I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.

BC educator....  @rilmcknight

October 24, 2019

   So I have been asked many times: how do you work the performance task assessment in you senior classes?  Well I try to explain it here. 

   But first we need to know that I base my classes on project- based or place based learning.  No, we are not just...

October 21, 2019

Last night, I was trying to participate in a chat I love being part of every week but it was extremely difficult.  You see #bcedchat was trying a new style of chat based on a game. I think Ian and Craig created an amazing event.  I was excited and was looking forward t...

September 21, 2019

What is your identity? 

Your role in life?

What are you know for?

These are tough questions to ask yourself.  But it's even tougher for our students to answer.  Here we are in the new BC curriculum and core competencies and looking to build an identity. The Personal and S...

September 14, 2019

As I sat down today watching Shelley Moore's "See Ya Later SMART goals!", it hit me how her research should be used to help explain math and how we should teach it.  In her video she talks about the belief that to prove learning happens, it must be capturable by someon...

September 13, 2019

Happiness is a fresh start. I am in the midst of a new beginning or as others see it the end or retirement from my teaching career.  After many years in the classroom, department head and administrative roles, I have handed in my resignation.  So I guess I am now retir...

August 31, 2019

When this came across my screen the other day, I had my big aha moment.  This meme resonates with me.  It so aligns to my why in education.  I always explain to my student teachers that it's not what you cover in class that is important, it's what you and your students...

July 21, 2019

 Over the past bit of time I have been dealing with a heart issue that has kept me from my job as an educator.  During this time, I still tried to visit my students and touch base with them whenever they needed me.  I took time to and continued my professional developm...

July 5, 2019

Control is an issue we all seem to deal with daily.  Wanting control.  Giving up control.  Losing control.  Keeping your control.  It all matters.

As an educator, I decided to give up control of my class over the years.  No, I don’t let them run the...