The speaker in this video shares his story about how one adult that cared about him, changed the course of his life forever. In the past I have shared Rita Pierson’s TED Talk “Every kid needs a champion“, which shares a very similar message. Every child we interact with each day is looking for that one… Continue reading Are you THE Adult to make a child a SUCCESS Story?
Tuesday nights I play volleyball with a group of friends and just the way the night went I left feeling frustrated, which resulted in me going to bed and coming to school this morning feeling grumpy. I expressed my frustration to a colleague of mine that I workout with each day before or after school… Continue reading An Unexpected Start to my Day
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?”
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
Learning is not segmented, so why do we teach it as if it is? What I mean to say is, why do we teach concepts in compartmentalized “units” when this gives students a narrow understanding of these concepts. It inadvertently provides the illusion that concepts are independent of those covered previously or later in the… Continue reading Why is our teaching segmented, if learning is not?
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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
“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
At Foothills Composite High School, each month the staff sends out positive postcards to four students. This month I sent a post card out to a student who has been working particularly hard, but needed to start taking some time for herself. Since her and I talked about this at the beginning of the year,… Continue reading All smiles today, thank you
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!