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?”

Information Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom

      Information literacy skills are of paramount importance in the 21st Century. Information Literacy is an all encompassing term that includes traditional reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, media literacy, digital citizenship and higher order thinking skills. Higher order thinking skills includes critical thinking, and are are necessary for all curriculum areas andContinue reading “Information Literacy in the 21st Century Classroom”

Help! Our School Structures are outdated and the Digital Divide is growing!

This picture represents how learning was originally structured within school systems. One can make inferences about what was important in education in the 1800’s. But how much have things changed since our Canadian school system was implemented? Are Students engaged? I can’t help but think however, that for all of our new technologies and newContinue reading “Help! Our School Structures are outdated and the Digital Divide is growing!”

Cultivating Knowledge in Virtual Spaces

  There are vast amounts of ‘blank’ spaces in our virtual worlds. The empty virtual spaces will eventually be filled with knowledge. But who’s knowledge will have the privilege of being promoted?  I believe that this is an issue that we need to be concerned about particularly in light of current events in the issueContinue reading “Cultivating Knowledge in Virtual Spaces”

Questions for Knowledge, Development and Learning

  Knowledge is not a fixed entity. It is fluid and ever-changing. With that in mind, it is beneficial as educators to get into the habit of asking fundamental questions about knowledge. For instance, What is knowledge? How is knowledge produced? What knowledge do I have, and why is it different than someone else’s? WhoContinue reading “Questions for Knowledge, Development and Learning”

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, yetContinue reading “Professional Inquiry to Improve Practice in Education”

It is not about Technology. It is about Pedagogy.

  In this era of rapid evolution of informational technology, new pedagogies are necessary to meet the demands of our connected world. This includes providing equal access and opportunity for students to partake, share and build knowledge in virtual spaces. Educators are creators, facilitators, curators and collaborators of knowledge in the 21st century, and technology plays aContinue reading “It is not about Technology. It is about Pedagogy.”

Teaching the Indian Act

  The Indian Act of 1876 was the consolidation of other Acts that were created to begin to ‘Civilize’ and assimilate Aboriginal Peoples into Canada. It is still alive and very much in pace today, still mostly organized in its original form, despite dozens of amendments. It is a very destructive Act that sought toContinue reading “Teaching the Indian Act”