB VP Kevin Kerr this week, (read it here) I began to wonder about our professional development model. Kevin (and many others lately) have been arguing that the top-down (or “expert to … Continue reading

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Making ‘Kinections’

When i returned home from the Connect 13 Conference in Niagara Falls this spring I brought with me (along with a lot of new learning and inspiration) an Xbox Kinect. It was graciously donated by Dr. Camille Rutherford of the … Continue reading

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Class Creatures!!!

Check out the terrific sculptures my class created at their art workshop! They don’t get nearly enough time to devote to this type of learning. Just the problem-solving alone was fantastic. Now if only they could review their finished product … Continue reading

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Fortune Favours The Bold

‘Fortuna fortes adiuvat’ – an ancient Latin phrase linked to both Pliny (the younger) and Virgil. The phrase urges one to take chances. I love the idea that teachers should be willing to try new things if they want to … Continue reading

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“Nothing to fear…”

“…But fear itself.” This oft-repeated quote (first uttered by Franklin D. Roosevelt at his first Presidential inauguration in 1933) neatly sums up my thoughts about collaboration between educators. There is so much to be gained from sharing between colleagues, yet … Continue reading

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