student engagement

What happens when you dump a pile of lego in the middle of a  group of Grade 8 students and provide them with the following problem:  Build a creative structure (whatever you want), the catch is you need to work together as a team and use as many as the pieces as possible. This is exactly [...]

August. It’s like a setting straight out of a National Geographic TV special where elusive, mysterious mammals have been spotted frantically gathering food and materials for themselves and their young in preparation for winter. The camera crew (and Bear Grylls?) hover nearby documenting the entire process for viewers. The viewers are most likely sitting placidly [...]

I awake to the sound of my alarm buzzing at 6:00 am. Morning shower complete, I head downstairs to find my 14 year old son already dressed, lunch made and bag packed. He is waiting for me, eager to start his day. “Hurry up Mom, Let’s go!” he says as he heads out the front [...]

Be Curious! When you are curious...you engage.  When students are curious...they engage. On the educational professional development circuit one often hears talk of problem solving. How do kids solve problems? Give them problems to solve and help them develop different ways to tackle a problem.  Sounds good...if all you want are worker monkeys who wait [...]