Month: January 2017


Big Questions and Deep Questions


Here is the studio version of a speech I made at an educational event, Learning Revolution. Big Questions from Abbotsford Christian School on Vimeo. In this inspiring "RevIt Up" talk, Trent DeJong describes one way in which a Learning Revolution may come about if educators would consider "deep questions" with their...

Why I teach 1984.


I feel vindicated. I have been asked countless times, "Do you still teach that?  I read it when I was in school."  This past week George Orwell's dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, topped Amazon's bestseller list.  There is so much that recommends it.  One of the reasons everyone should read Nineteen Eighty-Four is that...

Perhaps the Overwhelming Majority Is Right


In his article called "Only A Minority Is Right," J. H. McKenna Ph.D. argues against religious truth. His argument is based on the diversity of religious belief.  First there was polytheism, then their was monotheism along with "several sects and denominations of monotheism," then there came "other new religions" and "several thousand denominations and new...

I Invented Twitter in 1990


Most people think Twitter began in 2006, but a form of it existed in my grade 7 classroom long before that.  I didn't call it Twitter, I called it "Notion Notes." Early in my career, I was a grade seven teacher.  Besides having fun learning all that Science and English, we also did fun...

Vanessa Otero’s Media Chart


I found Vanessa Otero's Complex vs, Clickbait, Liberal vs. Conservative Media Chart to be quite helpful. http://jerz.setonhill.edu/blog/2016/12/12/vanessa-oteros-media-complexclickbait-liberalconservative-chart/