Cecil Hall is a Grades 9-12 Financial & Marketing Management teacher at Nelson Mandela High School in Calgary, Alberta.
Cecil defines his purpose in life as serving in the discovery of gems. He believes we are all gems just waiting to be recognized. His journey as an educator was inspired by his grade 10 biology teacher, Mr. Winston Roberts. He began as a teacher of agricultural science in an urban high school in Jamaica. This prepared him for his entry into the Canadian educational system. He introduced computer science in an independent K-9 school in Ontario, Canada. Today, after developing a robotics program in a Calgary high school, he leads the business studies program at Nelson Mandela High School. In addition to his B.Sc, Cecil has an MBA and an M.Ed.
Cecil on Powerful Learning:
What book has influenced your thinking on powerful teaching and learning?
Grading for Equity – What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms by Joe Feldman. The book encouraged me strongly to reflect on what I am talking about when talked about grading my students’ work. Late work does not mean a student is less competent than a student who handed in the work on time.