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Blue Gold

This is the story of Blue Gold. It is also the story of Nibi. It is my story. It is my father’s story. It’s my son’s story. It’s my students’ story. It’s my friends’ story. It’s Nokomis Josephine Mandamin’s story. … Continue reading

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My “New” Learning Space!

June 16 I’ve spent the last 22 years of my teaching career in the same classroom; I count the years by the number of class pictures on my wall. I have¬†transformed it into a learning space that I am completely … Continue reading

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Nibi

It was a cool, overcast day in late April when my son Kai and I decided to take our exchange student Renaud (from France) on a short bike ride around a small lake that connects to Lake Superior via the … Continue reading

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What was in Jeremy’s Egg?

I enjoy using the story “What Was In Jeremy’s Egg”¬†upon returning to school after the Easter weekend. There’s so much to be learned from it! I typically share the story as a read aloud and have kids discuss and respond … Continue reading

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Math Class Reboot

Our wifi had been slow and sporadic for the past three months. Since I had recently upgraded to a higher speed, I would have expected it to have become faster and more efficient, not the opposite. Buffering and waiting was … Continue reading

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In Ten Years….?

Education has changed more in the past decade than in the century leading up to it. Think of your classroom ten years ago. In 2008, mine consisted of a blackboard, desks, textbooks, novels and workbooks. It was a place where … Continue reading

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Dear Neighbour

Dear neighbour, Hello! We are a group of students in grade 5 and 6 who attend St. Elizabeth School in Thunder Bay, Ontario. We are your neighbours to the south and would love to learn more about the communities that … Continue reading

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Paths

Learning is a journey. It will lead you down many different paths. Paths straight and flat, easy to navigate. Paths twisty-turny, with many unknowns. Paths filled with obstacles, providing a challenge. Paths that meet, bring things together. Paths travelled alone … Continue reading

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Looking BACK to Look FORWARD.

Dear Difference Makers, Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! I hope you had a chance to spend time with family and friends and I hope you took time to rest, relax and reflect. Only a few … Continue reading

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What EQAO Doesn’t Know

I’m encouraged by the current public consultation on the future of student assessments in Ontario which is being led by Dr. Carol Campbell. Her team’s task is monumental. I’m encouraged because the process is providing an opportunity for all stake … Continue reading

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