Cold, eh?

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

Living in North Western Ontario is pretty wonderful… but it isn’t easy to smile when it’s anywhere below -30 degrees Celsius.  Right now, we’re in the middle of a deep freeze, making it feel well below -40 C with windchill.

One of the benefits of using social media is the sense of togetherness between those of us who are surviving the deep freeze.  Another unexpected bonus is the sense of pride that comes while sharing pictures & videos with friends around the world, who are interested in our chilly climate and activities.

Linda Yollis is a teacher in California, and an avid blogger whose work I admire.  Her 365 Project is a collection of images sent from various people, used to complement the learning in her classroom.  (*fantastic idea, Linda!*)  My students have been happy to respond to questions from her class, making them appreciate their own culture and adding a deeper sense of perspective.  Please take a look at one of our favourite blog posts from Mrs. Yollis:  “Mr. Toft’s One Minute Challenge“.  If you look at the comments section, you’ll be able to read responses by a group of my grade 10 boys who couldn’t wait to teach young students in California all about the Great White North.  It was one of those moments when marks didn’t matter — so cool.

There’s just no escaping the brutal cold, so we might as well make the best of it!

**Click on the picture below to see WATER turn to VAPOR instantly!**


Another fun post can be read here:  “Terrific Twitter Time

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3 Responses to Cold, eh?

  1. mrsyollis says:

    Dear Mrs. Rose,

    What a fabulous post! I really appreciate the kind words! I have loved getting to know you and your students and feel like this type of learning through social media is really amazing. Your winter photos are absolutely beautiful, and those Canadian commercials are hilarious!

    The Yollis’ 365 Project was a little idea I had, and I am thrilled with the photos and comments it has generated. Today will be day one of our fourth year, and it has truly exceeded my expectations.

    Looking forward to more fun connections with you and your students in 2014!

    Happy New Year!

    ~Mrs. Y♥llis

    • colleenkr says:

      Hello Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you so much for your comment. There is so much to be said for being inspired by other teachers, just as students can be inspired by each other. Ideas, like seeds, can soon grow into something wonderful. I can’t wait to see what this new year brings!


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