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Joe Bower
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I believe students should experience their success and failure not as reward and punishment but as information.
I believe students should experience their success and failure not as reward and punishment but as information.

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You Say you want this, so why are you doing that...Redux
It is with mixed emotions that I write on Joe’s blog today.  His wife Tamara has asked me to do this, and I feel ready just after a year of losing my best friend.   Joe Bower  will always have a profound impact  on my life, just like he has on many people h...

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What My Husband Taught Me
What My Husband Taught Me I’m Tamara, Joe Bower’s wife (widow is just too messed up to say most days still).  First of all I want to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers through that horrid six days after Joe had a Cardiac Arrest.  The support, ...

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Assessment and measurement are not the same thing
Too many people confuse measurement with assessment as if they were the same thing. They are not. Some things are made to be measured. For example, I'm 6'1''. Height is a two-dimensional thing that can be reduced to a measurement in standard units. We need ...

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Refusing to help is an act of terror
"In everyday thought about especially complex and emotionally charged situations oversimplified generalizations are apt to be actively treasured." - Dorothy Dinnerstein, The Mermaid and the Minotaur September 11, 2001. November 15, 2015. Terrorism and atroc...

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4 Great Board Games I play with students and family
There are lots of ways to get to know someone -- my two favourite ways are going for a walk & talk and playing a game. Board games are a wonderful way of developing a relationship with someone, and also a great way of assessing a child's skills including th...

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Watchwellast
Here is a collection of media that can be used to work with and engage students around a wide range of everyday problems. These videos all come from a pretty cool YouTube Channel called Watchwellcast . This is a part of a project focused on working with and...

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Joel Westheimer's talk on citizenship and education
I had the pleasure of skipping hockey tonight to listen to Joel Westheimer talk about citizenship and education. Here is some of what I learned: Students may rarely see teachers being human because they see them so often just in their classroom teaching. St...

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Students from a totalitarian nation


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No Child Left Thinking
This was written by Joel Westheimer who is the author of What Kind of Citizen? Westheimer tweets here . This is an excerpt from Westheimer's book. by Joel Westheimer Imagine you were visiting a school in a totalitarian nation governed by a single-party dict...

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What Kind of Citizen? Educating Our Children for the Common Good
Joel Westheimer is the author of the book What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good and is speaking in Red Deer this Thursday, November 5, 2015. Joel's book asks us to imagine the kind of society we would like to live in and shows how...
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