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...
Books to Read

Books to Read

Like many others out there, I have an immensely long list of books that I would like to read. Some of them are professional, others are purely for pleasure, and still others are to grow my knowledge in areas of interest. One of my goals during this break was to finish...
Getting outside

Getting outside

It seems March Break has given me lots of time to ponder our school system and the pros and cons of what it currently looks like. As I was on a walk today in the woods behind our subdivision (yes, that may seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but I assure you there are...
Play and Creativity

Play and Creativity

While at the library today, I picked up a book called “made to play!”, which was chockfull of ideas for handmade toys and crafts. Growing up, I loved designing, creating, and making. I loved pom poms and pipe cleaners, glitter glue and art kits. Our family...