Today was an interesting day. Firstly a small not-a-rant: I was extremely proud of myself because I learnt all of the names of the students in my first period civics class. It may not seem like much, or it may appear that I am trumpeting my own horn; to those views, I say yes to … More Day 2 of CSL – A lesson or two.
The readings for this week dealt with issues surrounding engaging students in the classroom when they are mentally (and sometimes, physically) absent. Only one of the three pieces treated the issue blindly – that is, without reference to colour or nationality – which I feel is the best way to discuss engagement in the classroom. … More Forget the National Identity – Connect the Student to the Classroom and then the World.
Joel Westheimer’s What Kind of Citizen? Educating our Children for the Common Good is intriguing, clear, informed and well legitimated (through his sources and such), but I cannot help but disagree with his assertions. So far (as we have only read until the end of chapter five) what Westheimer puts forward – that schools are … More Disagreeing with Joel Westheimer
So at the beginning of the civics class of my first day in Rideau High School, after introducing ourselves, I asked the students to anonymously answer three questions (they are below in bold). Here are their answers (not exact wording, I corrected some to help hide any vernacular use that may identify the students with … More Students’ answers.
Today was my first day actually in the school in which I will be doing my Community Service Learning (CSL) every Wednesday until the first week of February 2016 and then my practicum placement for eight weeks from mid-February until mid-April. For those who haven’t attended Ottawa University, CSL is essentially volunteer work which sometimes … More First Day at Rideau High School
I’ve heard countless times ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’ What I have yet to hear – though through watching my dad – ‘if it is broken, try to fix it before you buy a new one.’ I think these two adages are directly applicable to the Canadian Senate as it currently stands (this … More How None of the Parties get Senate Reform Right
This portrait is an assignment we were tasked to do to give a digital representation of who we are. For me, I believe I am always changing with only my first and middle name as constants (my last name is likely to change when I get married) and so that is why I titled my … More Digital Portrait
Adaptive Inquiry shapes practice and practice shapes inquiry. Collaborative inquiry requires thinking to be dynamic and creative as professionals seek ways to meet the needs of students. Teachers participating in collaborative inquiry continually adapt and apply knowledge and pedagogical approaches in response to their work in the classroom. Iterative Progressive understanding grows from cycles of … More Seven Characteristics of Teacher Inquiry
How do Canadian elections work? As with most other democracies, the people select representatives to meet, discuss and ultimately make decisions for and on behalf of the larger population. These decisions may significantly impact individuals, such as the Ottawa City Council voting in favour of constructing the Light Rail Transit, or may be more discreet, … More Canada’s Electoral System – How it works.
Though the title of the workshop suggests more focus on the Learning Center and SMART BOARDs, what I found most useful pertained to the information on copyright protection and infringement as a teacher or a student. Out of the hour and a half workshop, 40 minutes dealt with copyright whereas only 20 about the Learning … More September 11, 2015 – Attending the Introduction to Learning Center and SMART BOARD Technology