Art Ed. Experiences

A Monday Night Art Chat sure can help to sort out some ideas with the help of other art friends.  Snapshot grades were the big topic from this discussion:

What a treat to discuss blogging and TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviour) with Ian Sands and Katherine Douglas!


Tim Bogatz was kind enough to include me in his “14 of 2014” collection of blog posts. You can read the interview here.  Thanks for the experience, Tim!

Paul Allison, Jake Jacobs, Chelsie Meyer and I discussed some contemporary #ArtsEd issues in the following Hangout:

To view the website, Teachers Teaching Teachers, click here.

My friend and colleague, Jenni Scott-Marciski, agreed to present at #ECOO13 with me. What an incredible experience!


The opportunity to present at Northern Ontario Education Leader’s annual conference gave me the chance to meet many of our region’s excellent educators:

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Please click on the image to view our presentation

A Presentation to teachers in SGDSB who are using the Ministry’s Growing Success document to enhance their practice:

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An exciting chat with Sir Ken Robinson:

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Click to read about a short chat with Sir Ken Robinson

It was thrilling to be part of a project that so many classrooms created together… and when my students found out that Commander Chris Hadfield watched it IN SPACE, we felt like we were floating!  Take a look:

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Out of This World!

In early 2013, I was invited to participate in a podcast with Stephen Hurley through the Canadian Education Association. Feel free to listen here:
Teaching The Way We Aspire To Teach Part 2 — A Story of ‘Wow’

CEA podcast
After taking part in the podcast, I was asked if I’d like to write a blog post that was related to some of the topics that were discussed.  Take a look here:
CEA Blog Post:  How Blogging and Tweeting Reinvigorated my Passion for Teaching

My students and I made a short video to compete in MindShare Learning’s 21st Century Classroom Video Challenge .  Although we didn’t win, it was a great learning experience, and it made my students realize just how much our classroom has changed:

In September 2012, my art classes participated in International Dot Day, an event that encourages students to “make their mark”, to create and collaborate with others.  We were so fortunate to share our experiences with Chelsie Meyer, a Middle School Art Teacher in Iowa.
Take a look at her article about our experience here: Dot Day Collaboration

My reflections about our Dot Day activities are posted here:  Dot Day 2012

My senior students participated in an art exchange with grade 2 students in Osaka, Japan.  The experience was organized by Know My World, and we were so happy to have the chance to participate:

In May 2012, my senior art class was SO EXCITED to have the chance to Skype with Jessica Baldenhofer from the Museum of Modern Art!  Read about our unforgettable experience here:
 “A Visitor From New York!”


A few years ago, I had a chance to work with Curriculum Services Canada, who visited my classroom and profiled some of my students’ work.  I was so proud of them!  The link is provided here:  Learning Through The Arts (still not sure why it was labeled as ‘drama’…)



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