A Community of Learners, Near and Far

This is a story about some of my favorite learners who live throughout Alberta.  They access their courses online, connect in Blackboard Collaborate sessions, and share in small groups via Google Meet. Once a week, those that can, meet for for a full day of learning and exploring together. These young students know that youContinue reading “A Community of Learners, Near and Far”

Making Meaning

Several years ago, Jo Boloar’s course ‘How to Learn Math’, included a video clip, of Sebastian Thrun speaking about his approach to problem solving and math. I felt a spark of recognition and a sighed with relief to hear him say that we should not move ahead with a problem until we understand it intuitively; that weContinue reading “Making Meaning”

Rainy Day Thoughts on Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe

One rainy Saturday in April, a day much like today, I read Fenway and Hattie by Victoria Coe in anticipation of the Global Read Aloud this fall. What a delightful, humorous tale told from a dog’s point of view.  Victoria Coe, you captured the mind of a puzzled dog in a way that made me chuckle!  I seeContinue reading “Rainy Day Thoughts on Fenway and Hattie by Victoria J. Coe”

Finding the Best Blend for Learning (It’s not about the coffee.)

Last fall, at the BlendED and Online Symposium, one of our discussions centered on this question:  How do educators define blended learning? This is relavent question in education today, and one that is especially pertinent to me, because I teach students in both online and face to face settings. How is blended learning put intoContinue reading “Finding the Best Blend for Learning (It’s not about the coffee.)”

Reflections on, ‘Creating a Passionate Literacy Classroom’

Today I had the opportunity to hear Pernille Ripp, a Wisconsin 7th grade teacher, who started The Global Read Aloud in 2010.  Check her blog: Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension to learn more about her passion for students, learning and literacy. The session, Creating a Passionate Literacy Classroom, was organized by the Edmonton Regional LearningContinue reading “Reflections on, ‘Creating a Passionate Literacy Classroom’”

Question, Interest, Intention

Is it true that those who teach learn twice? If so teachers are the most fortunate of all. My question for this year: “Is there a way I can shift more agency to the learner?” A question inspired by, Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager. My interest and goal: Strive to remainContinue reading “Question, Interest, Intention”

Travel Journal – Stories Everywhere

Every place has a story, sometimes the story is ancient and tied to the land.  When we arrived at our mountain mansion we knew little of the far reaching history of Tateyama and the mountain. Tuesday morning we stepped out the door, ready to explore, and our attention was captured by another beautiful shrine. BeforeContinue reading “Travel Journal – Stories Everywhere”