Author Archives: mrcameron14

About mrcameron14

I am a Grade 6 teacher of 18 years in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. Passionate about sharing with teachers throughout the world. Teaching students how to use technology 4 good and to make a positive difference in the world. Apple Distinguished Educator 2013, SMART Exemplary Educator 2013, Google Educator 2015.

#WalkwithChanie

Over the past three weeks my students and I walked the Secret Path with Chanie Wenjack, a young 12 year old boy who ran away from the Cecilia Residential Residential School in Kenora, Ontario in 1966. Our journey with Chanie … Continue reading

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Walking the Secret Path

When I first watched Gord Downie’s Secret Path I was moved beyond words. I knew I had to invite Chanie into my class but I wasn’t sure how. I reached out to our Native Resource Teacher, Mrs. Fiddler for advice, … Continue reading

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Imagine

I just finished applying for the National Geographic Educator program. I was recently named a National Geographic Educator of the Week and am very proud and excited to be connected with such an amazing group of people. In December I … Continue reading

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First Podcast: Success, Failure and Climbing Mountains!

Recently Derek Rhodenizer invited me onto his podcast to discuss PBL. We never got that far, we couldn’t get off the topic of failure! Derek asked me point blank what failure was and after a bit of thinking I responded that … Continue reading

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Want to improve student achievement?

Together we can do it! GET KIDS TO SCHOOL CONSISTENTLY…EVERY DAY. Do *REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Authentic, Lasting) work. Create opportunities for students to make a difference. Allow students to explore passions and interests. Connect with your students’ parents. Read with your … Continue reading

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Teaching math? Get REAL!

A total shift in my math teaching mindset occurred a few years ago after straying from the math textbook, as I traditionally did once a year at Christmas during our annual fundraising efforts for our local Shelter House. As tradition has it, my … Continue reading

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What teaching has taught me.

Kids always come first. Students learn best from asking questions. Kids can’t sit all day. Math is best taught with “real world” questions. It’s never going to be perfect. Admit your mistakes. Greet each child with a smile regardless of … Continue reading

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An All Day Math Inquiry. Is it Possible?

Four days ago my grade 5/6 class and I  began a Snowflake Inquiry. Today we let some (more) snowflake  math drive our learning… It snowed today! So I began the morning with the following tweet as “food for thought”: It's … Continue reading

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The Snowflake

A simple snowflake will drive our learning journey through the next eight days until Christmas holidays. Doug Peterson’s blog post “Coding Snowflakes” gave me the inspiration! Feel free to follow along with us. I’ll update this document  with all of the … Continue reading

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12 Gifts 4 Teachers 2016

Last year I shared a favourite lesson, resource or idea every day for the twelve days leadingup to Christmas. The 12 Gifts 4 Teachers 2015 were well received and I enjoyed sharing! So to make it a “tradition”, I present to … Continue reading

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