Category Archives: Growing Success

Yay, Report Cards.

Do you have any idea how good I am at procrastinating?  Absolutely fabulous.  Especially when it comes to calculating report card marks and writing comments.  My house will suddenly become spotless (even the ring around the tub will vanish), my … Continue reading

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Using Google+ Communities to Encourage Feedback

Last semester, my students enjoyed using a Google+ Community to discuss ideas with students in Mexico.  This semester, my grade 12 students are using a  Google+ Community to connect with each other, with me, and their student-teacher. It isn’t always … Continue reading

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Using Google Forms to Encourage Collaboration

#NipRockArt students helped to design their art history project today by responding to this tweet: Gr. 11 #NipRockArt students, please fill out this form before class today: Success Criteria for Art History https://t.co/zmubDU170C — Colleen Rose (@ColleenKR) February 28, 2014 … Continue reading

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Transition to a Choice-Based Classroom

Oxford Dictionaries describes ‘education’ as the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.  This seems rather dry and uninspiring, but if you scroll down a bit, there is another definition: an enlightening experience, as in … Continue reading

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What Happens When The Teacher’s Desk Disappears?

Necessity is the mother of invention… or imitation.   This semester, I have a couple of large classes, so I wanted to make some changes to accommodate my students. Inspiration to rid my classroom of my desk came from a video on … Continue reading

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The Dilemma

Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher. — Adam Levine (@adamlevine) September 20, 2013 . It’s hard to move forward without taking a critical look at yourself, but being … Continue reading

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Breaking the Mold: Using Technology to Help Introverts Share Their Thoughts in School

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn. ~ Ignacio Estrada ~ Have you ever wished that your shy student would break out of his or her shell? You know they … Continue reading

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My Personal Best

Recently, I began trying to run.  This is very new for me, and therefore still quite scary.  I have wanted to do this for quite some time, but never crossed the threshold from walking to a quicker pace.  When I … Continue reading

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smART

Could English/Literacy teachers infuse a unit with numeracy by writing song lyrics for music with different tempos (oops, tempi)? If you know of any teachers who have tried this idea, share their videos/blog posts in the comment section below!

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Building a Framework

We Are Makers from Learning Studio on Vimeo. Have you ever been so overwhelmed by something you’ve learned, that it feels like you know nothing at all?  Or so inspired by someone’s ideas that you end up with more questions … Continue reading

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