‘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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Differentiation Made Easy!

If we assume that one of the most important elements of differentiated instruction is to create activities that are relevant to the students at their current ability level, then who better to assess that level than the kids themselves? This may sound a little far-fetched, but let me explain with an example from my classroom.

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A Year of Positive Growth: We Can Help Kids Make Friends

A couple of quick questions: Other than physical injury, what’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you at school? If you’re a parent, what is/was the one thing, above all else, you hope/d would not happen to your child? If you’re like myself and a lot of other people, you will have answered: To not have...

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Positive Signs of Growth…

Our first voicEd.ca 2.0 discussion. It’s an invitation to reflect on a positive sign of growth from this past school year!

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Welcome to voicEd.ca 2.0

Jun 24, 14 Welcome to voicEd.ca 2.0

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Well, it has taken a couple of weeks longer than expected, but I’m thrilled to be able to welcome you to a newly designed interface for the voicEd.ca initiative! At this stage, it’s like inviting you to move into a new house, with the understanding that there are still some finishing touches that need to be added. Also,...

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