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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What *isn’t* learning?

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, [...]

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 [...]