Getting the User at the Center of User-Centered Design!

For years I’ve worked with students around designing solutions for real problems in the world around us. I’ve asked students to consider the problem from a variety of perspectives and as of late, I wonder if there’s more that can be done about solving these complex problems. In my role at Future Design School, I’ve […]

Wellness in the Classroom

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a number of people reach out to ask about an activity that I did last year with junior students in our Wellness Club. I’ve been answering questions and sharing ideas and I thought perhaps this might be of benefit to more people so for this post, I’m sharing […]

Less Screen Time, More Play and Sleep Time

    An April 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) study highlighted the need for children to be more physically active and get more sleep. It particularly stressed the need for children under 5 to spend less time “sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time […]

The Courage to Teach

The Courage to Teach In this very challenging time of education cutbacks, teachers are on the edge. They wonder how long they will keep their jobs and what will classrooms be like in the next school year. Losing your job as a teacher is not just about losing a job, it is about losing the […]

Effective Assessment and Feedback: The Single Point Rubric

I’ve never really been focused on grades in my classroom. Some educators and parents might find it shocking to read a teacher put that in print.  However, what I mean is that I seldom talk to my students about levels and letter grades.  I focus discussion around feedback, improvement, exemplars and success criteria.  When rubrics were […]

Prom Project Hamilton

On Saturday, April 13th at Delta High school in Hamilton, the Prom Project held an amazing event. This event is supported by the same foundation who gave my students our grant for our inquiry project, the Hamilton Foundation for Student Success. The Prom Project allows students to pick out outfits free of charge to wear […]

Social Advocate through Children’s Story

While many are marching to show the Ford Government our thoughts about the budget cuts, I am reflecting on how we can safely ride out this storm. As a Social Advocate for equal rights and positive outcomes for our children and this world, I am with my sisters and brothers at Queens Park today in […]

Smaller Class Sizes Matter for Kids

As I started researching smaller class sizes, my Google search made it evident that smaller class sizes are significantly better … for students in private schools. Private schools use small class sizes to sell their product. They also get to pick who will be in their classes and who will be in their schools. With […]

Why students walked out today – April 4th, 2019

 Several students at schools participated in the Ontario-wide, student-organized, school walkouts to protest the provincial government’s recent changes to education. Here are some of the students’ words … “I walked out today because special school programs are amazing to help kids, just like me, with special education problems.” Grade 3 student “Why I walked out […]

Trading Places

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the value of trading places between the teacher and student role. Building trusting and meaningful relationships with our students is one of the most important things we can do. An important part of this is showing students our vulnerable sides. I want to reflect on the value of […]

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