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Dia de los Muertos

Our Grade 9 conference groups have been preparing for our Dia de los Muertos (“Day of the Dead”) celebrations for a couple weeks. This traditional Mexican holiday celebrates and remembers the lives of deceased...

Alternative Schedule Models

The alternative scheduling PLC has been forging forward on our project to find a schedule that better fits ASFM’s needs. Last time I wrote, we were evaluating teacher survey data to determine the top...

Jigsaw group activity, take 2

Last year I wrote about a jigsaw group activity that I did with my Grade 11 class. I tuned it up this year–gave the expert groups a bit more time and built in time...

Neil Hilborn and My Town

Yesterday night, poet Neil Hilborn visited ASFM for a poetry workshop with our students and an extraordinary performance in our Black Box theatre. I was lucky enough to catch the show, and it seemed...

Scheduling Survey Data Visualization

I have been working over the last month with a professional learning community (PLC) to research potential scheduling models for our school. We figure the best way to do this is to ask the...

The School Scheduling Issue

I’m sure you’re asking the same question I am: how did a second-year teacher get himself into the thorny knots of school scheduling? Well, first, I’m a data head. I like looking at structures...