KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Design Thinking – Chair Build

In design thinking students were tasked with two different chair building projects. The first asked students to build a chair using only newspaper and masking tape that could support the weight of each of the members of their team. Each group had to complete the following: Complete and submit a blueprint for the chair Build… Continue reading Design Thinking – Chair Build

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Spatial Relationships and Learning

Without a doubt most teachers, parents and students would agree that the physical space makes a difference to learning. Yet many classrooms lack windows and proper lighting and are painted in dreary colours that are uninviting. The spaces many of us are expected to teach in are not conducive to learning. This fall I took a… Continue reading Spatial Relationships and Learning

KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

This year is my first year in a true partner teaching role. In the past I have team taught – working with another colleague in the classroom in a specialized setting – but this is my first year having another math/science expert to plan similar learning experiences with. For me, partner teaching consists of my… Continue reading Partner Teaching: Worthwhile Work

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Track Day: Created a Fitness Culture this Year and Sparked Inspiration for Next

Yesterday we had the pleasure of spending the day in the beautiful sun while celebrating the accomplishments of our young athletes. Students have been working really hard since spring break to prepare for the track meet. A colleague and I coached the 2000 m race. We began by running our Terry Fox run, which was… Continue reading Track Day: Created a Fitness Culture this Year and Sparked Inspiration for Next

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

The Moment for a Smile

Today in class, I observed something that could do nothing but bring a smile to my face. Currently in grade 8 math we are studying surface area of prisms and cylinders. I have taught this unit through inquiry, allowing students to engage in a lot of exploration while I facilitate their learning experience. Each student received 2D shapes… Continue reading The Moment for a Smile

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

DNA Extraction

Today, my students and I were extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Dr. Aaron Goodarzi and his research team at the Heritage Medical Research Centre in the Foothills Hospital. “The technological age has seen humans increasingly exposed to sources of DNA-damaging [ionization] radiation” guides the research conducted by Dr. Goodarzi and his team with… Continue reading DNA Extraction

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #13 Community Involvement · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

U of C Field Trip

A couple weeks back I called a former professor of mine, Vivian Mozol, from the University of Calgary. I explained to her what I was teaching and that I would love to bring my students to the University so that they could get to experience a real science lab, and hopefully ignite a passion/interest in… Continue reading U of C Field Trip

KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

“What are you teaching the world? Who are you learning from?”

As we all prepare for the upcoming year, it’s important to remember why teachers do what we do. A while back I posted “A Pep Talk from Kid President” and today I saw a friend post “Kid President’s Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!”. In the video he asks, “What are you teaching the world? Who are you… Continue reading “What are you teaching the world? Who are you learning from?”