A new perspective

During today's class,  some fellow teacher education students delivered a  workshop exploring how to support blind and low vision students in inclusive classrooms. A variety of resources were provided, and I've shared some of the highlights below. What Do Blind People See? Imagining a life from a blind or low vision perspective can be challenging for people who have always had... Continue Reading →

Power of PowToon

Looking for a simple tool to help you create engaging animated videos and presentations? Search no further! PowToon is a presentation tool that offers awesome comic-style graphics that are easy to create and manipulate in order to communicate content in a captivating way. With various styles to choose from (ranging from professional to cartoon), PowToon emphasizes the... Continue Reading →

Building Futures

Today, the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education hosted the Ontario Ministry of Education's "Building Futures," which consisted of a selection of workshops for Year 2 teacher candidates. These workshops provided the opportunity to learn through exploration and facilitated discussion, with the goal of helping teacher candidates to become more familiar with Ministry priorities, initiatives and policies (see video below:... Continue Reading →

QR Code Treasure Hunt

During my practicum in a grade 8 classroom, my associate teacher shared various techniques for increasing student engagement during math problem-solving. One such technique allowed students to use their own devices to scan QR codes that were posted around the classroom and hallways. By scanning the QR codes, students were able to access multiple different questions and... Continue Reading →

EdInnovation 2016: Ottawa Bilingual Summit

In an effort to support teacher candidates in their commitment as innovators in education, the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education sponsored several registrations for this year's EdInnovation 2016 Ottawa Bilingual Summit. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to attend, and what a weekend it was! Below I've documented some of the highlights  in... Continue Reading →

Learning skills and work habits

Clear communication between parents and teachers is critical for student success. One common question from parents (and teachers!) in Ontario is: Why are learning skills and work habits assessed and evaluated? Well, to be successful, students will require a number of competencies in addition to mastery of curriculum content. Learning skills and work habits outline key... Continue Reading →

Learning about students and their learning

After reading, discussing and analyzing the trends in practicum observations among colleagues, I have identified several useful strategies to gather information about students and their learning before a new unit, term or school year. From an academic standpoint, many teachers used diagnostic or before-instruction assessments to gauge students’ prior knowledge and learning styles. For example, math... Continue Reading →

An intermediate introduction

Homeroom, six periods, over a hundred students in a day... While it is infamous for being a difficult year for students, grade 8 can definitely be a whirlwind from the teacher perspective as well! As a second year Teacher Candidate, I am excited to be in a grade 8 math/science placement for this semester. "The... Continue Reading →

Lego robotics

One morning during our summer numeracy camp, we had a special visitor from the board who led the Mathletes in an exploration of lego robotics. These are my three main take-aways from observing this experience: Let the students explore on their own first and provide guidance (if necessary) only after they have tinkered with the technology.... Continue Reading →

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