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Nick Smith

Nick Smith graduated from the University of Victoria in 1990, majoring in English. He completed his teaching certificate at Simon Fraser University in 1993, specializing in alternative education and learning disabilities, and taught for the Vancouver School Board from 1993-2006.

In 2005, Nick moved to the Sunshine Coast with his wife and two boys, spent a year teaching at the Sunshine Coast Alternative School, and now teaches full-time in Spider, the online adult education program. In 2007, Nick completed his Master's of Educational Technology through the University of British Columbia. He has a strong interest in open-source software.

Nick has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, Europe and Asia. Over the years, he has written about music, environmental issues, food, and education for publications such as The Georgia Straight and Adbusters. Nick now writes exclusively for The Tyee.

Reporting Beat: Education, and the social issues that surround education. Nick may be one of the only teachers in BC who writes about education from the front lines.

Twitter: @mr_nixmith

Stories by Nick Smith

opinion

BC Teacher to Ministry: How Can I Possibly Formulate Grades?

Due to the strike, there's no way to assess my students' learning.

By Nick Smith, 26 Jun 2014


opinion

A Tyee Series

Idea #2: Turn Complex Problems into Games

Have fun and save the world: It worked for one conundrum that boggled scientists for years. Second in a series.

By Nick Smith, 20 Dec 2012


opinion

Drinking in BC's Beer Identity

At the local fest, I solicit brewmaster views on what makes a true West Coast brew. And heroically narrow down my top 10.

By Nick Smith, 22 Sep 2012


opinion

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My Public Investigation

A public school teacher confronts his anxiety about private education in BC.

By Nick Smith, 5 Sep 2012


opinion

A Tyee Series

Seven Ways to Empower Your Wired Teen

TYEE LIST #13: With mobile power comes great responsibility. A teacher's tipsheet.

By Nick Smith, 5 May 2012


opinion

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Idea #6: Tech-Savvy Classrooms to Personalize Learning

Use kids' texting, Youtubing ways to their advantage, in classrooms that embrace new media.

By Nick Smith, 26 Dec 2011


opinion

'Open Courses, Open Teaching, This Is Dangerous'

A BC teacher reports from the front lines of the open source education movement.

By Nick Smith, 15 Sep 2011


opinion

I Volunteered to Coach My Child, Not Be Fingerprinted

Still, I was ready to go. Until I found the new rules don't do much at all to truly protect kids from predators.

By Nick Smith, 23 Feb 2011


opinion

End of the Go It Alone Adventure

People used to travel to discover things for themselves. Facebook changed that. Everyone else gets to look in now.

By Nick Smith, 31 Aug 2010


opinion

The Day Teachers Dread

How to kill morale: Every year tell your dedicated staff to get ready to be dumped or bumped.

By Nick Smith, 17 May 2010


opinion

The New School of Google

Why make students memorize facts easily found on the Net? We must change how we teach.

By Nick Smith, 3 Feb 2010


opinion

Anatomy of a Murdered High School Course

Why do creative efforts to educate die? Witness the killing of TPC 12.

By Nick Smith, 22 Sep 2009


opinion

What's Your Hundred Mile Holiday?

Staying close to home can save cash, energy, sanity. Share with us, please, your favourite local pastime.

By Nick Smith, 31 Jul 2009


opinion

In Praise of the Mancation

Every year we fill a coffin with beer and set forth into BC's wilderness.

By Nick Smith, 7 Jul 2009


news

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Idea #1: Slow Towns

Local, relaxed, sustainable. Europe is leading the way. Is BC next?

By Nick Smith, 22 Dec 2008


opinion

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Time to Reset the School Clock

Every kid is different. Why force each mind to fit the same timetable? Last in a Tyee reader-funded series.

By Nick Smith, 19 Sep 2008


opinion

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We Can Teach Teachers Better

Pro-D workshops aren't enough. It takes expert mentoring, teamwork and sweat. Fifth in a Tyee reader-funded series.

By Nick Smith, 16 Sep 2008


opinion

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Learning 2.0

New breed of teacher blends Facebook with textbooks. Fourth in a Tyee reader-funded series.

By Nick Smith, 12 Sep 2008


opinion

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Small Schools, Next Big Thing

Kids learn better in more focused, familiar settings. Third in a Tyee reader-funded series.

By Nick Smith, 9 Sep 2008


news

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Get Kids out of the Classroom!

Plug them into their community, and they thrive. Second in a Tyee reader-funded series.

By Nick Smith, 5 Sep 2008


opinion

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In Search of A+ Teaching

One teacher's quest to learn from the best educators he can find. First in a Tyee reader-funded series.

By Nick Smith, 2 Sep 2008


opinion

BC's Big Box Education

Why we need better alternatives.

By Nick Smith, 19 Jun 2007


opinion

Boy Trouble?

We're cheating all students. Girls may just put up with it better.

By Nick Smith, 27 Feb 2007


opinion

A Tyee Series

The Quiet Revolution in BC Schooling

Officials are downplaying huge changes online learning will bring.

By Nick Smith, 6 Sep 2006