We are a group of practicing BC teachers interested in assessment. Join us on our journey.
Born in North York, Ontario, Phil moved to North Vancouver at four years old. He started teaching in North and West Vancouver in 1996. His first full-time job was teaching at a small Vancouver independent school where he taught PE, mathematics, science, and computer science. He moved to Southridge School - at that time a fledgling independent school - as a senior mathematics teacher. While at Southridge he completed his MET degree and became the Coordinator of Technology Integration. This experience led him to his current school where he started in that same role with a focus of developing the infrastructure and teacher-resources needed for a one-to-one laptop program. After three years and the school ready for implementation, Phil stepped back into the mathematics classroom as the Department Head of Mathematics at Crofton House School. His passionate about assessment truly took off after learning about Standards Based Grading at the 1st Annual CanFlip conference in Kelowna. Since this conference, he has been exploring using SBG in mathematics. In 2017, he wrote an article for Vector magazine detailing his understanding and application of assessment. Since then, he has been working with schools across the country to explore assessment practices. As well, Phil has been a Research Chair at Crofton House School with an interest in applying recent advances in cognitive science into the (mathematics) classroom. Between tweeting, researching, speaking, and coaching, he has loved to give back to the profession. Outside of the classroom, Phil is an avid soccer coach and fan, father to his son Oliver (Grade 5), and partner to his amazing (teacher) wife, Lisa.