Makerspaces for All

    Over this last year, I have had the opportunity to understand what Education for All, Learning for All, differentiation and equity on deeper levels due to working in a Makerspace. Learning is about problem solving, creating positive math mindsets, constructing and building knowledge through hands on activities, and most of all, promoting equity. NoContinue reading “Makerspaces for All”

In support of Libraries for Academic Success & Equity

Libraries are essential in building academic success and equity in our schools and learning environments. This is very easy when staff and students come from similar backgrounds and share similar languages, experiences and expectations. But what about the ‘others’? The one’s who do not share similar experiences, expectations, languages, and backgrounds? First, what does itContinue reading “In support of Libraries for Academic Success & Equity”

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”

Equity in Assessment

Research on multicultural groups including Black, Hispanic, First Nation, and ESL suggests that standards based reforms, large scale assessments, implementation of standards based reforms are unfair (Volante, 2008). We run into problems when the big data is always used to prove what works in education, for instance, why we need Librarians, more standardized texts forContinue reading “Equity in Assessment”

Changing Pedagogies and Student Voice

Today it seems as though pedagogy is becoming a word we are hearing about a lot more.  A word that is starting to seep beyond education and government, into other institutions, organizations and aspects of society that have genuine interests in the future of our children. The evidence certainly points toward the idea that weContinue reading “Changing Pedagogies and Student Voice”

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!”