4 Top Communication Skills for Educators

  Using effective communication skills in our learning environments will promote student voice, equity, balance, literacy skills, and academic success! I am currently Instructing a College Course in Psychology that promotes key counselling skills via Desire2Learn LMS.  I am able to work with a cohort of amazing candidates who are not in the education profession.Continue reading “4 Top Communication Skills for Educators”

Edtech: Harnessing Student Voice and Promoting Equity

    Educational Technology can be used to promote equity in our learning spaces, harness student voice, and provide new avenues for students to cultivate their passions in life. Educators can choose to use this edtech meaningfully in our learning spaces. We can use it for purposes including connecting, creating, knowledge building, publishing, giving studentsContinue reading “Edtech: Harnessing Student Voice and Promoting Equity”

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”

Edtech, Boundaries of Competence, Student Success

When educators talk about all of the great ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, it is easy to make education about the technology and not the message or curriculum, or the whole student. However, it is wise to start with the learning goals that are based on the curriculum and needs of the students.Continue reading “Edtech, Boundaries of Competence, Student Success”

FNMI, eLearning and Culturally Relevant Education

https://flic.kr/p/jS3h The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. In our Western world, standardized, results-based practices, measurement, andContinue reading “FNMI, eLearning and Culturally Relevant Education”

5 Considerations for Welcoming Environments in our Schools

Fostering welcoming environments in education is essential for improving learning and engagement. Schools can help acknowledge students by representing their cultural diversity. This can be done by embedding cultural symbols, and practices into our buildings, classrooms, and online environments that serve to help make students and parents feel welcome and important. However, it is aContinue reading “5 Considerations for Welcoming Environments in our Schools”

13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students

The FNMI populations across North America are incredibly diverse, both linguistically and culturally. With literally hundreds of different First Nations and Aboriginal populations, we are faced with many challenges with regards to how we can adequately preserve Indigenous knowledge and ways of living within Canada. Indigenous populations are also the fastest growing populations in Canada.Continue reading “13 Strategies to Promote Equity and Diversity in the Classroom For First Nations, Metis & Inuit Students”

Helping our Children to ‘Walk the Good Path’ in life: The Seven Grandfather Teachings & Educating our Children

The Seven Grandfather Teachings tell us that you live your best life, when you can demonstrate toward others, the constructs of Truth, Love, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Respect, & Bravery. From a First Nations perspective, you ‘Walk the Good Path’ when you demonstrate Truth, Love, Humility, Courage, Honesty, Respect, and Bravery. The 7th Generation Principle alsoContinue reading “Helping our Children to ‘Walk the Good Path’ in life: The Seven Grandfather Teachings & Educating our Children”