Design Thinking

During our most recent professional development day, my superstar NTIP mentor Jennifer King introduced us to the concept of design thinking and how it can be implemented and assessed in the classroom. Design thinking allows students to make an impact with design, and is rooted in empathy as we use design to create meaningful change for the user (Stanford d.school, 2017).... Continue Reading →

Differentiation in the Classroom Using Hapara Workspace

Hapara workspace is a technology tool that works wonders in terms of providing opportunities for differentiation in the classroom. Hapara workspaces are online collaborative learning environments where students can work at their own pace through a wide variety of learning tasks. Students are able to review learning goals, access resources, complete individual learning tasks, collaborate... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Area and perimeter

Activity #1: Tables configurations Our third and final week at numeracy camp focused on area and perimeter, which we introduced using the picture book Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! A Mathematical Story by Marilyn Burns. It is an engaging story that describes a family reunion, where the arrangement of the tables and chairs is constantly changing as more... Continue Reading →

Boats that float!

During the last week of math camp, we challenged our Mathletes to use the construction and math skills that they had been practicing to individually and economically build a boat that would float. The parameters of the challenge were simple: Goal: Using the materials from the list below, design and construct the least expensive boat possible that will float... Continue Reading →

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