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 technologyContinue reading “5 Questions for Innovation: From What to How”

The Case for Blended Learning

The opportunities for eLearning are growing immensely. It really is amazing to have eLearning opportunities that we can choose from to benefit student learning. In my experience, different learning situations require different levels and types of online learning opportunities. The level of eLearning really depends on the learning environment, and the people that you are instructing.Continue reading “The Case for Blended Learning”

Propelling a New Education Paradigm Forward to Reduce Dropouts

Post from Canadian Education Association: Propelling a New Education Paradigm Forward to Reduce Dropouts

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 studentContinue reading “To Benefit Student Learning: Facilitating New Opportunities for Collaborative Inquiry, Action Research, Innovation”

Learning is Complicated: 4 Myths in Education Explained

  Education abounds with myths, several of those ‘myths’ are about how the brain works. These myths have a long standing history of being perpetuated, believed, purchased, and shared. As educators we all have our own inquiries and hypotheses of how students learn best, sometimes we do this with a lack of educational research. ThisContinue reading “Learning is Complicated: 4 Myths in Education Explained”

Make School Different: Think Like a Librarian

In keeping with the meme #makeschooldifferent, I have been thinking more about the philosophies behind Librarianship. I decided to think about this in terms of what I want to START, instead of what we need to STOP pretending. I am passionate about education and have also been working on a project for New Pedagogies forContinue reading “Make School Different: Think Like a Librarian”

Learning Commons to Education Commons

I have been a Teacher-Librarian for approximately 8 of the last 14 years, and I also teach AQ courses in Librarianship. I am very passionate about the philosophy behind the Learning Commons. That is why this year, when I decided to move back into the classroom, I wanted to transfer the Learning Commons philosophy overContinue reading “Learning Commons to Education Commons”

Knowledge Building in the Learning Commons

Knowledge Building in the Learning Commons   Knowledge Building in the Learning Commons By Deborah McCallum “Knowledge building is perhaps the most important skill of the 21st Century” McCallum aligns the knowledge building process to major ideas and the standards from the new document Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons publishedContinue reading “Knowledge Building in the Learning Commons”