Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices

I am thinking about the intersections of literacy instruction and learning that centers the voices of Black students. I know that even as I am thinking about this, and sharing my own thoughts and questions, that I have been indoctrinated with racist tendencies that I have subconsciously absorbed: 10 Ways Good White People Can HelpContinue reading “Literacy Instruction: From ‘Best Practices’ to Centering Student Voices”

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 abilityContinue reading “Spatial Reasoning and Student Success”

Globalization: Friend or Foe of Modern Learning?

  Globalization has contributed to an amazing realm of possibility for modern education. But we can’t always assume it is always beneficial. We need to take critical stances as educators, and help ourselves, and our learners, to question what people say and write online. Question the motivations of others. While Globalization is amazing and theContinue reading “Globalization: Friend or Foe of Modern Learning?”

Syrian Refugees: Allowing Stories to be told in the Classroom

I have begun to think about how I would make sure that my practice is fair for helping Syrian Refugees in classrooms. First, I don’t know their stories, and can’t ever own them either. I think that there is pressure for teachers to know all, and be in complete control of the underlying stories thatContinue reading “Syrian Refugees: Allowing Stories to be told in the Classroom”

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 Our School Structures are outdated and the Digital Divide is growing!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 Our School Structures are outdated and the Digital Divide is growing!”