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Learning Gets Real: 2021 Fall Student Showcase (VIDEO)

By Craig Doerksen / November 15, 2021 / Comments Off on Learning Gets Real: 2021 Fall Student Showcase (VIDEO)

Raise your hand if you enjoy doing things that have no meaning… Now a show of hands if you enjoy showing off something you are proud of? WATERLOO’S 2021 FALL STUDENT SHOWCASE We just wrapped up our first term of classes with a showcase of student learning. Students in each class presented and showed off…

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PAY ATTENTION! (🐿️!)

By Craig Doerksen / November 1, 2021 / Comments Off on PAY ATTENTION! (🐿️!)

Facebook is getting a lot of attention these days…for how they keep our attention. While the social and political implications of what platforms do and don’t do is very important, the story also draws attention to… attention. Attention is a finite resource—we can ‘spend’ it or ‘invest’ it—but we do not get more of it. (ADD and ADHD…

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Learning how to fail

By Craig Doerksen / October 25, 2021 / Comments Off on Learning how to fail

I was in Atlanta recently at an education conference and a colleague who I’d not seen since we had started Waterloo wanted an update on how we were doing. Being an educator he asked an important question, “How do you know what you are doing is working?” So I shared with him one of the…

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Do we need managers or leaders?

By Craig Doerksen / September 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Do we need managers or leaders?

The pandemic has disrupted a lot, right? A lot in the workplace, and a lot in schools. And, when things get stirred up, we notice status quo features of life, school, or work we had not seen before. They were always there, but once we see them in the light, we realize—that’s not a feature, that’s a…

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Why we are starting online when we could be in person

By Craig Doerksen / August 10, 2020 / Comments Off on Why we are starting online when we could be in person

And why we are planning in-person experiences even while classes will be online. Note: Waterloo School will begin classes online on August 17th. A Community Learning Time during the hour from 9-10 a.m. will allow students to meet in-person or via Zoom with a teacher and a different group of students each day for a…

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How to be RARE in the time of Coronavirus

By Craig Doerksen / August 7, 2020 / Comments Off on How to be RARE in the time of Coronavirus

I have always appreciated the cool head and heart in a hot room. You know the person: something happens that others react emotionally to in fear and alarm, and the cool, calm, collected person brings confidence, peace, and hope to those around him or her. I appreciate the coolness, because that kind of calm creates…

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Pandemic? Grades? College? Help!

By Craig Doerksen / July 29, 2020 / Comments Off on Pandemic? Grades? College? Help!

If we’re honest, the college application process over the last ten years has seemed to get worse for students without improving the outcomes. Higher stakes for tests, grades, and resumes to feed a more competitive application process (partially because students apply to twice as many colleges as they once did). Add to that a pandemic,…

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“Learning-in-place”

By Craig Doerksen / April 10, 2020 / Comments Off on “Learning-in-place”

Learning at Waterloo in the time of COVID-19

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I used to think…

By Craig Doerksen / August 8, 2019 / Comments Off on I used to think…

“I used to think…” “I used to think…” It is such a great way to be able to start a sentence, isn’t it? To start a sentence that way requires change and growth. It implies learning new things and letting go of perspectives. I used to think it meant admitting I was wrong, which, in…

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21st c. Education

By Craig Doerksen / June 6, 2019 / Comments Off on 21st c. Education

Making School for Kids, not Kids in Schools ’21st Century Skills’ is a buzz word in education right now. In fact, it has been for…a few decades. Yes, we are twenty years into the century, but it is a buzz, because educators feel painfully that the 20th century way we do education is disconnected from…

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