Markham T&L Blog


At the end of the last academic year, the History department built on it’s existing model of project based learning, drew inspiration from the announcement of the SEED curriculum and took a bold step into the concept of project based learning. As Jennifer Gonzalez writes, ‘the easiest...

June 8, 2018

In ToK, students need to think about the methods used to gain new knowledge across the Human Sciences and whether these different methods are valid, reliable and accurate.

ToK requires students to link school subjects with Real Life Situations.

So, we set up an activity over 2 double sessions, in whic...

May 16, 2018

“By 2030 depression will be the most significant health issue facing the millennial generation”. (WHO, 2012)

Conference Overview

The purpose of the Healthy Hearts and Healthy Minds Conference was to address and unravel how educators can best prepare students for an increasingly challenging, ever chang...

October 18, 2017

Suggesting that student engagement might actually be a bad thing tend to get certain people’s dander up. There was a mild spat recently about Rob Coe reiterating that engagement was a ‘poor proxy’ for learning.

 You can read the full blog post, and some very interesting comments, here: http://ww...

October 12, 2017

I recently came across a couple of excellent templates for some brilliant activities to help get students thinking more deeply about the content they have been learning. You can access a file with all the activities here. All are provided in a single page format and also in a two per page format. No...

September 21, 2017

I’ve taught at two schools in my career.

The first, in California, had a dozen teachers in total. I adored my colleagues, but we each had our own domain. I handled Trig, Precalc, Calculus, and Stats. Soon I fell into unquestioned habits, built on assumptions I didn’t know I was making.

My second schoo...

September 11, 2017

My comfort zone in the classroom as a teacher is teaching the same way I was taught. I teach
Mathematics, and the way I had it when I was a student was looking at worked examples on the
board and then practicing (individually or in pairs). I would practice a learned skill or a method and
finally I w...

September 10, 2017

With classmates, parents, teachers, and even the Roanoke County schools superintendent standing before him, high school senior Bubba Smith took a deep breath and set the two-story Rube Goldberg machine into motion.

The contraption, which performed a series of complicated actions to lift a banner, was...

August 19, 2017

For quite a long time I was not particularly concerned about misconceptions. Trained in a predominantly exploratory and student-centred style, misconceptions were inevitable in my lessons. Requiring novices to work in groups and to access material with limited or no support effectively guaranteed th...

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