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 →

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 →

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 →

The muddiest point

The muddiest point is a writing-to-learn strategy where students express what they are most unsure about and/or any questions that may remain after a lesson. This allows students to learn by writing down their reflections. This strategy can be used in different ways in the classroom, although it is most commonly used at the end... Continue Reading →

“Discovering Me” e-portfolios

An electronic portfolio, commonly known as a digital e-portfolio, is composed of a collection of student artifacts related to teaching and learning. It is an easy way for students to collect, organize and share their learning journey with fellow classmates, teachers and parents. While it takes time to establish an e-portfolio platform, this paperless documenting... Continue Reading →

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