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,…

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…

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…

R is for Reflection

Mirror, mirror, on the wall... Audio read by Lynn Thomas 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…

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…