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
My initial reaction to the book “The Shallows”, by Nicholas Carr is that it paints a very negative picture of using the internet. I have a hard time with this as I love using technology personally and in my classroom. Although, I think it is important to be conscious of how the internet can affect… Read More My response to reading, “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr
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?
I have read a few of these sunshine blog posts and have enjoyed getting to know a bit more about my PLN. I am going to do mine a bit different though. Rather than nominate 11 other bloggers feel free to answer my questions and continue this if you like. No pressure! Here is how… Read More Sunshine Blog
I signed up for my first Twitter account a few years ago. After signing up, I just could not get into it. Who cares what celebrities are doing anyway? I remember thinking Twitter was nothing more than a status update like on Facebook…pointless. Last year, I attended a session at the North Central Teachers Convention on digital citizenship… Read More Twitter Reignited My Passion
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?