The Things that Matter

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of a Japanese-style Lesson Study cycle centred around Algebraic Thinking. I’ve enjoyed it for a number of reasons: Having time to consider big picture questions as opposed to putting out everyday...
The Curriculum

The Curriculum

This last month of blogging (almost) daily has been a time of great reflection for me, but it’s also been a time of great discomfort – of seeing gaps in my teaching and sometimes feeling at a loss to close those gaps. Something that I have enjoyed...
Confidence

Confidence

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to talk briefly with Shauna Pollock (@misspollock), author of Creating Classroom Magic. I got the book in the mail just before March Break and I’ve been loving it so far. I have always had an affinity for all things Disney,...
Hard Work and Technique

Hard Work and Technique

My husband and I really enjoy watching “The Mind of a Chef”. The season we are currently watching features Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef and owner of Prune, a restaurant in NYC. Something that I love about watching chef/foodie shows is seeing...

To rubric or not to rubric?

During the #ONEdMentors radio show tonight, @jkervs (who happens to have been my grade 8 teacher!) mentioned how using rubrics can sometimes impede on creativity. It’s ironic, though, because – for some reason – many think of rubrics as this golden...
Redesigning Schools

Redesigning Schools

As was reflected in my posts, I spent quite a bit of time over the March Break reflecting on the notion of school. I was really interested to see what my students thought, so yesterday morning, after some post-break catch up, I invited them into the conversation. We...