Some of My Favourite Makerspace Supplies

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

Autonomy, Mastery & Purpose

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

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. … Continue reading Integrating Pedagogical Documentation in Junior Grades – Beginning Our Journey

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,┬ánothing is mandatory." Wait, what?! Training sessions, even their awesome "noogler" on-boarding process - optional. They will nudge and prompt you to go to relevant … Continue reading Making Learning Optional Makes Learning Better (Google Innovation Academy – Part 3)

Informacy is as Important as Literacy and Numeracy (Google Innovation Academy – Part 2)

How do we teach in an innovative world? What is our value as educators? It used to be that educators were the keepers and distributors of knowledge and information - that is no longer the case. How do we reshape our ideas of learning and what is important to learn when the world's information is … Continue reading Informacy is as Important as Literacy and Numeracy (Google Innovation Academy – Part 2)