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On Connections and Being Connected: Reflections and Takeaways

The discussion on “connections” and “being connected” is getting richer and deeper! A couple days after my initial blog post ‘On Connections and Being Connected’ and even more reflection and input from my PLN and my students, I’ve had some … Continue reading

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On Connections and being Connected

There’s been a lot of talk about connections¬†these day. It’s the one word that has given me pause for reflection more than any other in the last few years. The term is widely used, but how are we defining it? … Continue reading

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EQAO Test Questions

I’ve been teaching grade 6 for 21 years and I’ve been struggling with some “EQAO Test Questions” of my own: 1. Are high test scores good indicators of effective, creative, collaborative, problem solving, innovative, powerfully connected, globally aware ¬†students, teachers … Continue reading

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Setting the Tone for Learning

The first day of school is all about setting the tone. Escort your students to their new classroom. Have them find their assigned seats. Do a little icebreaker. Review and write down the classroom rules. Read the code of conduct … Continue reading

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How Are You Going to Solve Your Problem?

Are we disabling our kids without even realizing it? When a child comes to you with a problem what is your reaction? Do you solve their problem for them? In doing so what message are we sending our kids? What … Continue reading

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Reflecting on My Transformed Learning Space

In November 2016, I posted a blog on how I have slowly, over 20 years, transformed my classroom on a minimal budget. The blog and 360 degree video has received a lot of attention; Doug Peterson featured it in This … Continue reading

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Epic FAIL

As a teacher, how would you plan to start your second last Monday of the school year? A few brave Ontario teachers, along with two special guests agreed to join my class for a virtual #Shuttheboxchallenge this morning. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Playing Games.

My students have been playing a lot of games this year.   With board games and puzzles, the opportunities for learning and curricular connections are endless. Here are some things I’ve noticed while observing and playing the games with my … Continue reading

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Taking the Classroom Outside

This past weekend my three good friends and I took our kids fishing. The night before the trip Kai and I predicted how many fish each person would catch and how many fish in total would be caught. We talked … Continue reading

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Preparing for THE TEST!

I’ve been working hard to prepare my students for THE TEST all year. Here’s a check list that I created for myself in August while planning and looking forward to the new school year and the TEST I’m responsible for … Continue reading

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