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I am an inquiry minded historian with a passion for engaging students, the department head of Canadian and World Studies at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in Hamilton, ON, and above all that, a father of two amazing little ladies!

Students Share Their Learning Stories

On Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 450+ of our #HWDSB students descended on Sir John A. Macdonald to share their learning stories and thoughts about engagement for learning with us. Here are the stories and reflections of learning that students found engaging, fun, and meaningful.

How do you learn best? Here’s what you said!

This year when you registered for the Student Voice Forum we asked you how you feel you learn the best. We asked you what engages you in your learning. Here is what you told us…. Name (First) Grade How do you learn best? What engages you? Zeineb 7 I learn best through teacher lectures that … Continue reading How do you learn best? Here’s what you said!

Unleashing Creativity – Promotional Video

Aaron and Dave introduce the Call for Creative Voice Submissions Component of the 2014 Director’s Student Voice Forum.

Aaron’s Reflection on the Puppets Pal’s Presentation For Learning

Dave’s Reflection on Student Voice and Choice for Demonstrating Learning

The Student Voice Experience

I am often asked what the student voice forums look like, sound like, and feel like. It is a dynamic experience that emulates an instrumented blended learning environment en masse. What this model illustrates is that learning can be differentiated for students with a variety of mediums and tools in both small classroom sized environments (30-ish students) and large conference sized environments (200-ish students). It has been a highly successful proof of concept. Here you will see students expressing themselves through inquiry by having face-to-face conversations, private reflections via podcasting, private and group blogging (via text, audio, and video), online collaborations with students both physically present and from elsewhere, and by writing their ideas down on graffiti walls and tables. The options are endless and the design is completely student centered. It’s THEIR voice, THEIR way!

Student Voice – Engagement, Learning, and Motivation

This video was created recently by students in grades 9 and 10 in HWDSB. They were asked a series of questions relating to their experience at school: What is a specific time you had fun learning and what made it fun for you?; How do you learn best?; What motivates you and interests you bests when learning? These are there voices.