I am proud and humbled to be a National Geographic Education Certification mentor. I recently wrote a message to my Mentee Group, which I’ve called “The Awesome Adventurers”. I figured I’d share the message on my blog as it’s a bit of an update about what is driving my learning and “adventurer mindset” as of late.
What are YOU passionate about? What is driving YOUR passion for
Hello Awesome Adventures!
Welcome to our group space! I’m excited to be your mentor and to learn with you! I can honestly tell you that being a National Geographic Certified Educator has had a huge impact on my teaching career. The opportunities to learn, connect, explore and lead are endless!
A bit about me: I’m a grade 5/6 teacher in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I’m blessed to teach with an amazing staff who are all my close friend, including my wife, who is our ELKP teacher. I’ve been teaching at our school for 24 years and am in the process of moving out to a portable, we call it “The Cottage”. You can check out my “old” learning space here-
and my “new” learning space here-
Apart from getting excited about going to school each and everyday to help my students find the adventure in learning and teaching them that THEY can make a difference, I’m currently particularly passionate about two initiatives; “The Junior Water Walkers”- https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/junior-water-walkers/ and #MADPD- https://mrcssharesease.wordpress.com/madpd-2019/.
The Junior Water Walkers is an initiative started by my students last year in honour of Josephine Mandamin. Josephine has walked around the five Great Lakes, a total of 25 000 kilometers, bringing awareness of the need to protect nibi (water). She is now 76 and her health is failing. My students are taking up her cause; learning about, adopting, protecting and walking for water and are inviting other classes to do the same. To date, 150 classes from around the Great Lakes, across Canada and throughout the world have join us! I invite YOU and your students to join us too!
#MADPD is a personalized professional development “unconference” that Derek Rhodenizer and myself organized three years ago with one intention; to encourage teachers to share one thing that makes a difference in their classroom. Because it’s a virtual conference, anyone can attend and anyone can present, for free, from the comfort of their home. We are anticipating that we will far exceed the hundred plus presenters and thousand of participants from last year. Perhaps you’ll consider joining us on May 5th!
Apart from teaching, learning and sharing I love cross country skiing (our ski area is 500 m from my house), cycling, hiking, fishing, camping and traveling. My two most important connections are my wife, Cheryl and nine year old son, Kai. They are always at the top of my priority list and keep me balanced and focused on the most important thing in life…family!
Well, that’s my story. Please take a moment to share a little bit about yourself. Don’t worry about being as verbose as me. I’m waiting for a flight and it’s delayed by an hour so I find myself with a bit of unexpected time on my hands!
Enjoy this National Geographic Education certification and feel free to reach out at any time. I’ll leave you with a little video that I called “Paths”…