Research: Why, & What does it tell us?

Research is important because without it we’d never know anything. To conduct research we must have some notion that the world we experience is real and that there is some knowable truth we can arrive at through observation, questioning and experimentation. To do research we must be realists to a …

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Are Our Schools Ready For the Future?

It’s a tough question… but the answer is easy, it’s “no”. The reason the question is tough is because schools, their design and purpose, has been the same since their arrival on the scene at the end of the enlightenment and the dawn of the modern industrial age. They are …

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My Identity in Bits and Bytes

The readings from my MA program are quite good. I especially enjoyed Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. Jenkins, H (2009). It never really got me thinking about my own identity however, but helped me understand the challenges to employing digital media in education …

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4 Teaching Tips for ESL

We are all dedicated teachers and we all want to do what is best for our students, but sometimes we aren’t doing the best job we can do. Every teacher benefits from taking a look at their classroom habits from time to time and checking we are not making the following …

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Lost in Laowai Land

I originally published this article in August of 2013 while home in Prince Edward Island for the first time in 5 years and after having lived in Shanghai for 4 years. A few years have passed since that time and in a month I am once again going home. Right …

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In Search of Mark Kitto

Forward: I originally published this on January 5th 2013 after my first visit to Moganshan on two blog sites I used to run. I’m republishing my best work here. Enjoy! Journey to Moganshan The Decision My first encounter with Moganshan and Mark Kitto came about a few years ago when …

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China Defends Patriotic Education Brainwashing

Today, September 18th, China’s People’s Daily, (a state run propaganda rag) launched a fierce attack on the Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times for recent articles they have published. If there is one thing the Chinese Communist Party cannot stand is publications out of their control in barbarian western …

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LaoShan for the Holidays: Day 2

*Click here for Day 1 Having had a terrible night’s sleep, quite unsure if it was good enough to qualify as “terrible”, we exited our hotel and went down to the bay where the crowd was steadily growing delivered by a long line of “free” buses. We went to a …

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