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Futures: Personalization and Community

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As part of the Futures discussion that I have referred to in recent blog entries, the transition to more personalized education poses the question,...
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Personalization: Parents fined for taking kids on holiday during term time

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No need to panic; this blog entry is genuinely about personalization and not fines we're handing out. My title refers to this article: “Should parents...
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Personalization and Experiential Education

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At SMUS we talk about personalization and experiential education as two distinct themes that will shape education in the next decade or more. While...
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Personalization visits

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The path to personalization is simple in theory. It begins by recognizing several ideas: that all students have excellence inside them to discover and...
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Toward Personalization

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Most parents and alumni who read School material, and this blog, will know that the theme of personalization has been a steady, increasingly visible...
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Personalization: the oak and the weed

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Oaks grow slowly, weeds grow fast. Inevitably, many who are so inclined will choose to be the dandelions of personalization, bright and enthusiastic until...
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Personalization: variations on a theme

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In one of the first concerts I attended as Head of SMUS, our accomplished orchestra performed a challenging piece – and one of my...
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Personalization – the mechanics

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For the past few weeks I have mused on the theme of personalization, wandering off on a number of tangents. Fortunately, for us at...
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Personalization… more

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Personalization and the excellent teacher student It’s important to put the emphasis where it belongs. More than a little harm has been done by the...
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Personalization and belonging

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One of the fears of the personalization trend in education is that in the personalized school, with students following their own individual paths, they...
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Personalization – our own garden

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In last week’s blog entry I ruminated on the theme of personalization in education and in our School. I have used the word “garden”...
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Path to Personalization

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My colleagues at SMUS had been using the word “personalization” for a couple of years when it also appeared in the new BC Education...

Personalized Learning: Middle School Art Gets A Creative Redesign

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Visual Arts at the Middle School gets a creative redesign to allow for personalized learning for each artist

Portrait of a Learner: Helping Students Find Balance in Their Busy Lives

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Middle School students learn the importance of finding balance in their lives to help set them up for academic success
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Before and After: Why Families Choose SMUS

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Mr. Paul Leslie, Director of Admissions, writes about the role SMUS plays in transforming students

Middle School Tests a Flexible Schedule to Personalize Learning

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For one day, May 10, the schedule was wiped clean and students had a modified schedule that allowed for longer, more personalized learning opportunities

Dream Big Stories: Ms. Susan Vachon

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Ms. Susan Vachon talks about how SMUS's annual Dream Big fund has a direct impact on the education students receive – in this case Learning Resources
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Bits and Pieces

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My industrious and dedicated assistant, Jennifer White, was musing on my schedule at this special time of the year. Bemused, she repeats to me...
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How personalized is the SMUS education already?

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This year at Alumni receptions I have introduced a new element in the message from the School: in addition to news about favourite teachers...
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Engagement

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Our Vancouver Alumni event last week was a great example of what engagement means at our school – so those of you who were...
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Middle School Learning: How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

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by Ms. Tanya Lee, Middle School personalization leader In a recent Communication Skills class, I posed the provocative statement: The Internet has done more harm...
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Middle School Learning: The Power of Setting Goals

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I read a quote the other day that read: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” I believe the same is true...
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Middle School Learning: Can Creativity Be Taught?

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If creativity is a new generation skill, how can we teach it? Quite simply, I don’t think we can. I do believe, however, it...
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Middle School Learning: Addressing News in Age-Appropriate Ways

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As I scrolled through my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago, I was horrified to read about the events of the day before....
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Middle School Learning: If You Build It, They Will Come

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Does workspace impact creativity, innovation and productivity? Google, Facebook, Samsung and a number of other major companies believe so. In fact, the Harvard Business Review...
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Middle School Learning: Finding Your Perfect Struggle

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Imagine being good at everything you ever tried. You enter a basketball court, pick up a ball, take a shot and “swoosh” the ball...
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Middle School Learning: Providing ‘Voice and Choice’

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The year is 1986. I take my seat in my Grade 6 class and wait patiently. My teacher rises from his desk and begins to tell us...
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Common experiences

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Personalized education is not a flavour of the month, we have observed at SMUS. Rather it is the next step in an evolution that...
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Music Review

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A few days ago, one of my colleagues recalled the occasion, over a decade ago, when she first heard our Grade Five string orchestra...
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What makes education better?

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This question has spawned many answers, not always good ones. Two weeks ago I wrote about the experience I and Nancy Richards, our Director...
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Professional Development

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Professional development and personal development are usually one and the same. This morning I was speaking at length with one of our Senior English teachers,...

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