Lessons from Camping in the Rain!

Lessons from Camping in the Rain!

For the past three days I have been camping on BC’s Sunshine Coast with 40 Grade 5 girls, 4 faculty and 6 Grade 10 student leaders. What a treat!  We were led by sustainability educators from the Sea to Sky Outdoor School at the beautiful YMCA Camp Elphinstone. Yes, it rained for three days. Yes, we … Continue reading

The Sweet Spot of Learning

The Sweet Spot of Learning

The other day, I found myself talking about the “Sweet Spot of Learning” with some awesome grade six girls in math class.  Close your eyes and recall, or imagine, a time when the learning all came together.  What did it look like?  What did it feel like?  How did it change you? How can you find … Continue reading

Always Learning…About Learning!

Always Learning…About Learning!

On my nightstand right now, is this professional read: I consider myself to be a “Leader of Learning” which of course means that I am an active learner, not an expert, but rather one who holds a vision for a community of learners and guides the process with data, protocols, dissonance, action and reflection.  Ah yes…dissonance. … Continue reading

Stink!

Stink!

If you have ever worked alongside of me, or sat in my class, you will know that my go-to word for a setback is “Stink!”  Stink moments happen regularly in my day to day world. Let me give you a very common example: I love to entertain and I also love to cook.  Every time … Continue reading

Chariots of Fire!

Chariots of Fire!

I was listening to Heidi Hayes Jacobs today describe the phases of curriculum mapping.  The word curriculum stirs up different images for me: provincial guidebooks full of outcomes and expectations for students; a course syllabus at any given school; checklists of items that I am legally required to teach, to cover.  I know first hand … Continue reading

The Other Side of the Desk

The Other Side of the Desk

I am in a time of transition.  For 21 years I have been a teacher – this includes teaching young ones in the classroom or on the soccer field, and old”ish” ones in staff meetings and professional development workshops.  For 21 years I have been earning a wage doing what I love best – teaching!  This … Continue reading