TD Theme: Who We Are Central Idea: Our individual uniqueness contributes to our learning community. You know when you hit on a really amazing learning engagement and it works!? When it’s something you can do year after year, and each year it changes because of the directions students take it in? I’d like to … More #Inquiry: What do good learners do to help themselves learn?
Nothing beats getting outside! I went to a workshop one time and the facilitator got all of us to try and remember a favourite childhood memory. After hearing the stories from the participants, the connection was made to the fact that ninety percent of these memories involved the outdoors. When I think of a … More #OutdoorClassDay Kindergarten Mosaic
All teachers, all honest teachers are well aware when an engagement they’ve planned out flops. You always have the best intentions of course, but sometimes there are just too many variables. Sometimes, you sincerely have no idea what happened. Other times, you know exactly what happened. One of the greatest things I think about being … More Grade 1: Inquiry into Time!
This UOI has always been tricky for me and after the workshops this summer I was more than ready to try a bit of a different approach. The UOI: How We Organize Ourselves is the perfect unit to start the year off. It began with handing over control (see my blog post on Flexible Seating) … More HWOO – Clock Inquiry Grade 1
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?”
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
One of my goals this year was to become a better presenter. As a teacher we are always presenting, and we don’t often think of ourselves as presenters. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone to get a better understanding of how I could become more effective. I was given the opportunity … More Teachers Teaching Teachers: How I Learned…
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…
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
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