Are you a Holistic Educator? Or a Dancing Monkey?

Holistic teaching involves more than just curriculum expectations and standardized testing. It is about teaching our students to connect their own feelings, emotions, and experiences with the knowledge to create meaning. Teaching holistically is important to foster a culture of inclusiveness, cooperation, and empathy in our classrooms. We may understand the philosophy behind the holisticContinue reading “Are you a Holistic Educator? Or a Dancing Monkey?”

5 Ways to Foster Welcoming Environments for your Students

With so many Educators embarking on a new beginnings this time of year, it is a great time to reflect upon how we can create Welcoming Environments for our students and parents. Creating classrooms and schools that are Welcoming for both students and parents, is absolutely essential to improving Student Learning and Engagement. If weContinue reading “5 Ways to Foster Welcoming Environments for your Students”

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”

Promoting Courage in our Educational Systems

Courage is an important trait to embody in our Education system, for both Educators and Students.  As one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings, it is a trait that enables all other aspects of good character, including Humility, Inclusiveness, Cooperation, and Respect. It also encompasses the ability to be imperfect, and the ability to contribute toContinue reading “Promoting Courage in our Educational Systems”

It’s a good thing to be Humble: Humility in our School Systems

  ‘It’s a good thing to be Humble’, my Grandmother once said many years ago. Sounds simple enough, but I always come back to that statement in my life. How can something so simple, have the ability to affect our lives so greatly? Humility one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings, and is basically the actContinue reading “It’s a good thing to be Humble: Humility in our School Systems”

Restorative Practice Circles

Restorative Practice Circles are based upon the First Nations tradition of Talking Circles. First Nations, Metis & Inuit cultures are built upon oral traditions, therefore Talking Circles have been important ways to maintain and pass down important cultural teachings. Restorative Practice is a form of justice, where in the classroom, it could be comprised of theContinue reading “Restorative Practice Circles”

Creating Welcoming Environments in our Schools and Libraries

  In many schools, there can be a lack of cultural diversitiy, symbols and practices that make students and parents feel welcome and important. This is unfortunate, because creating Welcoming Environments are essential to improving Student Learning. However, it is a challenge to continually create Welcoming Environments in our schools. With increasing demands surrounding schoolContinue reading “Creating Welcoming Environments in our Schools and Libraries”

Cognitive Science: How thoughts and behaviours impact achievement and success in Education

Cognitive Science is a valid, quantifiable field that is able to help us understand a wide range of issues as they pertain to Education and Learning. The research behind Cognition has been focussed on how we think and the way we learn, and more specifically on the systematic biases in of the schemas that we hold about theContinue reading “Cognitive Science: How thoughts and behaviours impact achievement and success in Education”