Innovation with Relationships in Education

This morning we had the privilege of listening to George Couros speak about Innovation. This was very inspiring to me because I am passionate about knowledge building, innovation, and incorporating FNMI values, cultures and perspectives into my learning environments. In my opinion, learning in education is also enhanced through play. Innovation can emerge through ‘Play’,Continue reading “Innovation with Relationships in Education”

Walking the Good Path in Life: Digital Citizenship and The Seven Grandfather Teachings

From a First Nations perspective, you ‘Walk the Good Path’ when you demonstrate The Seven Grandfather Teachings. When you live your best life, you demonstrate Truth, Love, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Respect, & Bravery. Now, this is true in our physical worlds, as it is in our virtual and digital worlds. We all have a responsibility to helpContinue reading “Walking the Good Path in Life: Digital Citizenship and The Seven Grandfather Teachings”

Educational Change, New Pedagogies with FNMI Knowledge

Educational change and implementation of new pedagogies is essential in this day in age. This change also needs to equally encompass FNMI values, perspectives, cultures and knowledge. The fastest growing population in Canada is the FNMI population. The ever increasing population of FNMI youth needs to be equally recognized in Canadian schools. If we doContinue reading “Educational Change, New Pedagogies with FNMI Knowledge”

What is important in Education?

What is Important in Education?   I have recently been doing some reading and listening to  John Seely Brown, and so much of what he has discussed in his work resonates with my own thought processes and inquiries right now. As I think about how our education system needs to change in order to promoteContinue reading “What is important in Education?”

Publishing Student Work: Who owns the copyright?

Who owns the copyright of student work? Should teachers be allowed to publish student work without permission or informed consent? In elementary school, we teach information literacy skills and teach students to properly cite the images and works of others. Creative Commons and the Education Fair Use act allows students to use and cite theContinue reading “Publishing Student Work: Who owns the copyright?”

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?”

New Pedagogies Please!!

Despite what we are taught in Teacher’s College, once in our own classrooms, many educators ‘default’ to teaching in the same ways that we learned from our own days in school? It only makes sense – those experiences have created the schemata we use for how education should work. Many educators have very fixed cognitiveContinue reading “New Pedagogies Please!!”

8 Steps to Integrate Science Curriculum in a Regular or Split Grade Class

Integrating the curriculum in a split grade is challenging even at the best of times. Especially when we have been trained to not see any obvious links between the expectations. For instance, a Grade 2 science curriculum focusses on the states of matter, the Grade 3 curriculum focuses on structures. For many teachers, the abilityContinue reading “8 Steps to Integrate Science Curriculum in a Regular or Split Grade Class”