The End and The Beginning

LINK to SlideDeck with full teacher interviews and project information, including reflections and student evidence Background Moving into the 2019-2020 year I knew that a growth area for our school was Digital Citizenship (DC), especially in the elementary panel. There had been some work around DC in the past, but never in an organized and … Continue reading The End and The Beginning

Community Connections

One of the great things about taking on my COETAIL certification is the connections with educators in my cohort, past COETAILers and other educators from around the world.  For me, the primary way I have done this is through Twitter and LinkedIn. When I publish a blog post for #COETAIL it is pushed out through … Continue reading Community Connections

The Potential of Blockchain

If you had asked me about Blockchain a year ago, I would not have been able to tell you a great deal. In fact, I assumed Blockchain was synonymous with cryptocurrency, and that was about it. It wasn’t until a chance social media encounter with a former student that my eyes became open to the … Continue reading The Potential of Blockchain

Thoughts on System Change

Change brings about uncertainty, which brings about vulnerability. Vulnerability and uncertainty can be unsettling for employees and other stakeholders in an organization. In my case, in a school setting, system change impacts not only the employees (teaching and non-teaching staff), but students and parents as well, and potentially other community members. Remember, most people need … Continue reading Thoughts on System Change

Final Project

Next semester I will be co-teaching a grade 7 robotics course with our Design and Innovation Specialist at our school.  As I have mentioned in earlier posts, our Design and Innovation Lab was newly opened this year, and our Design and Innovation Specialist is new to our school this year.  She is also fairly new … Continue reading Final Project

Deep Learning

This week is an opportunity for me to revisit some concepts that have had a huge impact on me not only as a teacher, but as a leader, and a coach.  There are two big ideas from the reading that I want to focus my post on, that is Project Based Learning (PBL), and Design … Continue reading Deep Learning

Thoughts on Courage

The SXSW talk by Brene Brown started with two powerful questions around courage: “Is courage the willingness to show up and be seen, even when you can’t control the outcome”? “Is courage something that is inherent in us, or something we can teach and develop in people and in ourselves”? These two questions caused me … Continue reading Thoughts on Courage

Deep Learning

This week I want to focus on one of our additional resources that really resonated with me. Fullan and Langworthy’s white paper Towards a New End: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning focuses in on deep learning, which is categorized by character education, citizenship, communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity, and how deep learning can be … Continue reading Deep Learning

New Pedagogies and Deep Learning

This week, I focussed my writing around Fullan and Langworthy’s work: A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Find Deep Learning. To quickly recap, a key focus of the writing is the idea of New Pedagogies, which are comprised of three areas, New Learning Partnerships, Deep Learning Tasks, and Digital Tools and Resources. New Learning Partnerships … Continue reading New Pedagogies and Deep Learning