This I Believe

  I believe in… education. it helps make our future brighter. I believe in… a future with an education system that meets the needs of all students. I believe in… volunteerism. a network of care in action.   I believe in… learning about various histories, cultures, stories, and peoples of the world I believe in……

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Breakout!

At a semi-recent PD day, I got the chance to try a Breakout Room scenario thanks to Tara McLauchlan. In a Breakout Room (or escape room), participants are immersed in a narrative that takes place in a single room and requires their escape. Escape is typically achieved by opening a heavily locked box. Elements have been placed about the…

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Mystery Skype Experiment

I’ll try making this a quick one. My classes and I participated in the Microsoft Education Skype-a-thon by doing two “Mystery Skypes”. Mystery Skype is basically a global “Marco Polo” guessing game. Two teachers from anywhere in the world connect on the Skype-a-thon website. Each teacher knows where the other is located; their students, however, do not. The…

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Compliance vs Learning

Once upon a time, I had a discussion with a colleague about how teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. We seemed to agree that if a teacher wants to fully harness the power of students in the classroom, they must be willing to adhere to a teaching style that promotes “higher-level thinking” or “deep learning” (hereafter referred to as just…

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Teach Your Passion (It’s Engaging)

If you’re an educator, you know that the feeling of being overwhelmed comes from a plethora of directions. The province, curriculum, the school board, parents, experts, other teachers, students, and yourself. All these influences come crashing down on you – the axis of the wheel. “Teach this, grade this way, assess this way, engage this way,…

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