KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

Design Thinking – Chair Build

In design thinking students were tasked with two different chair building projects. The first asked students to build a chair using only newspaper and masking tape that could support the weight of each of the members of their team. Each group had to complete the following: Complete and submit a blueprint for the chair Build… Continue reading Design Thinking – Chair Build

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 #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 #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 #05 Differentiation · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies

The Moment for a Smile

Today in class, I observed something that could do nothing but bring a smile to my face. Currently in grade 8 math we are studying surface area of prisms and cylinders. I have taught this unit through inquiry, allowing students to engage in a lot of exploration while I facilitate their learning experience. Each student received 2D shapes… Continue reading The Moment for a Smile

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 #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

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning

Snack Tectonics

Over the past couple weeks we have been discussing the various rock types, identification tests, the rock cycle and plate tectonics. We began the unit by looking at 5 million year old fossils from the Burgees Shale. This immediately captivated students, but boggled their minds. How can we know that the fossils are that old? How… Continue reading Snack Tectonics