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
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!
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
Central Idea The survival of living things is connected to the environment in which they live. One of the greatest things about the school I work in, are the parents. It is their commitment to their child’s education and their support that helps make our jobs so easy. One week before our new UOI … More Sharing The Planet – Honeycomb Provocation
Regie Routman Residency 2014 – 2015 Transforming our teaching through: Reading to Understand Writing for Audience and Purpose Reading and Writing Connections Our school’s professional development focus this year is on literacy. My students have been learning about habits and how to create a habit for writing. We talked about how writing becomes easier the … More #30DayWritingChallenge – The challenge begins…
In my first year teaching, I had an amazing opportunity to team-teach with a colleague, who had done a significant amount of PD on Anne Davies. As I worked with this teacher, back home in Calgary, AB, she became an incredible mentor who helped me successfully get through my first year of teaching. Which explains why … More Creating Assessment Criteria With Students – Anne Davies PD