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 #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Maker vs. Design Thinking

Are “maker” and “Design Thinking” the same? Can we use these terms synonymously? In many conversations with teachers I hear these terms being used interchangeably. If students are making, they are design thinking, or if they are design thinking, they have to be making. However, this is not the case. Maker is merely one component of Design… Continue reading Maker vs. Design Thinking

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 #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning

The Journey of Learning

I’ve been given the opportunity this year to attend workshops hosted by Galileo Educational Network. Once a month I meet with other new teachers and we discuss what we are seeing in our class, project design, assessment, etc. It’s been an extremely interesting experience to have the opportunity to learn and collaborate with others on… Continue reading The Journey of Learning

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Classroom Whiteboards: The Hub for Student Collaboration

This year I have been working with Galileo and other novice teachers in Area III. One Monday morning per month we get together and talk about what is happening in our classroom, how we can deepen student engagement, build real-life tasks, how to connect formative and summative assessments, etc. So far one of the biggest pieces… Continue reading Classroom Whiteboards: The Hub for Student Collaboration

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

The question to guide learning

There is a lot of learning that goes on in a classroom throughout a year. We have curriculum and hidden curriculum and each carry their own merit. For students, to help them connect their learning to the bigger picture and give them a more meaningful learning experience,  in grade 8 science and math, we will be… Continue reading The question to guide learning

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?”

KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Final Projects

Final project season is in full swing. It’s been an interesting experience watching students adjust to the concept of less structure and more self-regulation. Throughout the year, students receive instruction, assignments, individual work, group work, etc. providing some sense of structure to the day. During the month of June, students are working on final projects everyday… Continue reading Final Projects