Category Archives: Best Practice

Secondary Leaders Showcase Best Practices

February 2014 How do you know when classroom practices are changing?  How do you know when the impact of leadership reaches the classroom level?  These are important questions that serve as the focus for the work of secondary administrative leaders … Continue reading

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Leading by Learning

At our annual secondary leaders’ retreat, school superintendent Kevin Godden reminded the secondary leadership team that our role as engaged leaders is to push, to prod, to ask provocative questions and to cause learning through professional interaction with teachers who in turn provide high-quality, engaging learning … Continue reading

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Demonstrations of Learning – Changing Summative Assessment

My previous blog post highlighted the reflections of a student at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Aviation 12 who gave a compelling reflection of her learning in Mr. Newton’s Physics class.  I was struck by the final assessment given for … Continue reading

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In Her Words. Aviation 12 – an engaged, relevant classroom.

Ian Newton came late to teaching.  After a career in engineering and aviation, Ian found a new calling in the classroom at Rick Hansen Secondary School in Abbotsford, BC.  He teaches Physics, where he has turned his love of flight and his passion … Continue reading

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Personalizing High Schools

I recently attended ASCD Spring Conference in Philadelphia.  My session was the two day Pre-Conference on Personalizing High School put on by Joe Di Martino author of Personalizing the high school experience for each student, ASCD, 2008.  He has also … Continue reading

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Project-based Learning at Cleveland High School, Seattle.

Last Tuesday, eight Abbotsford educators went to visit the STEM academies at Cleveland High School in Seattle.  The school is the home to two academies:  School of Life Sciences and School of Engineering and Design.  We were looking for ideas to … Continue reading

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Learning and Leading from the Playground and Beyond

Upon reflection, the past week was filled with wonderful examples of learning at all levels in our school district.  Having thrice daily supervision responsibilities at an elementary school and a secondary school gives me the added opportunity to connect with kids, … Continue reading

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