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 #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Real-life Math

Students were given a percent project a couple weeks back. In this project they were given an hourly wage and using this hourly wage they had to calculate their annual gross income, annual net income (using current tax brackets), create a budget, determine the type of home they could (or could not afford) and then… Continue reading Real-life Math

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 #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Dog House Project

For the months of November and December we worked on the concepts of surface area and volume in math class. Throughout the unit students engaged in inquiry based classes where rather than providing them a formula, I gave them shapes on grid (or plain white) paper and asked them to use their prior knowledge to… Continue reading Dog House Project

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Let’s Plan a Feast!

Currently in Grade 8 Math we are working on ratios, rates and proportions. Last week, through a series of lessons, scaffolding was used to increase students understanding of the concepts. This week students were given an assignment called “Let’s Plan a Feast”. The Original Plan Students would be given specific items and assigned to a… Continue reading Let’s Plan a Feast!

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 #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?”