I am stronger – Unkle Adams

Beautiful anti-bullying video with an important message. I loved seeing the Thom Collegiate classrooms, hallways and students come together for an important cause.

EdCampYQR

#EdCampYQR – An “unconference” for teachers, by teachers Professional Development Opportunity – August 2013 – EdTech and more! I’m so very excited about this pd opportunity for teachers that is coming up in August. I am fortunate enough to sit on a committee with a group who is as excited as I about promoting Regina’s … Continue reading

Tech and more from the IT Summit!

I had a great time at the IT Summit earlier this month.  Not only was I fortunate enough to attend this great PD opportunity with some fantastic teachers from Campbell and WS Hawrylak schools, but heard some amazing keynotes and sessions around inquiry and assessment that make me miss my adventures in the classroom. I’ll … Continue reading

Learning through inquiry in grade 2

The grade two students in Trina Crawford’s grade 2 class at École Hawrylak school have been working very hard to learn more about First Nations and Métis culture.  You can read about their experiences via Mrs. Crawford’s blog. Throughout the course of the year, Trina’s students have learned a lot about First Nations and Métis culture within a … Continue reading

Learning from Edtech guru Alec Couros #regteach PD

Professional Development with Professor Alec Couros Over the past couple of years, a number of Regina high schools have been working to create technology catalyst teams.  The mandate of these teams has primarily been to pursue opportunities to learn about technology integration, to support the team members and the school community at large, and to … Continue reading

Originally posted on Learning through technology:
In our last conversation about technology integration, lesson design and the purposeful use of technology in a specific context, one thing stuck out for me, so much so that I keep thinking about it.   There was lots of fantastic discussion and much to ponder (post to come) but specifically,…

Risk taking = great teaching?

Photo Credit: marenbruun via Compfight cc I hope that when my own two little boys are in school that they will be fortunate enough to be taught by teachers who are risk takers.  I firmly believe that as professionals, it is essential that we take risks in our pedagogical approach and practice.  As I am fortunate enough … Continue reading

To This Day Project

I saw this amazing video today that I knew I had to share.   Watch this beautiful short spoken poem from Shane Koyczan and help to start and continue conversations that hopefully results in action, and change. Share this with your students, your advisory group, anybody and everybody.  Let’s share the message.

Saturday morning learning in the dojo

Recently I read this post by Brian Stack of Connected Principals comparing the karate studio as an example of a competency based classroom. In this blog posting, he discusses the elements of the karate studio that are examples of excellence in teaching practice.  While I was at karate class with my five year old son Sam … Continue reading

“Fixing” broken grades

Assessment has always been an interesting professional discussion for me.  Much of my knowledge around “best practice” for assessment has been accrued through professional dialogue with colleagues and friends.  Coming from a high school background as well, my practice has tended to be influenced by factors truly not related to the mastery of the outcomes in question.  … Continue reading