Image from: http://langwitches.org/blog/2014/11/23/blogging-for-learning-mulling-it-over/ Recently I read, “Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom“, by Henry Jenkins and Wyn Kelley. It was an excellent read and it made me reflect on how I first started blogging with students. In the book, Jenkins talks about traditional reading and writing skills still being important, but traditional… Read More Teaching in a Participatory Culture
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 summer I took a class on Integration of Emerging Technologies. For our final project, “Vision of the Future”, I reflected on the things I have been learning this past year and what I would want my classroom to look like in the future. I have been eager to learn all I can about how… Read More Vision of My Future Classroom
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
To build a community, you need to build relationships, to build relationships you need trust. I have been thinking more consciously about building trust lately. One of my most challenging tasks as a classroom teacher is earning the trust of my new students at the beginning of the school year. Some students are easy to win… Read More Trust is Not Always an Easy Thing to Earn
Do kids use technology inappropriately? Absolutely! Then perhaps we should just not let them use the technology, right? Some people say that technology is to blame for the lack of face to face interaction with others. Some say technology is to blame for all the antisocial and disrespectful behaviours we see in young people today.… Read More Technology a Villain?