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Could I have done more?

Yesterday was the very last day of the 2018-2019 school year and with mixed emotions of relief, disappointment, sadness and elation I said good-bye to my wonderful students, cleaned my classroom and turned off my email notifications. I have 8 weeks of summer to now focus on myself. Some of my plans include reading non-education books, drinking lots of coffee, sitting out in the sun, … Continue reading Could I have done more?

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21CLHK Presentation Reflection Notes and Presentation Slides

Presenting is a skill. Some people are naturally gifted at commanding a room; they engage and interact with a room full of people with ease and confidence that commands respect. Some people work hard at this craft and little steps are made through hard work, practice and preparation. I am in the second group. I co-led my first IB workshop in September of 2017 and … Continue reading 21CLHK Presentation Reflection Notes and Presentation Slides

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Student Agency, Change and Pushing Boundaries

It seems each year there is a new buzzword in education. You will be familiar with words such as differentiation, flipped learning, growth mindset, grit, innovation and more recently student agency. With each new concept there is an expectancy of implementing and mastering the concept quickly, often without really understanding what the buzzword actually means. Defined by Grace on the Knewton blog: ‘Student agency refers … Continue reading Student Agency, Change and Pushing Boundaries

Guest Blog Post: Inspiration from Mwanza, Tanzania

The students and staff at St. Paul Nursery, Mwanza, Tanzania  My name is Josephine John. I am a Tanzanian lady. I am the director at St. Paul Nursery School found in Mwanza Tanzania. I qualified a certificate in Montessori Early Childhood teaching education in 2007 in Mwanza Tanzania. I have been in this field of teaching for 10 years now. I started teaching in 2008 … Continue reading Guest Blog Post: Inspiration from Mwanza, Tanzania

Communication within Schools; Tips for Fostering Better Communication

Historically “school” is a building where learning takes place. Recently, building relationships between staff and community members and navigating those relationships often eclipse the learning. Building relationships with students is easy: most educators enter the profession with the innate ability to help and connect to students of all ages. But for some educators, building relationships with each other and the adults within the community can … Continue reading Communication within Schools; Tips for Fostering Better Communication

The Elijah Tupling Fun Run

The Elijah Tupling Fun run is an annual event that takes place in a small town of Stayner, Ontario, Canada.  Stayner, a town of 4,100 is a small rural town approximately 130 kms north of Toronto. The town consists of a small elementary school and high school, a library and a hockey arena.  Why is this run so special?  The Elijah Tupling Fun run was … Continue reading The Elijah Tupling Fun Run

Inquiring into Inquiry; an Early Years Guide to Discovery

“At its very heart, inquiry is about investigation. It occurs when the learner seeks to discover/resolve/create/uncover/understand something. Inquirers are most often driven by questions.” Kath Murdoch, Blog: JustWondering  If inquiry learning is the act of discovering something new, how do Early Years teachers facilitate uncovering new discoveries when the whole experience of learning, school and life is so exciting? Every Early Years teacher (and parent) knows … Continue reading Inquiring into Inquiry; an Early Years Guide to Discovery