Digital Promise’s Instructional Design Tool

Last month I wrote about the Learner Variability Navigator created by Digital Promise - my new favourite tool I have to say. And just when I thought it couldn't be any more brilliant, they go and knock my socks off with a great new addition to ramp up the awesomeness. Digital Promise, an independent, bipartisan non-profit,…

Learning About Ourselves and the World

The participants of the global collaborative project, Single Voices, Global Choices, have been immersed in a multitude of learning experiences focused on the many international days of recognition. October and November have offered rich experiences to learn about ourselves and others ranging from investigating our own mental health and wellness to understanding the issues faced…

Learner Variability

What is the one constant in education today? Well, it varies. Something I've spent a lot of time on lately is learner variability. This focus grew out of my interest in supporting social emotional learning. In learning about supporting student's emotional health and incorporating practices and strategies to encourage social-emotional growth I began looking carefully…

Sharing Plenty

The Single Voices, Global Choices project officially launched at the beginning of September and teachers around the globe have been working with their students exploring topics around one or more international event/events created by the United Nations and other organizations. September saw the International Day of Charity, International Literacy Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, the…

Y is for YOU and other Y’s

YOU John Hattie, in his ground-breaking work Visible Learning, concluded that teachers are among the most powerful influences in learning. He found that a "teacher's beliefs and commitments are the greatest influence on student achievement" (Hattie 25). Teachers do this by constantly evaluating and assessing, not just students, but their teaching methods and the effectiveness…

Single Voices, Global Choices Project

Audio as read by Lynn Thomas Planning is well underway for Single Voices, Global Choices having begun a few months ago. The project, already boasting 107 teachers from 95 schools in 46 countries, plans on centering social emotional learning and connections-based learning by focusing on international events created by the United Nations and other organizations…

“X” Marks the Spot

Audio read by Lynn Thomas I began writing this series a year and a half ago to explore the many considerations we need to contemplate regarding the changes that will occur in the next decade and what our students will need to be successful in that time-frame and beyond. Access, happiness, mental well-being, reflection, patience,…

W is for Wonder

won·der/ˈwəndər/ Audio read by Lynn Thomas noun 1. a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. verb desire or be curious to know something.feel doubt. Wonder is an interesting word full of star-struck awe to curious exploration to inexplicable confusion. More than anything right now, I vacillate amongst…