I have been very lucky during my maternity leave (and really all of the time!) to have the support of my family – husband, in-laws and my own parents. You learn very quickly that it takes a village to raise children…and keep your sanity. The same can be said as a teacher in the classroom … More I made this! The power of making with your own two hands.
When I opened my blog today I found four incomplete drafts from as far back as November 2015. During my short stint blogging I have often written about my struggle to keep up with any type of written reflection. I am someone who will arrive early to school to get prepared and prepped for the … More Into the reading rabbit hole…lost in PD (personal development)!
On September 1st, 2017 I was not eagerly awaiting the beginning of a new school year, but the overdue (VERY overdue…2 weeks, 2 days) arrival of my son, Finn. After hours spent with the waves of joy and staring in awe at the miracle before me – my thoughts went immediately to ‘oh no…his birthday … More Insights of a Mom who just can’t let go…of the classroom!
This blog post will mark only my second this school year – and the first in 2017! It has been a wild year of new learning in tech, with the year flying by. Last night marked the final ‘Grand Finale’ and completion for the Primary STEM club that has been running at our school this … More The Power of Public Celebration
OH NO!! Blog newbie…never published this two weeks ago! With the new year started, I will create a post with September up-dates. Time flies! Wow! Having just spent the last three days in learning mode at the Peel ‘Teaching and Learning in a Digital World’ (#TLDW2016) conference, my brain feels like mush. Maybe mush isn’t … More Panic, Pause…Practice.
In education, we have the opportunity to re-new and re-set twice a year. Back in January I had a chance to reflect on my journey to create the LLC/ Makerspace with goals to work on PD (podcasts and book clubs), 3D printing Apps, iMac video editing and increasing the number of clubs at our school. … More New Year…New Learning (Part 2)
Each year, the Ontario Library Association runs the ‘Forest of Reading’ Program. This program involves nominating Canadian authors in several categories, spanning all levels of elementary and secondary. Check out http://bit.ly/1SeH3H6 for all of the details. This year, I wanted to try a new tool to increase the engagement of students in our Forest club at … More Kidblog – new format for Forest of Reading
I have tried to write this post a few times now…it feels like my brain is exploding with all of the amazing ideas that were shared at Tedx on May 14th! For me, there was a theme that ran through all of the talks – kindness and human connection are key to the work we … More TedxKitchenerEDU – kindness and the human connection
Today, I am participating in my first Blog Hop! Not being a natural writer, I have found starting a blog very challenging. In the spirit of 21st century learning and acquiring a growth-mindset, I have ventured into the blog0shpere with positive results. From the Blog Hop Page: The ministry recently released 21st Century Competencies: Foundation Document … More #peel21st March Blog Hop: Collaborating Near & Far
As many people know, QR codes were really big a few years ago. My husband even put one on our save the date that linked to our wedding website. Then…they sort of went away. Or maybe I just stopped noticing them on packaging or posters. Today, while collaborating with staff during a lunch and learn, … More QR codes – gone, but not forgotten?