I'm often asked my opinion on what devices one should buy. There's no one-size-fits-all answer. That said, my standard answer to "Chromebooks or iPads?" is BOTH. The trend for some time, at least in the elementary schools that I have experience with, was to buy oodles of iPads. I've seen that trend shift lately to … Continue reading Chromebooks or iPads: What Devices Should I Buy For My School?
If you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, there are a lot of powerful built-in accessibility features that can help all of us - but especially those of us that may need some additional support with reading and writing. I recently presented on some of these features, so rather than re-type them, I'll embed … Continue reading iOS Accessibility Features
This year I've taken on a new challenge in a new role as an Assistive Technology Resource Teacher. It's been incredible to be able to focus on the combination of two of my passions in teaching - special education and technology. I love the job and feel like it's what I was meant to do. … Continue reading Assistive Technology is not Cheating
I've been incorporating making into my classroom in the past few years. Some of my biggest challenges and one of the things I spent the most time on was sourcing different needed materials and supplies. Knowing what to get, what was the best buy, what works well with students - all things that took some … Continue reading Some of My Favourite Makerspace Supplies
During lunch today, I started painting. About five kids stayed inside instead of going out for recess cause they wanted to paint, too. Those 20 minutes were the most chill moments with these kids ever. I learned a ton about them as we talked and worked. When the other kids came back from recess, you … Continue reading Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose
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 … Continue reading Self-directed Learning in Grade 4
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 … Continue reading Classroom Tour 2016
It has been one of my goals this year to make math authentic, when and where possible. To make it hands-on, active, and practical. To not just be numbers on a page filled with hypothetical situations, but to have the problems come to life. It's not the only way we practice math but it is … Continue reading Making Math Authentic: Why Sewing?
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 … Continue reading Play is Not a Four-Letter Word
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. … Continue reading Integrating Pedagogical Documentation in Junior Grades – Beginning Our Journey