Last week ETCATA hosted an Invent to Learn workshop with Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez. This experience provided Alberta educators with two full days of learning about making, tinkering and engineering in the classroom. Attendees were all provided with a copy of their book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. It… Read More The Best Makerspace Is Between Your Ears!
This post is the second in two-part series of posts on some ideas I have been exploring over the past year in a half through in my Graduate Program. If you missed part 1, you can find it here. These ideas originate from a project I completed, Multimedia Literacy in the Elementary Language Arts Classroom: A RESOURCE… Read More Why Multimedia Literacy Pt. 2
Recently, I had the chance to visit Michael Strembitsky School. Something that stood out for me was their celebration of their “Epic Fails”. For the past 2 years and a bit, their school has been on a journey to make Inspiring Education come to life. There is a focus on cross curricular planning and inquiry… Read More Epic Fails: A lesson from Michael Strembinsky School
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Danah Boyd, was eye opening. Having not been a teenager for a while now, I have not taken the perspective of a teen for many years. The world I grew up in is quite different from the modern day teen experience. In her book, Boyd talks… Read More Response to Reading- It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, by Danah Boyd
Having dedicated time to plan with another teacher or several teachers has been one of the best parts of my job this year. As a Lead Collaboration Teacher, I get to work with teachers who request to work with our team. Using Jennifer Katz’s 3 Block Model our team has recently been focused on Block… Read More Teacher Collaboration: How Can We Get More of This?
This post was part of my final assignment for a class I took through the Mahatma Gandhi 2014 Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities, EDES 501 Toward a Curriculum of Community. This was one of the most amazing classes I have taken and was a life changing experience for me. I created the project as an ABC… Read More Creating a Community Classroom Environment
The other day, I overheard someone say, “Here is another new thing they want us to try.” This is not something new, I have heard this comment made many a time during staff meetings and PD days. It made me think is Universal Design for Learning (UDL) just another new thing that we are making people do?… Read More Is UDL Just Another “Fad” In Education?