KSA #06 Planning · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #13 Community Involvement

The Ultimate Field Trip

This week my grade 8 classes embarked on the ultimate adventure. I would imagine you’re thinking that this field trip must have been big and elaborate with tons of planning and paperwork involved. You’re wrong. We went on the ultimate field trip to the neighbourhood CO-OP grocery store. Students are currently learning about unit rate and… Continue reading The Ultimate Field Trip

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

Culture of Inquiry

I’ve seen this infographic several times on Twitter and I’ve even shared it via my Twitter feed. This infographic provides a clear, concise visual regarding the concept of inquiry. Currently, in education there is a strong push for inquiry based teaching and learning. Inquiry is something that I try to integrate into my lessons on a… Continue reading Culture of Inquiry

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #03 Program of Studies · 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

Learning through Inquiry

As part of my internship, we are to complete a professional development project. For my University Consultant, he has asked us to take this project one step further and perform a research project, of sorts. My original plan for this project was to engage both my SCI 10 and CHEM 20 classes in blogging. The… Continue reading Learning through Inquiry

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

KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #10 Technology · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

ConnectED Canada (#connectedca)

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending ConnectED Canada, where I was fortunate enough to collaborate with so many fantastic educators; words cannot describe how I feel. There is something about the energy in a room full of 250+ educators that is exciting, heartwarming and empowering. Not only have I learned so much… Continue reading ConnectED Canada (#connectedca)