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 [...]

Integrating Pedagogical Documentation in Junior Grades – Beginning Our Journey

I am beginning a new journey this year as a grade four homeroom teacher. I have been teaching grade four Core French for many years (and will continue to do so) but after having over 400 students/year, I am loving the chance to have more time to get to know a smaller group of students. [...]

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 [...]

The Secret to Being Good at Technology

OK, I don't really think there's a secret, but.... Expect that things will go wrong. Seriously. A think a big part of my role in teaching my students technology is teaching them how to be problem-solvers when something goes wrong. I feel like I have this conversation on a regular basis: "Ms, it won't turn [...]

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 [...]

The Power of Self-Regulation

This year, my students and I have been focusing on self-regulation in the technology lounge. It is one of six learning skills on the Ontario report card, which defines it as: Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them. Seeks clarification or assistance when needed. Assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests. [...]

Google for Education Certified Innovator Program

I am beyond thrilled to have been accepted to the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program. The Certified Innovator program is a 12-month professional development experience including mentorship, online learning activities, and a face-to-face Innovation Academy focused on helping new Innovators launch a transformative project. As I continue to grapple with not only changing my [...]