Sharing the Planet (VIDEO) – Making Learning Visible

I never realised just how significant it was to “make learning visible” until I saw it created with purpose within my own classroom.  As an educator, I’m always appreciative of learning something new.  In fact, it’s a celebration.  I always try my best to ensure that my students know we are always learning.  Learning doesn’t ever stop … More Sharing the Planet (VIDEO) – Making Learning Visible

Workshops, ideas, mini-inquiries…” What do good learners do to help themselves learn?”

It’s always the best when you come back from a workshop completely invigorated.  Attending Kath Murdoch’s Inquiry workshop was better than I would have expected because of how empowered I felt afterwards.  I had been toying with the idea of having a Makerspace in my classroom for sometime but struggling with how to use it … More Workshops, ideas, mini-inquiries…” What do good learners do to help themselves learn?”

New School Year = New Goal: #GrowthMindset #FlexibleSeating

Over the summer, while my husband and I were back home in Canada, we attended an #IBpyp Inquiry workshop in Vancouver.  It gave me an opportunity to reflect on how my teaching practice has continued to evolve.  It also gave me time to do some goal setting. I had been toying with the idea about … More New School Year = New Goal: #GrowthMindset #FlexibleSeating

New School Year = New Goal: #GrowthMindset #FlexibleSeating

Over the summer, while my husband and I were back home in Canada, we attended an #IBpyp Inquiry workshop in Vancouver.  It gave me an opportunity to reflect on how my teaching practice has continued to evolve.  It also gave me time to do some goal setting. I had been toying with the idea about … More New School Year = New Goal: #GrowthMindset #FlexibleSeating

Dr. Marian Small – How to foster critical thinking in math…

One of the greatest things about being a teacher is the constant push in our profession to become better.  We know the better we get, the better our students will get.  It is this knowledge, that motivates and encourages me to keep learning.  Yesterday, we were fortunate to take part in a PD opportunity with Dr. … More Dr. Marian Small – How to foster critical thinking in math…

Best Practice – Student Generated Class Libraries

In 2014-2015, my school endeavoured on a year long Regie Routman PD that helped bring literacy alive in our classrooms.  As we learned different things week to week, it became apparent (if it wasn’t already apparent to us) that teaching literacy and engaging students in reading and writing is created through good habits. In the … More Best Practice – Student Generated Class Libraries

Parent Involvement – Community Building!

This year has been the absolute best.  I have never quite had such an involved and supportive parent community as the 2014/2015 school year.  Parents can really add so much to our learning and it is incredibly important to build those relationships with them.  When there is an open line of communication and parents are made … More Parent Involvement – Community Building!

Making Learning Visible

If I could take one thing away from the Harvard Visible Thinking Course it is the importance of group work.  Not just students being thrown together haphazardly but effective and thoughtful groupings.  Group work that allows students to learn from one another, to openly share their ideas through a variety of different means and ultimately group … More Making Learning Visible