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Jeremy Porter

Effective Teaching Practices for Reaching Boys

In the December/January issue of Phi Delta Kappan, Michael Reichert and Richard Hawley explore effective teaching practices for reaching boys. In their study, they looked for common characteristics of effective practice reported by a large sample of teachers and boys. Teachers were…

Will Our Digital Lives Become Digital Histories?

A recent episode of Spark on CBC radio made me think about the way we teach history. The program dealt, in part, with using digital technology to preserve memories, heritage and culture. In a particularly poignant story, Meryl Swiatek recalls finding a…

Co-constructing Criteria? Try Developing an Acronym with Students

In an effort to improve student responses to lab questions, Peggy, a Science teacher at Stratford Central Secondary School, developed a strategy for co-constructing criteria. Instead of creating a large anchor chart or poster, Peggy had students create what she…

Importance of Log sheets in Co-operative Education

Co-op students are required to complete log sheets on a daily basis.   They need to be able to effectively communicate ideas, tasks, day to day problems, and reflect on their Co-op experience. Completing log sheets in some form or another…

Don’t Forget to Show People Who You Really Are

Before I left for the Unplug’d Canadian Education Summit, my best friend gave me some solid advice: Try to be open and let people in. Our conversation was a little bit longer than that, but the message was about what I…

Learning Conversations and Classroom Talk

First we learn to speak, then we learn to listen, then talk.Finally, we learn what our voice means.                                             …