Curriculum, Opinion, Teaching

Cdn EdWire – Old Math vs. New Math

New study claims that traditional math education methods are superior to discovery-based instructional techniques, and the columnists pounce.

New math equals trouble, education expert says – CBC

Methods for teaching grade school math don’t add up: Study – Postmedia 

New math equals trouble, education expert says – CBC

Methods for teaching grade school math don’t add up: Study – Postmedia 

Too many teachers can’t do math, let along teach it – Globe and Mail (Margaret Wente)

New Math is Failing our Students – Toronto Sun (Moira McDonald)

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Bad teachers: Ontario’s secret list – Toronto Star

What’s a Fair Wage for Teachers? – The Tyee
‘Hard-working teachers are underpaid’ in BC, says professor who led study. How best to fix that?

Saskatoon teachers displeased with contract – Saskatoon Star Phoenix
New deal ‘undervalues’ work: leader

Not all teachers satisfied – Regina Leader Post

At School, More Stressed Kids, Fewer Counsellors – The Tyee
Widening ratio of students to counsellors ‘outrageous,’ says UBC professor.

Parkdale parents fear bullying with three-grade split classes – Toronto Star

University education no guarantee of earnings success – Globe and Mail

Student questions marks from a high school ‘credit mill’ – Toronto Star

Should students be graded on character? – Globe and Mail

High school dropouts cost society a bundle – Calgary Herald


The Global Search for Education: More from Canada – Huffington Post

Moving beyond ‘blame the teacher’ – LA Times


Relationships Trump Curriculums – Your Learning Curve (Daryl Bambic)
September is the month when our recent grads come back to visit and tell us how they are doing in their new junior college.  Their stories resemble one another: “I was the only one who knew what the teacher was talking about!” or “I got the best mark in the class on my essay”.  That’s great and it reassures me that our curriculum is really preparing them for higher education, but that is only a small part of this story.  Why do they feel the need to return?  Are they boasting? (Maybe just a tad.)  Are they lonely for their old haunt?  (Only a few.)  My sense is that their need to return is a testimony to the importance of relationships in learning…(to continue reading) 

Traditional Education is the Ultimate Filter Bubble – User Generated Education (Jackie Gerstein)
Criticism towards the traditional education model typically revolves around its focus on maintaining an industrial model of education.  I believe that related to this, and possibly even more damaging, is that the traditional model also creates a filter bubble of learning.  Although the filter bubble is used to describe how the Internet algorithms are limiting searches to personal and confined interests, these ideas can also be used to describe traditional education.  Some of the characteristics of traditional education as a filter bubble include:… (to continue reading) 

After Personally Owned Devices – Culture of Yes (Chris Kennedy)
In secondary schools, the vast majority of students have a device with which they can access the web.  This is not only true in West Vancouver – close to 80% of teenagers in Canada have a cellphone, and many others have a similar device with Internet capabilities. So, this is clearly a growing trend. While it is true some devices work better than others to access information, no longer are students limited to time in a computer lab, or having to rush home to their computer in order to engage digitally with content and the community….(to continue reading)

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Max Cooke est le directeur général du Réseau ÉdCan.

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