Self-directed Learning in Grade 4

My goal this year has been to give students as much of an active role in their own education as possible. For 2-4 periods each day, students have the freedom to learn based on their own curiosities, interests, and strengths. It's an interesting shift as an educator because I'm consistently battling with myself on how best [...]

Classroom Tour 2016

Many have enjoyed my previous space - the tech lounge at Fairlawn PS. This year I am at a new school and teaching a grade four homeroom. My goal in moving to a homeroom has been to recreate the type of environment I had created in the tech lounge. Someplace that feels like "home", provides [...]

Play is Not a Four-Letter Word

What do you think of when you hear play? If a child were to tell you that they "played" at school, what would you think? How do our beliefs about play affect our educational system and the choices we make as educators about how we deliver the curriculum? How does that evolve over time? Play [...]

The End of Average

I was inspired by hearing Todd Rose's TEDx talk so much that I just had to get his book to read more. Over the past few days, I have devoured it and it really had reshaped how I look at the historical context of education, the findings of social sciences that I took for granted [...]

Making Learning Optional Makes Learning Better (Google Innovation Academy – Part 3)

There's something that Erica Fox, Google's Director of People Development, said to us that keeps coming back to me. When talking about growing Googlers (aka professional development), she said, "At Google, nothing is mandatory." Wait, what?! Training sessions, even their awesome "noogler" on-boarding process - optional. They will nudge and prompt you to go to relevant [...]

How Might We Make School the Best Place to Learn? (Google Innovation Academy – Part 1)

I recently returned from Mountain View, California, where I was blessed to spend three mind-blowing days at Google's headquarters participating in the Google for Education Innovation Academy. These days were jam-packed with so many takeaways that I've struggled to put it all into words. There will be more blogging to come on various lessons learned but for today, [...]

That Moment When

I think we all have a collection of "those moments" in our minds. The ones that remind us why we became a teacher. The ones that we can look back on to lift our spirits during the not-as-good moments. I've been busy lately. I think I've had a meeting or "extra" something everyday the past [...]