Category Archives: Ontario

TVO on the Road: Thunder Bay

The Agenda is one of the most thought-provoking programs available to TV (and internet) audiences who are intrigued by compelling topics and lively discussions.  Proudly Canadian, The Agenda is produced by TVO, serving our Nations viewers with relevant material that … Continue reading

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A Model of Thinking

The Arts Curriculum for Ontario has provided educators with two models of thinking that are very helpful for teachers and students.  If we use these models as a foundation on which we build our understanding of course concepts, our learning can … Continue reading

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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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#BIT14, Day 2 & 3

By far, the most touching aspect of #bit14: when we see how students benefit from the changes we make as teachers. — Colleen Rose (@ColleenKR) November 6, 2014 Bring IT Together was phenomenal.  Almost overwhelming. My friends (colleagues) and I … Continue reading

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#BIT14, Day 1

What would you wish for in a conference? Spectacular scenery?  Great venue?  Great friends?  An opportunity to learn? #BIT14 is the place to be. I was so fortunate to have the chance to present with Derrick Schellenberg & Maureen Asselin … Continue reading

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A New Beginning?

My son and I discovered a seed inside a nectarine over a week ago.  A special seed.  For some reason, it had started to sprout, so we decided to see what would happen if we encouraged it to grow a … Continue reading

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#ArtBusking

I’m pretty sure that #ArtBusking is one of the coolest art projects.  Ever. **Listen to my interview on CBC’s Superior Morning with Cathy Alex *HERE* The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation has been so incredibly supportive in our #ArtBusking endeavour. … Continue reading

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Teacher Learning and Leadership Program

The Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) is an annual project-based professional learning opportunity for experienced classroom teachers.  ~ Ontario Ministry of Education I just returned from Toronto, where Jenni & I participated in the TLLP Leadership Skills for Classroom Teachers Training … 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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Craft vs. Art in the Classroom

I used to snub my nose at craft.  For some reason, as I studied fine art, I was convinced that craft had a place beneath art, maybe reserved for those with less creativity.  Oh boy. A few summers ago, my … Continue reading

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