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Brian Aspinall
Dork...Teacher...Blogger....Coach
Dork...Teacher...Blogger....Coach
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Brian Aspinall commented on a post on Blogger.
I often wonder about inquiry....or guided inquiry. Do students just "inquire" on a predetermined path we set up? Is inquiry open ended? If not, is it still inquiry? I inquiry about things I don't know - but quite often I don't know what I don't know.

You've got me thinking....

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Brian Aspinall commented on a post on Blogger.
"Space needs to be reinvented, times and timetabling needs to be more flexible. We need to go back to a place of learning."

The biggest issue with scheduling timetables for me is that we dictate when learning will happen. I hate telling students who are knee deep in a rich math task that they have to stop the learning and go to another class, although I am not sure of the alternative if we have rotary teachers.

I also struggle with the bell telling us when we can and cannot eat. We've actually moved to "working lunches" in my class. With the exception of students who monitor primary classes, we eat whenever we want. It is sometimes difficult to know whether it is class time or lunch time as we eat and work away as we please.

Lastly, I feel strongly that we will continue to see regurgitation until we reform assessment.  While Growing Success empowers us to converse and make observations, we still have exam policies in place everywhere. Until we redefine Success Criteria and rubrics, we will continue to quantify student learning as rote memorization. 

A grade 7 student once said to me "how can you asses my creativity?" - I didn't have an answer.....

Thanks for making me think. See you June 19!

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Brian Aspinall commented on a post on Blogger.
Let's consider the teaching assignment. Learning can be messy. I'm not sure we can blanket the profession one way or another. Take into account what people teach. Phys Ed, art, drama or dance teachers need to be comfortable.

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Brian Aspinall commented on a post on Blogger.
Thanks for taking the time to explore edmettle, and write about it! I think we share similar philosophies around education for both see the need for a tool like this.

I will continue to add to it, based on teacher input. Maybe we can continue to create something great for our students!

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Brian Aspinall commented on a post on Blogger.
Glad to have finally met you f2f at #ecoo!

I appreciate our conversations and hope they can continue. I love that we can challenge each other, the system and education in general as we continue to make progress.

I look forward to our next conference together.
B

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Planning

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Youth planning event

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Thursday 6:00 om EST
Join us on this Thursday, at 5pm CT, as we talk with Brian Aspinall on the importance of learning how to code in education. We'll also learn more about how this Computer Science major, turned 7th and 8th Grade Teacher has created apps to enhance the learning of his students.

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A discussion around Pathways from LKDSB
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