Edtech, will you marry me? Proposal from a Teacher

I think I am finally ready to take the next step in my relationship with Ed! Ed Tech, Please consider this marriage proposal from me, a teacher…. And not just me…me kids really need that direct ‘Tech’ influence in their lives. More and more I realise that I just can’t do it all on myContinue reading “Edtech, will you marry me? Proposal from a Teacher”

The Psychology behind helping students to ‘Connect the Dots’ to the Future

As Steve Jobs once said: You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down theContinue reading “The Psychology behind helping students to ‘Connect the Dots’ to the Future”

8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills

Students who access and use libraries and their contents – both librarians and books – outperform those students who rarely or never use libraries.  I am inspired from this quote from the article:  It’s About Access. This is particularly because it outlines 2 very powerful words:  Access and Use. Access and use of effective and appropriateContinue reading “8 Ingredients for increasing Literacy and 21st Century Skills”

5 Considerations for Welcoming Environments in our Schools

Fostering welcoming environments in education is essential for improving learning and engagement. Schools can help acknowledge students by representing their cultural diversity. This can be done by embedding cultural symbols, and practices into our buildings, classrooms, and online environments that serve to help make students and parents feel welcome and important. However, it is aContinue reading “5 Considerations for Welcoming Environments in our Schools”

8 Considerations when Creating a 21st Century Learning Commons

There are important elements that need to be considered when trying to create a 21st Century Library Space. Libraries of the 21st Century truly need to be spaces that promote both physical and virtual senses of Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity. Regardless of your situation, Safety, Inclusiveness, and Equity need to be at the forefront ofContinue reading “8 Considerations when Creating a 21st Century Learning Commons”

13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students

The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. Indigenous populations are also the fastest growing populations in Canada.Continue reading “13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students”

Top 10 Benefits of Using iPads: Supporting Instructional and Assessment Strategies

The role of the Teacher is a large one, and includes obtaining accurate information about what their students already know, previous learning experiences, cultural backgrounds, & special learning needs etc. It is this information that enables teachers to be able to effectively design Instructional strategies and Assessments that appropriate for each student. The younger studentsContinue reading “Top 10 Benefits of Using iPads: Supporting Instructional and Assessment Strategies”

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Education for First Nations, Metis, & Inuit Students

Embedding culturally-relevant pedagogy into teaching can help students to: build self-esteem, understanding, and tolerance between individuals, classrooms, and greater community; increase open and acceptable communication among and between students, staff, admin, parents, and community; build respect, aid in collaboration, and allows for integrated and differentiated teaching approaches that benefit all diverse cultural backgrounds and special needs forContinue reading “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Education for First Nations, Metis, & Inuit Students”