A note on hidden curriculum

A NOTE ON THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM: While these techniques enforce efficiency, conformity, and routine, my current view is that these virtues are necessary in any school system if it want to achieve results. Not only this, but I've been convinced by Angela Duckworth and other psychologists that discipline and grit really matter in life (See …

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the rise of Model UN

You'd think that sitting through eight hours of speeches two days in a row would deflate any high schooler from participating again, not to mention their teacher counsellors. This was my first year at Winnipeg Model UN, and it was the best experience of students passing notes (personal and diplomatic) in my teaching career. When else do …

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Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies

Download your free logical fallacies poster for the classroom here LogicalFallaciesInfographic_A3 Thanks to Massimo Pigliucci over at Scientia Salon. Pigliucci is dept. head of philosophy at CUNY and editor of Philosophy and Theory in Biology. His new website devoted to pursuing eudaimonia through public discourse. Here is their manifesto, which seems like a sensible vision …

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Sr Wooly – Spanish teacher genius

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3KbP2OEbW4 I finally logged in to my Sr. Wooly account, home to the famous "Puedo Ir al Bano" song found on Youtube. I highly recommend subscribing to his site. Every video he provides has resources and teaching tips. I also found some pretty cool games. I don't know if you've heard, but this weekend in …

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Write a Sonnet, per chance?

Given enough time, can monkeys typing randomly come up the works of Shakespeare?…or even just 1 play?….  or just 1 sonnet? The "infinite monkey theorem" has a long pedigree in the history of ideas - starting with Aristotle, and showing up in Jonathan Swift, Bacon, Huxley, Jorge Luis Borges, and Dawkins. There was even a …

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Using Debate to Introduce the Political Spectrum

Students in Gr. 9 often see issues in black and white, so what better way to introduce the ambiguities and complexities of everyday moral dilemmas by covering the political spectrum through debates on controversial topics? Debate forces students to take a side (even when they don't agree with it) and focuses on the reasons behind decisions rather …

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