Headwaters Academy News

  1. Changing the Concept of a Due Date

    Traditional teaching practice in regards to project due dates is as follows: 1) Set the assignment due date. 2) Have students hand in their assignments on this date. 3) Evaluate the assignments, put a mark on the front, and hand... Read Full Article
  2. The Things I Do Not Know

    I am, in the modern meaning of the word, highly educated.  I am among the slightly less than 1 in 10 Canadians who hold a Masters Degree.  I’ve spent twenty years in schools as a student.   However, in all... Read Full Article
  3. Tour Weekend March 4th and 5th

    Headwaters Academy will be open for tours on Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th.  Tours can be booked via Following this time we will enter Phase II of our renovations – the major focus of which is our... Read Full Article
  4. The Best That School Can Be

    “The ideas… are extremely simple and should be obvious.  The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones.” – John Maynard Keyes, 1936   When we started to build the ideal school we asked ourselves... Read Full Article
  5. Unplugging the Children

    “There will be no electronics on this trip.”   “What about cell phones?”   “No.”   “What about earbuds for the movies on the airplane?”   “No.”   “What about iPads for the trip from the airport to our house?”... Read Full Article
  6. Making the Ontario Curriculum Work for Learners

    “Headwaters Academy students will meet or exceed all expectations of the Ontario curriculum.”    This has long been our promise at Headwaters Academy.  I’m reminded, in writing and saying this, to be humble as I’d much rather say that our... Read Full Article
  7. Teachers: Listen to Obama

    Dear Teaching Colleagues, There was a warning in Obama’s farewell address that I hope we all heed – not just for our own good, but for that of our students: “The next wave of economic dislocations won’t come from overseas.  ... Read Full Article
  8. Red Tailed Hawk Forest School – A Visit

    Principal Brown had the chance to tour Red Tail Hawk Forest School today.  He has written the following post to share with us.   I’ve just got in from touring Red Tail Hawk Forest School, operated by Shannon Foley and... Read Full Article
  9. On Success and Failure

    Backstory: I am writing this reflection after finding it difficult to convince my students to help one another learn.  I was left to wonder why they found helping each not only a foreign expectation, but also a threat to their... Read Full Article