Thank You Annie Fetter: How strangers can get us started and friends can cement the change

As teachers, we don’t always know our impact unless our students come back and share with us.  Similarly, as global teacher learners, we don’t always know the people that we reach and the positive impact we might have on the growth of other educators.  This year, I’d like to thank Annie Fetter, someone whom...

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Dear Robyn: A Letter to a Beginning Teacher

Aug 09, 14 Dear Robyn: A Letter to a Beginning Teacher

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August 9, 2014 Dear Robyn, I am writing you this letter to officially welcome you to the teaching career and to remind you that YOU matter! Yes, YOU! Everyone talks about how important the children are, and they are!!! but YOU are important as well, in fact, YOU are probably the most important person. YOU are the one who determines...

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A Letter to a New Teacher

Aug 04, 14 A Letter to a New Teacher

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The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning —Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting, Prologue This is the week of the summer where most of us who are somehow aligned to the rhythm of the school year pause to reflect. For...

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Signs of Positive Growth: Connecting the Dots—and the Learners

Many thanks to those who contributed to our first round of themed conversation at voicEd.ca. During the month of July, contributors were asked to think about one Sign of Positive Growth from the newly completed school year. It’s often tempting to be overwhelmed by just how much there is to do in our own education contexts...

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‘Maker Movement’ Renews Hope for Constructionism!

We can ‘make’ constructionism happen! The upsurge of the ‘maker movement’ and ‘social networking’ brings new hopes for the systemic integration of a constructionist approach into our educational systems. This past year we have seen increased activity in ‘making’, ‘coding’, and the integration of collaborative suites like Google...

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Augmenting our reality…

Dreams and aspirations, in their common understanding, demand a change to our current reality that in some way or another does not live up to what we think ought to be.  In the context of education our dreams and aspirations spread out from a common umbrella of belief in the ability of humanity to change in a qualitatively better...

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Time For Reflection – What I Learned About Professional Learning This Year

I began this school year with both excitement and trepidation. After much soul searching, I left the classroom and took on the role of Curriculum Consultant without being entirely clear on what a Curriculum Consultant actually does. I was pretty sure that it had something to do with Professional Development though. Over the years...

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Teaching Children to Be Risktakers

As I was thinking about this blogpost and the whole issue of developing risk taking behaviour in students, two stories from my classroom this year came to mind. I believe these stories best illustrate strategies that, as educators, we can employ to foster such an important life skill.

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Collaboration

  Well when it comes to positive signs of growth in education, there is no shortage of topics. It is the greatest time to be an educator, to be in our profession at a time when so much is changing and for the better. For me, the topic that came to mind was collaboration. It is a big part of what we do at my school, Greystone...

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Patience

This moment of growth is the direct result of a collection of effort from workshops from communications, hands on session in staff meetings to inspirational keynotes sharing the why…most importantly though it is the formation of a tribe with a common passion for changing education.

I think I found my tribe.

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