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David Truss
Works at SD43, Coquitlam
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Did a podcast with +Corey Engstrom, which inspired this post. 
Last month I was honoured to be interviewed on Corey Engstrom's Teacher Tech Trails. Near the end of the podcast, I mentioned the 'greatest' injustices that we tend to do in more traditional schools and classrooms to three different kinds of students. While I would question my choice of the word ...
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It takes me a while to get to my point that we need to value ambiguity when teaching students. 
Ambiguity has potential to be a catalyst to new learning. It can be the spark to kindle lateral thinking and creative solutions to huge problems we face. Ambiguity can be dangerous. It can lead us to be easily deceived in a world of fake news coupled with our tendency to be biased to more recent ...
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A comprehensive post on different ways to increase inquiry time in schools, moving from minimal system change to full redesign of schools.
Background (Part 1 – Purpose) The following image and description were created for an application for an award. 'Assignments' like this are great because they force us (teachers John Sarte, Alan Soiseth and myself) to think about what it is we value, and strive towards as we build our program at ...
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Is this best for students and their learning? 2. Is this scalable? 3. Are you willing to share? In a conversation with my good friend, Dave Sands, we were talking about the challenge of investing in systematic change vs supporting the outliers (and the Lone Wolves). There will always be limited ...
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Do we spend enough time questioning the question?
As educators, we often refer to 'Wait Time' as the time between when you ask a question and when you expect an answer. Cast out a question to your class and if you don't provide wait time, then when the first student begins to answer (takes a bite), all your other students are 'off the hook' and ...
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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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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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A great, student created video. Learn more at our Open House on Thursday Jan. 12th, 7pm tinyurl.com/ihubopen17 
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Impressive project. Love the Collaborate infographic, and I am thrilled to see an educator sharing a reflection like this!

A post like this brings back memories of when I was a middle school teacher, coming home and reading a reflective post like this would excite me to do something that engaged students in the same way. If you are anything like me, the act of writing the post has become an essential part of your reflective process which helps you: synthesize what you learned; distil what worked and what didn't; and plan future projects more effectively. And while you are helping yourself, because you blogged it, others (like me) get to benefit as well.

Sean, thank you for contributing to my learning!
~Dave
Our district has been given a microgravity experiment chamber and cargo space aboard a rocket travelling to the International Space Station. That rocket will dock with the ISS and deliver the experiment to the astronauts liv...
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A great project, still in progress at Inquiry Hub Secondary School.
Last year two grade 11 students, Josh & Brandon, started creating an app using iBeacon technology to help our teachers take attendance. A year later, that app is not completed, it probably won't be completed any time soon, and yet this is one of a number of very successful projects that happened ...
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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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