Forget the National Identity – Connect the Student to the Classroom and then the World.

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.

Students’ answers.

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.

Digital Portrait

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

Seven Characteristics of Teacher Inquiry

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

Canada’s Electoral System – How it works.

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.

September 11, 2015 – Attending the Introduction to Learning Center and SMART BOARD Technology

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