FSA Testing Kerfuffle – Part II

It’s exactly one week to go to the start of this year’s Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA) testing in British Columbia, in which upwards of seventy thousand Grade 4 and 7-level students will spend a total of 4.5 hours completing standardized tests in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Writing and Numeracy over the course of two […]

FSA Testing Kerfuffle – Part II

It’s exactly one week to go to the start of this year’s Foundational Skills Assessment (FSA) testing in British Columbia, in which upwards of seventy thousand Grade 4 and 7-level students will spend a total of 4.5 hours completing standardized tests in the areas of Reading Comprehension, Writing and Numeracy over the course of two […]

Chimpanzees, Multiple Intelligences, China

This week the world has been jarred by the news that chimpanzees are able to outperform college students on some pattern recognition/memory tasks, according to renowned primate researcher, Tetsuro Matsuzawa. While this news inevitably leads to all kinds of giggles about college students and fears of a run on bananas at exam time, it strikes […]

Of note: Two New Books

Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance by Jay Cross, Pfeiffer, 2007 Honouring the Child: Changing Ways of Teaching by Pamela Proctor Informal Learning, Rediscovering the Natural Pathways That Inspire Innovation and Performance “It is no longer useful to define learning as what someone is able to do all on his […]

Need to foster Innovating – Part II (this essay previously posted June 27, 2007; on www.selfdesign.org) Adding fuel to my previous posting on the need to foster innovation as an embedded aspect of a Canadian learning society – especially among children and youth – comes a blazing report from the Conference Board of Canada, assessing […]

Need to foster Innovating – Part II

(this essay previously posted June 27, 2007; on www.selfdesign.org) Adding fuel to my previous posting on the need to foster innovation as an embedded aspect of a Canadian learning society – especially among children and youth – comes a blazing report from the Conference Board of Canada, assessing Canada a grade of ‘D’ in … […]

If we want to innovate, we need to foster innovating

this essay originally posted in www.selfdesign.org in May 2007) “What kind of trouble is our civilization likely to encounter ahead? How can we cope, and how might we take advantage of opportunities that arise for civilization’s renewal?” – ‘The Upside of Down’, Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon (2006) “It is by logic that we prove, but by […]

RE – FSA Testing Kerfuffle

(this essay originally published on www.selfdesign.org in May 2007) Well, it’s day one of the 2007 FSA testing period. I happen to be administering these tests on behalf of grade 4 and grade 7-level learners in SelfDesign (an un-graded program), for the second year in a row. For the second consecutive year I’m also following […]