T is for Teaching & Time

As a student, I loved learning about everything. I read voraciously which allowed me to see places and meet people I wouldn’t ever be exposed to in real life. I saw patterns and madeconnections across subjects and disciplines which then drove me to learn more. It sparked a curiosity in me about the world which…

R is for Reflection

Mirror, mirror, on the wall... Usually, when we talk about reflection in education we are referring to assessment and evaluation. We evaluate through reflecting, that is, thoughtful consideration (#7) or meditation (#6) on something. Both of these qualify as the action we take as educators to assess and evaluate whether it be our students or…

Q is for Questions and Not Getting Caught in the Quagmire

A teacher's job is full of questions; that's what we do really, live in questions. Answering, asking, composing, rephrasing -- all those questions fill our day. And then we ask some more questions -- questions that we hope will challenge our students, push them deeper, and foster critical thinking. We perfect our questioning skills to…

Empowerment and Star Trek

Today I want to tell you about Sarah. Sarah is a student in my grade 10 academic English class. I don't have to engage Sarah. She came engaged and ready to learn because she has goals, big goals, laudable goals. But, Sarah struggles in my class sometimes. She has a hard time keeping up with the readings. Sarah has…

L is for Light

https://view.genial.ly/5d39d17d349b990f8d319e7e/social-action-light-it-up The darkest hour is just before the dawn. Let there be light. (A teacher's life) Dawn Illuminate, elucidate, fill with curiosity and wonder. Morning Bring to light. Use a light touch. Trip the light fantastic. midday Light bulb moment. Brilliance, radiance. Afternoon See the light. Blaze, glare, dazzle. Understanding, enlightenment. Sunset See things in a different…