Virtual Reality in the Math Class: Moving from Abstract to Concrete

I have been thinking about Virtual Reality (VR) and how it could support math class. I think that we can help our students develop deeper conceptual understandings of math if we can provide opportunities to help students experience the math in multiple immersive ways. We know that students learn best when they can experience theContinue reading “Virtual Reality in the Math Class: Moving from Abstract to Concrete”

Helping kids to find their Writing Superpower: by Allison Tait

The following is a guest post by Allison Tait, Author of The Mapmaker Chronicles     As an author who’s regularly asked to visit schools for talks and workshops, I have one main question for educators: Who am I talking to? I find that the candidates for small group workshops tend to be made up ofContinue reading “Helping kids to find their Writing Superpower: by Allison Tait”

Critical Literacy

Our students need us more than ever. Society needs us more than ever. Educators are key to teaching critical literacy. We want our students to think critically about the world around them. We want them to think critically about all information shared through media, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly whenContinue reading “Critical Literacy”

Syrian Refugees: Allowing Stories to be told in the Classroom

I have begun to think about how I would make sure that my practice is fair for helping Syrian Refugees in classrooms. First, I don’t know their stories, and can’t ever own them either. I think that there is pressure for teachers to know all, and be in complete control of the underlying stories thatContinue reading “Syrian Refugees: Allowing Stories to be told in the Classroom”

Innovation for New Pedagogies and Education Spaces

I have been thinking a lot lately about the deeper ‘why’ behind the need for innovation in education. The deeper WHY behind the need for new spaces and also new initiatives including, but not limited to, makerspaces and genius hour. While I have led initiatives like these before, and believe in them, I wanted toContinue reading “Innovation for New Pedagogies and Education Spaces”

Socially Transforming the Classroom

What does it mean to be normal? How can we tell if new and innovative tasks and pedagogies are truly authentic – or just considered authentic because it fits into our privileged views of what normal is? Innovation. New Pedagogies. Digital literacies. 21st Century Learning Skills. How do we make sure we are not justContinue reading “Socially Transforming the Classroom”