21 century learning, digital citizenship, Digital learnng, Personal Learning Networks, social media

Staying Connected by Being Connected

I noticed the last publication of Educational Leadership was all about teacher driven professional development.  I have not had time to really dig into the ideas yet, but it seems to make good sense.  In our classrooms we are offering students choice as means of engagement, so why would we not do the same for… Continue reading Staying Connected by Being Connected

21 century learning, Administration, Assessment, Blogging, Leadership, Passions, portfolios, Positive Thinking, Principals, Students, Teaching

What Roadblocks?

It is funny how life has a way of making us work for the things we really believe in.  I guess if it was an easy, simple path the lessons learned would not be nearly as great and perhaps the reward would not be as sweet.  As I have mentioned in previous posts our school… Continue reading What Roadblocks?

21 century learning, Administration, Blogging, portfolios, Principals, Professional Growth, Uncategorized

The Longer We Wait…

The longer you wait, the scarier it gets. I think we have all felt this way some time in our lives. Right now we are making a huge and scary jump in our school to digital portfolios for all. Staff first and students in the fall. As a first step toward this goal we met… Continue reading The Longer We Wait…

21 century learning, Administration, Blogging, digital citizenship, Growth Mindset, Innovation, Innovative Mindset, Passions, Principals, Students, Teaching

Time to Quit Coddling

I am writing this as I come off the "conference high."  You know the feeling you get after you attend a big conference and hear a very motivating speaker that inspires you and speaks to your passions? That is where I am right now after listening to George Couros at the IT Summit in Saskatoon.… Continue reading Time to Quit Coddling

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