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“Deep” Learning?

Thanks Jen Hegna for tagging me in your recent blog post “Reflections of Deeper Learning PD”. (We are looking forward to having her share at our #MADPD Day on May 7th). It was a very timely post for me as … Continue reading

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The Minecraft Selfie and the power a Simple SHARE!

Last Monday, my teaching partner Melinda Shaughnessy offered to share her Minecraft selfie idea with me. Since I was just introducing transformational geometry to my students, I thought this would be a great way start. I left my supply teacher instructions … Continue reading

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We are ALL Difference Makers

Jose would be arriving in my class in three weeks, I was told. His family was migrating from Venezuela to Thunder Bay. He’d be attending St. Elizabeth School. In my class. He couldn’t speak English. Not a word. Gulp. How … Continue reading

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#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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