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The Joy of Cycling

I fly down the trails, I hear a joyful shout as another cyclist approaches, “Happy cycling! And what could be better? Blue sky, yellow leaves, the earthy smell of fall.

Grade 3 Using My Maps

Grade three students in my online class are currently learning how economic factors shape communities. What are the main goods and services produced by the communities we are learning about? What goods and services do the communities import from and export to other parts of the world? Where, on a globe and/or map, are theContinue reading “Grade 3 Using My Maps”

Co-Creating Learning Stories

Inspiration!  Once again gathering with my colleagues, participating in great sessions and connecting to new ideas, meant that this was another enjoyable and worthwhile teacher’s convention. I use photographs in my classroom as a way for students to share what they have learned and as a jumping off point for stories and further reflection. OurContinue reading “Co-Creating Learning Stories”

Online Courses – What makes them work for you?

If you were asked, “Identify ten ingredients for an effective and meaningful online course.”,what would you include as essential? Have you taken an online course?  What worked for you?  What were the challenges?  Share your insights, thoughts, and wishes when it comes to online learning. I am curious to hear from students, teachers, parents, and others.Continue reading “Online Courses – What makes them work for you?”

Summer Reading

It’s been a month of intense reading. The Return by Hisham Matar –  A recommendation from Barack Obama’s reading list. Hisham Matar’s family was exiled from Libya and lived in Cairo where he attended an American school.  Later, both Hisham and his brother attended school in Europe under false identities because of threats to theContinue reading “Summer Reading”

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”

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