EdCamp London - Just Around the Corner

    The excitement is starting to build for London's first EdCamp. For many in London and the surrounding area it will be their first experience at an "unconference" so there may be a bit of apprehension about what to expect. With less than 50 spots remaining I wanted to use this blog post to give a bit more insight into what to expect at EdCamp and to try to convince those that are sitting on the fence that this will be a great day of professional learning with people who love education.   Lots of discussion - at the heart of the EdCamp experience is the chance for attendees to discuss those burning issues that may not be the topic of conversation in the lunch room. It's a chance to go deep with your ideas in a safe environment with other people who have similar passions.  The law of...
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First Week = Great Week!

First Week = Great Week!
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire ~ William Butler Yeats Amidst all of the construction for our new renovation, the change in routines for the students and my own new school jitters one thing stood out ~ our collective purpose. The entire school community - parents, teachers and administrators have one purpose when it comes to the children in our care; to provide the best for our children. Everyone wants that, and we all strive for it. During the first week I watched excited children play with their friends on the yard, nervous parents watch their children walk into kindergarten for the first time and teachers do what they always do; make their classrooms a place of safety and comfort. And it wasn't easy for any of us. The construction made for new entry and exit routines that needed to be adjusted as...
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8 Things You Might Not Know About Finland's Education System

Finland has been cited a lot recently about their successful educational system. As part of my current Master's course in comparative education I am required to write an essay comparing my current educational system to any other country. I decided to use Finland for a number of reasons, the most important being their success on international measures such as PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). Through the many journal articles, research papers and books I have read in preparation for writing my paper I have come across 8 very interesting aspects of Finland's educational system that you may not have read before. It should be noted that for those looking to any other educational system for a "quick fix" needs to keep in mind the cultural, social and economic realities of their own context and the one they are studying. Can we learn from other systems? Absolutely. Can we transplant those ideas...
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Social Media in Education

While most of the world is embracing social media the education sector has struggled to grasp the value of connecting to the students they serve.   Every day businesses around the world are using some aspect of social media to promote their business and spread the word about their product or services.  They use Twitter and Facebook to promote sales and specials and Foursquare to have customers check-in to their location.  They use these tools to help promote all the great things that are happening with their business and customers.  Wouldn't it be great if school districts, schools, teachers and administrators used these same tools to promote all the great work happening in classrooms today. Social media in schools is here to stay.  Let's leverage it to engage our students and provide an exciting learning environment. Let's get on the Bandwagon
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