Week 3 – Students Recognize Need for Timely Feedback

Originally posted here. In my Grade 11 Physics class I have had the chance to see how well they are capable of working together. I am seeing students helping each other with concepts, asking one another questions, and working through problems together. They are often asking their questions in pairs or groups – which is great....

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Week 2 – Students Settling Into Their Needs

Originally posted here. I have had the chance to see many of my students start to settle in and figure out some of their learning needs. I tried to accentuate my reasons for using a flipped class model, one of those reasons being that I want them to make the learning environment into their own – that they should explore and...

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We’re Baaaack!

Originally posted here. A new school year always comes with new ideas, new excitement, new students, and new personal goals. One of my goals this year is to blog more often! I have probably said this before, and I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with what I would like to do, but I am going to give it a go.This...

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We Have a Dream

Sep 08, 14 We Have a Dream

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“I have a dream.” Millions were inspired by those words. Now if Martin Luther King had said, “I have a strategic plan” or “I have a set of performance indicators”, do you think the effect would have been the same? It is a dream, or a vision – a shared vision, that motivates groups of people...

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Tackling Diversity as a New Teacher

Sep 05, 14 Tackling Diversity as a New Teacher

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Dear New Teacher, As you embark on this new and exciting journey, I thought I should briefly share some advice on dealing with diversity as an educator. Hopefully at the end of this letter you’ll have gained some insight into what can make teaching a rewarding journey. One that fosters growth in yourself and more importantly in the...

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My First Day Of Learning

Every year, as educators, we have a “first day of school.” As I continue to change grades, switch schools, and experience something new, I often feel like a “first year teacher.” I try to take all of these changes as opportunities for reflection and positive change, and I’d encourage you to do the...

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Dear Chandra: “I recognize you!”

Sep 02, 14 Dear Chandra: “I recognize you!”

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Dear Chandra, I’m writing this letter on Labour Day evening. Our dinner guests have left, the dishes are washed and put away and my two boys are tucked into bed dreaming about their first day of school. These are the “in-between” hours—that brief breath of time that stands between the hazy, lazy days of summer...

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Beginning (again)

Sep 01, 14 Beginning (again)

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Here we are on the cusp of the true New Year again, at least for those of us whose calendars revolve around the school year. I have been thinking about what advice I might give to those preparing for their first year in the classroom. In reflecting, I realized that the advice was just as relevant to me, in my 23rd year of teaching,...

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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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