21 century learning, Administration, Digital learnng, Growth Mindset, Student Voice, Students, Technology Integration

No More Excuses

  Our school staff has reason to be grateful when it comes to available technology in our school and to our access to bandwidth. Our school division does put both as a priority for student learning. Even though we have many devices and we have the bandwidth to provide us access, a lot of what we… Continue reading No More Excuses

21 century learning, Coding, Inquiry based learning, Student Voice, Students, Teaching, Technology Integration

Taking the Step Back

I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about teaching practices and how we often underestimate the abilities of our students when we do not allow them to have a strong voice and a lot of choices when it comes to their learning.  I spent my Saturday yesterday with a group of students… Continue reading Taking the Step Back

21 century learning, Math, Parents, social media, Teaching

Understanding the (not so) New Math

I will confess I am a social media junkie and like to participate on a daily basis.  I encourage our teachers to use twitter accounts to share classroom happenings and I put effort into keeping our Pleasantdale School twitter account and Facebook page up to date. I have always had an unwritten rule about social media, that… Continue reading Understanding the (not so) New Math

21 century learning, Genius Hour, Passions

Journey to Genius

One of the things that I introduced my students to last year,  that I knew for sure I wanted to repeat again was Genius Hour.  I was so amazed at the ideas my students had when they could be in charge of their learning and in a lot of cases, I was equally as amazed by the things they learned and shared… Continue reading Journey to Genius

21 century learning, Students, Teaching

Striving to Make Learning Authentic

How many times have we heard the following questions in our classrooms? Why do we have to learn this? When am I ever going to use this in my life? What is the purpose in learning this? These seem like valid questions for us to consider. I am an avid reader and because I am… Continue reading Striving to Make Learning Authentic

21 century learning, Digital learnng, Personal Learning Networks

Being Connected No Longer an Option

Most people who know me know that I am passionate about engaging students with technology. Not technology for the sake of using it, but rather technology because we can and because we should and because and when it just makes sense.  My view on educational pedagogy totally changed a few years ago when I took my Masters… Continue reading Being Connected No Longer an Option

21 century learning, Inquiry based learning, Parents, Teaching

Things Just Aren’t the Same

If someone who had not been in a school for a while walked into one of our classrooms I think they would be shocked by what they would see.  There have been so many changes on the educational landscape that nothing much remains of the typical classroom so many of us imagine and remember from… Continue reading Things Just Aren’t the Same

21 century learning, Teaching, Team Teaching, Teamwork

Co- Teaching Just Makes Sense

I was inspired to write this post after listening to a discussion about team teaching at our staff meeting on Monday. I had asked our RTI (Response to Intervention) teacher to talk about her experiences with co-teaching and invited a few of the classroom teachers she works with to share their thoughts as well. I… Continue reading Co- Teaching Just Makes Sense

21 century learning, Administration, Principals, Teaching, Teamwork

Getting Better At What We Do

I spend a lot of time thinking about improvement. Mostly about how I can improve my teaching and leadership and hopefully, in some way, have some influence on improvement in in our school and our system. Right now I am reading "Effective Supervision" by Marzano, Frontier and Livingston. The basis of the book is about… Continue reading Getting Better At What We Do

21 century learning, Administration, Informal learning, Personal Learning Networks

Meeting the Needs of Teachers

I spent my Friday meeting with most of my teachers for the mid year check in of their professional growth plans.  It was a great way to spend the day and I love spending time getting to know my staff.  We rarely have opportunities that are not rushed or focused on too many things.  We talked… Continue reading Meeting the Needs of Teachers