Professional Learning: Does it work?

I have been doing some research lately into Training Evaluation, and quite unexpectedly have become intrigued at how we measure professional development and whether it really works. A lot of time, money, effort, resources, blood, sweat, and tears goes into PD. We as educators provide and receive PD regularly, but does it change our learningContinue reading “Professional Learning: Does it work?”

Learn something new each day!

Learn something new everyday. That is how the old adage goes. But how many of us are actually learning something new each day? Learning something new is uncomfortable. It is a process that cannot be isolated to one day. How many of us are actually learning new things, versus evolving and reinforcing what we alreadyContinue reading “Learn something new each day!”

Feedback & Inquiry Twitter Chat Part II

The Feedback Friendly Classroom: Twitter chat Part II of Feedback and Inquiry: March 31, 9PM

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”

The Underlying Stories we tell in Education

There are underlying stories that come to life when we look at what we teach and why we teach it. We as educators choose who will speak, what information will be highlighted, how the curriculum will come to life. We essentially choose what underlying stories we will tell when we choose whose voices will prevail. Continue reading “The Underlying Stories we tell in Education”

14 Considerations for Inquiry Based Learning

  Inquiry is essential. The fact is that students come to school with partial knowledges.  But the curriculum documents themselves do not address the parts that students know or don’t know. It has been built to present to us about the privileged people and only the most successful moments in history according to those people.Continue reading “14 Considerations for Inquiry Based Learning”

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”