We are hearing so much about collaboration. We hear about all of the benefits, why we should do it, how it improves our practice and student achievement.  I have had wonderful success with amazing collaborations through inquiries, projects, conferences, leadership opportunities, and with students, parents an amazing colleagues! In this way, it has solved... Continue Reading →

5 Questions for Innovation: From What to How

As educators we are very clear about WHAT we would like to do in terms of innovation. However, are we clear on HOW we are going to do it?  Very often in our PLN's, we are sharing great ideas about 'WHAT' to do. The WHAT is often shared in the form of a new technology... Continue Reading →

To Benefit Student Learning: Facilitating New Opportunities for Collaborative Inquiry, Action Research, Innovation

Today, it is imperative that we make changes to our traditional school paradigms to meet the learning needs of our students for today and their futures. We need to reimagine how we structure our schools to promote ongoing daily collaboration opportunities for teachers for the purposes of planning, with the explicit goal of improving student... Continue Reading →

‘Quiet’? or ‘Conversational’ Classrooms

The term 'Quiet' in our traditional school classrooms, often equates to 'compliance'. This was very important when our traditional school system was built over 100 years ago. It was essential that we had compliance from our students to adequately train them for the industrial era. When I think of quiet classrooms, I think about the... Continue Reading →

SAMR, Collaborative Inquiry & Tech enabled Learning

Earlier this year I began a collaborative teacher inquiry that would set up a technological framework for supporting literacy in the lives of our students, and increasing knowledge. My framework fit very nicely with Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model. The following is an example of one way I am incorporating the SAMR into literacy. Different Entry... Continue Reading →

It is not about the technology. It is about what we do with it.

This year I have been greatly inspired from a Teacher-Librarian at another school, who has been an expert at garnering support for reading amazing Canadian Literature!  More specifically - The Forest of Reading from the Ontario Library Association.  What I love most about what she does, is that she has built a strong global sense of community... Continue Reading →

Professional Inquiry to Improve Practice in Education

It can be very daunting and challenging to make real changes in our practices as educators.  One way that we can do this is to actively engage in the process of Inquiry. Inquiry is a creative endeavor where teachers do not have to be the ‘experts’. The answers are not necessarily in a textbook, yet... Continue Reading →

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