Spatial Reasoning and Student Success

  Spatial Reasoning This year, I have had the privilege of designing a brand new makerspace for our school. In addition, I have been able to focus on visual-spatial reasoning as the thread that pulls together science, math and technology. What is spatial reasoning? According to the Ministry of Education, Spatial reasoning is the ability... Continue Reading →

Makerspaces & Math Links

STEAM Job descriptions for Curriculum Planning

    Using job descriptions can facilitate program planning and student learning. A job description provides us with rich opportunities to extract content areas, learning goals, success criteria, and rich tasks for learning. It just doesn't matter if the position is paid or not, volunteer or mandatory. The point is that you will often find key... Continue Reading →

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. No... Continue Reading →

The Big Ideas in Education and STEAM

  How do we plan for STEAM? We start with the Big Ideas.   Attached is a chart I created to link the Big Ideas in Education with S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Big Ideas in Education STEAM This chart is specifically geared toward the Ministry of Ontario curricula that address STEAM subjects, and specifically... Continue Reading →

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 it... Continue Reading →

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 to... Continue Reading →

Holistically integrating ICT with the help of the Library

Originally created and shared by Deborah McCallum on The purpose of this post is to provide examples of holistic instructional strategies involving information technology in any learning environment. Rather than solely focusing on objectives, assessment outcomes and a heirarchy of subject matter, which are important, the role of the Teacher-Librarian is to help learners... Continue Reading →

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