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David Truss
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You are not 'in the trenches'!

  I do not know of a time in history when ‘being in the trenches’ conjured a pleasant image? Yet in the past few weeks I’ve heard teaching referred to a number of times that way. I’ve made this reference before, but not for a long time now, and that has…
I do not know of a time in history when 'being in the trenches' conjured a pleasant image? Yet in the past few weeks I've heard teaching referred to a number of times that way. I've made th
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I love this! One thing that comes to mind in our school is that while students tend to meet the descriptive terms in the 'Flow' category, that isn't a state they can stay in on an extended inquiry. That is to say, they are following their passion, in charge of their own learning, have intrinsic motivation and want to share what they are doing with you... but I wouldn't call their state 'flow' all the time.
Some days it can feel like a grind. Some days they are digging into things they don't really want to, but it is necessary to further their learning. For example, as a byproduct of wanting to print a 3D Model of their Tiny Home design, 2 boys 'learned CADS'. That wasn't part of the project, wasn't easy, wasn't something they necessarily did in a 'flow state' and yet some pretty amazing learning was happening. It is more of an 'autonomous learning' state than a flow state in my opinion.
That said, I'll end where I started... I love this! It brings to light the dynamic way in which I think education is shifting from content and classroom management to student engagement... and of course, personalization! :)
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These posts have clarifies the intent if the word "flow" for me, thanks! I admit I find it a bit indefinite and prefersomeyhing like "continuum"...but the key concept is solid and awesome.


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My Ignite presentation: Transforming our Classrooms
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My daughter Katie's Grade 8 Video on the Human Muscular System (in French)
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How do you know when students are learning?

Yesterday after school I was in the hallway at Inquiry Hub, talking to a student about an idea he is launching with one of our teachers, iHub Talks. These talks, organized by students, will be presentations on diverse topics aimed to have appeal to a…
Yesterday after school I was in the hallway at Inquiry Hub, talking to a student about an idea he is launching with one of our teachers, iHub Talks. These talks, organized by students, will be present
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Know another language? Here's a student project that you might be able to help with...
Our refugee system is failing and we need to fix it. There's a really great TED Talk on the global refugee system by the Oxford professor Alexander Betts. It explains the system and outlines four ways for how it can be fixed. Unfortunately the talk will only ever make a difference if the people ...
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What interesting problems have you posed to students recently? What interesting problems have students asked you? Yesterday I was listening to Tim Ferriss interview Seth Godin on his 4 Hour Work Week podcast: ‘How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules,…
What interesting problems have you posed to students recently? What interesting problems have students asked you? Yesterday I was listening to Tim Ferriss interview Seth Godin on his 4 Hour Wo
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Transforming Our Classrooms - Ignite Presentation

Here is an Ignite presentation that I did in Delta on January 2oth, 2016, titled ‘Transforming Our Classrooms’. It is based on the presentation ‘7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom‘, but squeezed into less than 5 minutes, after I describe what our team has…
Here is an Ignite presentation that I did in Delta on January 2oth, 2016, titled 'Transforming Our Classrooms'. It is based on the presentation '7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom', but squeezed in
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I like when a project allows a student to share their talents. This is my daughter Katie’s project on the Muscular System (in French). I had fun helping her put together the video, but what I really enjoyed was watching her spend days working on the…
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Teaching comes with great power

Many attribute the quote: “With great power comes great responsibility” to Spiderman or more specifically his Uncle Ben. Stan Lee wrote the comic, and originally it showed up in a narrative caption. Actually before that, Winston Churchill said, “Where…
Many attribute the quote: With great power comes great responsibility to Spiderman or more specifically his Uncle Ben. Stan Lee wrote the comic, and originally it showed up in a narrative caption. Ac
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Getting it right - A reflection on 3 Inquiry Hub Events

When you work in a small, innovative school, you are always looking at the things that still need to be done. To use a sailing analogy, you are constantly tacking and maneuvering to adjust to the changing winds. This is easier to do in a ‘small ship’ and…
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