KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

“What are you teaching the world? Who are you learning from?”

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?”

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

Why is our teaching segmented, if learning is not?

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?

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 #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #15 Professional Learning · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

Students will rise to the level of expectations

“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

KSA #01 Contextual Variables · KSA #04 Subject Knowledge · KSA #05 Differentiation · KSA #06 Planning · KSA #07 Student Needs · KSA #08 Relationships · KSA #09 Instructional Strategies · KSA #11 Assessment · KSA #16 Vision of Teaching

VSEPR Yoga!

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!