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Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. ‘All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education’ (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999.
For twelve years, he was Professor of Education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now Professor Emeritus.
In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.
Sir Ken has appeared in a range of television interviews and programs. Many of his live presentations have also been recorded. Visit his website for recent videos. http://sirkenrobinson.com
Good Teachers May Not Fit the Mold
Bryan Goodwin, Educational Leadership
Like many major league teams, schools may be overlooking some important metrics or even using the wrong measures as they strive to recruit and retain the best teachers.
What Matters More
Research suggests that good teachers possess a few simple, quantifiable attributes.
One of four Canada Research Chair grant recipients announced by Brock Thursday, Rowsell says today's school children simply don't read the way their parents did.
Where their parents would sit down with a book to read, today's kids farm for information in the digital world using what Rowsell calls "multimodal literacy."
"This means they are using several modes of expression at once," she said. "They are reading text, but there are photos and hyperlinks and videos and sound and they are navigating this all at once."
In recognition of Remembrance Day, November 11th, 2010 there will be a short ceremony in the Hamilton Campus gym tomorrow, Wednesday, November 10th from 11:50am - 12:00 noon.
All are welcome to attend.
The world of education is ever changing, each day new technologies and opportunities become available to both educators and students and as a teacher candidate I believe it is of the upmost importance that we ensure we are aware of and efficiently able to incorporate these changes and technologies into our classroom. The Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession provide teachers with a framework of principles that describe the knowledge, skills and values bestowed in Ontario’s teaching profession.
Wow! What an inspiring seminar given by Nature Photographer, Freeman Patterson. I just returned home from the Brock U. St. Catharines campus where Freeman Patterson gave a free seminar to a variety of Arts students, Education Students and members of the Community. He spoke to Creativity! He talked about life, death, significant people in his life, dreams, travel to places such as South Africa, New Zealand, Halifax, and he displayed many photographs of his work.
PJI Federation Day
Friday November 5th, 9:00 - 11:30am
Hamilton Campus Gym
From October 18 to 22, the Brock community will join institutions around the world in celebrating Open Access Week. This week is an opportunity for the academic community to explore and discuss the benefits of free, online access to the results of scholarly research.
We invite students, faculty, and staff to attend our events and learn more about this global movement.
Dread writing your bibliography?
Take control of your research!
Learn how to use Refworks to:
* organize your citations
* create bibliographies in the style of your choice
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5
5:00 – 5:45
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7
12:00 – 12:45
CLASSROOM A, MATHESON LEARNING COMMONS
No need to register, just come on by!
Dear P/J/I Teacher Candidates,
Don't miss the upcoming P/J/I Arts Conference entitled Arts Matter: Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum. Limited space is available so make sure you are one of the first 200 teacher candidates accepted!
We are recruiting for the Mentor Connector Program - teacher candidates or Master's students who volunteer to work one hour one night a week in NCDSB's online homework helpline! The program is unique in Ontario (and may be unique in Canada) so students who participate have this unique service to add to their resumes in January. As well, this is a priority project of the NCDSB, so Brock students will be introduced to the program by people in the NCDSB Board offices - it's nice to meet people in the board before those all-important interviews! Read MORE here!
Would you like to integrate technology into your teaching practice, but don't have access to a LCD projector?
Teacher candidates who attend a brief LCD projector information session will have an opportunity to sign out an Epson LCD projector to use for up to 3 days in their classroom.
As the best-selling projector manufacturer in the world, Epson believes that projectors can be used to facilitate communication, inspire collaboration, and enhance teaching and learning. Consequently, Epson Canada has graciously donated 20 Multimedia LCD projectors to the Teacher Education Department to be used exclusively by teacher candidates during their practicum placements.
The Epson® PowerLite® Multimedia projector, can be used to not only bring brilliant presentations to your classroom, but it can also be used to take advantage of the plethora of internet resources that can be used to create engaging learning experiences for students of all ages.
You must attend one of these information sessions to be eligible to use these projectors. You can register for the training session by visiting:
Wednesday October 6, 2010 - St. Catharines Campus
Wednesday October 13, 2010 - Hamilton Campus
Brock PhD student Christina Skorobohacz reflects on the realities of a career in academia.
Thinking about becoming an academic? A graduate student and aspiring academic reflects on a semester-long internship shadowing an assistant professor. Anyone contemplating an academic career will find this reflection of particular interest. Read More in Academic Matters