In Science class we are currently learning about the cell and the students are working on creating a product to demonstrate their learning through analogies. Some students are writing a cell story, others are making a comic, a rap (or song), a newscast, etc. Each student has been given the opportunity to personalize his or… Continue reading The Cell Analogy
“Students will rise to the level of expectations” ~Jamie Escalante Have you ever seen the movie Stand and Deliver? If not, it’s worth the time to watch. The first time I saw this movie was in my second education course at Mount Royal University. Jamie Escalante teaches english language learners in a low socioeconomic status; the… Continue reading Students will rise to the level of expectations
Over the past week, students have been familiarizing themselves with Lewis theory, structural diagrams and areas of electron density to lead them to where we are today. As students have worked through concepts, and become masters, each concept crucial to the understanding of the next one, they have unknowingly been preparing for VSEPR Yoga! The… Continue reading VSEPR Yoga!
How we communicate with anyone is extremely important. The way we communicate with students, parents, administrators and colleagues directly impacts the learning that occurs in our classroom. This module on communication demonstrated various ways to use the Internet to interact with students, parents and administrators. I think back to my PSII experience in a large… Continue reading The Art of Communication
What does authentic assessment mean? This is a question that I personally ponder as I’m sure many experienced and new teachers do. How do we effectively assess our students in a meaningful way that allows us as teachers to feel confident in our students knowledge but also our students to feel that they have been… Continue reading Authentic Assessment
What do you do when a student get’s a lower grade on their Performance Task, than they are capable? They’ve demonstrated enough competency to earn an “EM – Emergent” on their report card, but you know they are capable of more. Do you force them to keep that grade, offer them the opportunity to increase… Continue reading Authentic Assessment: A Building Block For Learning
Today was a day of interesting happenings in grade three. Really, the past short while has been a time of interesting happenings. One of my students, not your regular average Billy or Betty, but one of the more sensitive students who struggles with reading and writing has been so on fire. It is extremely typical… Continue reading The Brain: An Intricate Tool that Works in Mysterious Ways
Tonight, in fact every Sunday night, at 8 PM EST a group of educators meet on the social network site Twitter to engage in conversation. #21stedchat is the stream used in Twitter to discuss topics relevant to 21st century learners and teachers, bring educators from around the globe together to collaborate and build PLN’s. This… Continue reading Differentiation in the Classroom
When I first heard today that our task was to use Inspiration software to create concept (or mind) maps, a single question popped into my mind “Is this an applicable tool to enhance the learning for all students in the classroom?” At first, to myself I replied with a simple and abrupt “Nope”. You’re probably questioning what… Continue reading How can Concept Maps be used to benefit all learners?