KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #10 Technology

CHINDOGU: It’s useful and useless

In Design Thinking students embarked on a bit of an obscure journey when they returned from Spring Break. Students were asked to create a useful, useless project, referred to as CHINDOGU. Students were hooked into the project using the following video: From here, students were tasked with designing their own CHINDOGU project. Each student had… Continue reading CHINDOGU: It’s useful and useless

KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

The Meaning of Area

To begin our unit on Surface Area and to review the concept of area, students were given a bag of irregular shaped objects, string and 1-centimeter square grid paper. With these materials students were asked to determine, as accurately as possible, the area of each of the irregular shaped objects. Students were challenged to figure… Continue reading The Meaning of Area

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #13 Community Involvement

Community Partners Benefit Learning Opportunities for Students

This month Laura Olson, Design Engineer at Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., came in to work with our grade 8 students. Our students were working on their Rube Goldberg machines as their unit end project for Mechanical Systems. One of the aspects of the design process we emphasized in this project was how the students communicated their… Continue reading Community Partners Benefit Learning Opportunities for Students

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning

The Cell Analogy: Completed Products

We’ve completed the “Cell Analogy Project” in grade 8 Science. Below is a child’s story written by one student and some photos of products made by others, including an analogy to the show “Vampire Diaries”, a restaurant, Santa’s Workshop, a computer, a beehive and a soccer team. I’m extremely proud of the work my students… Continue reading The Cell Analogy: Completed Products

KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #10 Technology · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

My PSIII Technology Plan

Hi Folks! Kurtis Hewson, professor at the University of Lethbridge, will be giving a keynote for Livingstone Range School Division Summer Institute on asynchronous learning (August 13 – 15, 2013). I made my very first webcast titled, “My Technology Plan“, for Kurtis to show at this conference to give those attending an idea of what… Continue reading My PSIII Technology Plan

ED4764:The Internet and Education · KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #10 Technology · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Research: It Has It’s Place In K-12 Education

In this module we discussed the different facets of research and it’s importance in education. Many students leave High School with a primitive understanding of the logistics of research. We need to make it a focus as educators to model more effective research practices for our students, so that they leave our classrooms prepared for… Continue reading Research: It Has It’s Place In K-12 Education

KSA #03 Program of Studies · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Science Education as a Call to Action: A Challenge to the Status Quo

I highly suggest Science Education As a Call to Action; a very interesting read by Derek Hodson, retired Professor from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Below I reflect on his paper and it’s relevance to teaching and learning in today’s classrooms. As an aspiring high school science teacher, Hodson’s reading has definitely made me reflect on what… Continue reading Science Education as a Call to Action: A Challenge to the Status Quo