“That’s why we hired you”

A few years back, my daughters were given the responsibility of running the local swimming pool for the summer. They were hired by the local pool board and given the responsibility of getting the pool ready for the upcoming year.… Continue Reading

#saskedchat December 3rd, 2015

Tonight our topic for #saskedchat is Student/Teacher Organizational Routines & Tools. We’ll be discussing some different techniques and strategies that teacher can use to help them organize and establish routines for themselves and their students. Here are the questions we’ll… Continue Reading

#saskedchat November 26, 2015

Tonight our topic was Genius Hour/Maker Space & Assessment and it was a great chat! Participants discussed their experiences and the challenges that they faced with introducing and creating space for Genius Hour and Maker Space and the role of… Continue Reading

You Know Enough – Just Start

Starting….. It’s hard. It requires taking that first step. Of following it with another. Of having to get back up if you fall down. Learning to walk is tough but small children soon learn all the complex steps in taking… Continue Reading

9 Ways to Use Portfolios with Students

  A Show Case of Learning As a teacher, I began having students create portfolios as a way to show what they were doing in class. The first portfolios were Show Case portfolios in which students would included their best… Continue Reading

Friday Resource Review – Trello

Trello is a free whiteboardlike service that I’ve been using for a few months now. I use it to share resources with other teachers, co-ordinate the topics and questions for #saskedchat and outline my presentations. It has helped me with… Continue Reading

Are you Failing or Flailing?

Failing or Flailing? On a resent episode of  Mitch Joel’s podcast Six Pixels of Separation, Mitch talks with Seth Godin about his book What To Do When It’s Your Turn and It’s Always Your Turn . During the interview Seth Godin… Continue Reading

Let’s Try Re-Framing

The First Follower This is one of my favourite videos about leadership and being willing to take risks. Early in my career as a teacher, and then as an administrator, I often was so focused on my own agenda that I… Continue Reading

Resource Review – Pearltrees

Pearltrees is an online curation service that allows the user to store and share their own items, pictures, notes, writings and also collect and share items from the web.   Pearltrees, the place to organize all your interests, has gathered… Continue Reading

Don’t Imitate – Innovate

It might be flattering to have someone imitate you. You might feel it’s necessary to imitate a mentor. But creativity and innovation rarely happen through imitation. It might start with what someone else is doing but creativity and innovation use… Continue Reading