Category: Reflections

Neoliberalism as Nihilism?

I’ve come back to university a very different person from the one who left it. Among many other things, I’ve become more creative and artistic and I want to use these skills to help reflect the work I do in an engaging way. Academia has also become increasingly aware of the value of alternative forms…

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Back To School

So I’m doing something that, 10 years ago, I never thought I would be doing: I’m taking my Master’s in Education. Back in 2007, I did not enjoy taking my Bachelor of Education, but I loved teaching. But now that I’ve been teaching since 2008, things change and an opportunity arose. The proposition was to…

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SPQR @ GWMS

I’m teaching Social Studies again this year. Grade 8 Social Studies. My curriculum is…world history. Pretty much none of it is off the table. As a fan of history, this is great. I started the year by running a Classroom Story where students create and run their own city-states/islands. We learned about some of the terminology…

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Involuntary Hiatus

From mid-2017 until recently, I feel like I developed a bad habit: I was proverbially throwing the baby out with the  bathwater. I rejected the good things within a larger body because I didn’t like some of the elements. What did I throw away? My involvement online. The news made me mad, social media seemed…

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Doodle Battle: Fight for the Whiteboard

As with most things in our classroom, it started with a story. In our Classroom Story, “Carta Marina”, we had a portion called Dungeon Dash where students’ characters were navigating a dungeon looking for monsters, loot, and keys. One group encountered a Slime, the most basic, weak, and ubiquitous of the Fantasy Role-Playing Game enemies/monsters. Below is the…

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