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 … Continue reading The End of Average
At one time, I perceived the concept of "pockets of innovation" as something problematic. But I changed my mind. Over the March break, I read Scaling Up Excellence. It articulated the idea that pockets of excellence don't have to be a symptom of a lack of widespread change - when nurtured, they are actually a … Continue reading How Might We Nurture Pockets of Innovation?
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 … Continue reading Making Learning Optional Makes Learning Better (Google Innovation Academy – Part 3)
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)
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, … Continue reading How Might We Make School the Best Place to Learn? (Google Innovation Academy – Part 1)
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 … Continue reading The Secret to Being Good at Technology
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 … Continue reading That Moment When
I believe that students are more likely to be motivated to learn something when they have an authentic and immediate purpose for that learning. As a teacher of the French language in a geographical area with relatively few francophones, I have often wrestled with ways to have my students interact with native French speakers. We … Continue reading Authentic L2 Communication via Mobile Games
I run my Core French program using digital badges. It lets me present a wide range of learning options and then turn over my class to my students. They pick what badge they want to work towards, they work at their own pace, they collaborate or work independently, they are free to get feedback and … Continue reading Design & Issue Badges with EduQuest
I'm a big fan of putting kids at the centre of their own learning and giving them as much control as possible. By putting students in control, you can get unintended results. Sometimes students start an activity that makes me question if that activity is "school appropriate". Some things are obvious. If it's violent, negative, … Continue reading What *isn’t* learning?