This September, I return to the classroom after taking a year away. The decision to step away from the classroom was not an easy one. Uncertain as to whether or not education was the right path for me, I took a risk, a leap of faith, stepping away to explore and learn about myself both … Continue reading She Returns!
DISCLAIMER: Streaming and Integration both have value, I only aim to offer a different perspective and begin a conversation about how best to meet the needs of all our students. Should we invest resources into streamed programs, as a way to more effectively target our intervention efforts? There has been a constant be tug-a-war of … Continue reading To Stream or not to Stream?
How do we know if it has stuck? The driving force behind each decision made for our students is the hope that beyond a surface understanding, that students find value and meaning in what they are learning, and that the lessons learned nurture the whole child. The current shift in education, moving away from content … Continue reading When it Sticks…
This year I am teaching the grade 6/7 intensive literacy program. Each one of my kids struggles significantly with reading and writing, and the traditional classroom approach has thus far not worked for them. Along with focusing a large portion of our time on literacy... my goals of the year focus on... Rebuilding confidence, by offering opportunity … Continue reading “Hey, No Stress” – Living Motto
If you are like me, and feeling as though you have lost yourself in the mess, there is no time like the present to start the search, to rediscover who you are and reignite the fire within... I finished my first year of teacher walking the picket lines with my colleagues, experiencing first hand the … Continue reading Reignite the fire…
This post is long overdue...but here it is... "You WILL feel UNCOMFORTABLE" It may sound strange that the one statement I needed to hear, to settle my nerves as I began my residency stay at Royal Roads, was that I would feel UNCOMFORTABLE. "Feeling uncomfortable means you are in a place to learn" My Residency stay … Continue reading “You WILL feel UNCOMFORTABLE…”
This is a wonderful video discussing some ideas about what it takes to be an effective Leader (Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader) Video Link HERE Some points that stood out for me: 1. 'Shape your future, don't just react to it' - Don't be a 'head down leader' but instead … Continue reading Video Share: What it takes to be a Great Leader
Over the past couple months I have participated in a "Critical Thinking Dinner Series"' hosted by Surrey's own Stefan Stipp - a discussion based workshop looking closely at creating 'critical challenges' and scaffolding the development of critical thinking skills into everyday classroom activities. Check out The Critical Thinking Consortium for more resources and ideas. The tools of … Continue reading Critical Thinking Challenges!
I recently started reading the high acclaimed "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. As I am about to start reading about the 'first habit' Covey makes a point to suggest that I, the reader, read with the purpose to share what I am learning... and then to recognize how that shift in … Continue reading “Read as a teacher”
The power of 'tone'.... Tone of voice.. an element of communication that can often be lost or misconstrued, whether that be through the use of devices or during face to face conversations. Tone, whether we like it or not greatly influences a conversation - it can be used as a a tool to convey empathy … Continue reading Don’t take that tone with me…
"Be a Duck" "Be a Duck.." A metaphor...how to handle all that life throws at you - A ducks waxy feathers allow them to sit in the rain without really getting wet... the water just slides off. Stress, emotions, expectations, … Continue reading Be a Duck… let it go
Last night, I was one of 4 "IGNITE" speakers at the monthly Digital Learning Series Dinner hosted by the Surrey School District. I am calling this "My Debut into School District 36" and although there are things I would definitely change and improve on - like slowing down and remembering to breathe....I am proud of myself and … Continue reading My Debut…
Just as other forms of art & expression deserve time, patience and practice, so does... the art of conversation Disclaimer... I am the first to vouch for the value of technology and social media in allowing us to make and maintain connections with others, this post is merely to express my recent reconnect with face … Continue reading The Art of Conversation…
I am now just over 2 months into my very first 'official teaching position'.... I find that when I am reunited with a colleague, a friend or a family member the same question is asked.. So... how are things going so far? There is no simple way to describe my current emotional or mental state. The … Continue reading Reuniting with my Passion…
As fast as my adventures as a Teacher on call began, they came to an end... Last Tuesday I started my first day as a 0.80 French and LST teacher. These past 2 weeks have been a blur, memorizing the names of my 5 french classes & LST students... assessing and coding my kindergarten kidlets... … Continue reading Well, its happened…
I laughed at the irony of sitting in a workshop on self regulation ... ON my iPad tweeting away... sharing my learning, to then see a rule that so clearly dictates student use of their technology... Before entering my education degree I was really torn about where I saw technology fitting in the classroom. I … Continue reading Technology, Education, & Trust
The adventure continues from here... I am proud to say I am now officially a member of the Surrey School District 🙂 I have been fortunate enough to meet and converse with many SD36 staff on many occasions ... ConnectEd Canada and other PRO 'D sessions and even the world of twitter. It is because of … Continue reading Employee number and all!
While enjoying my early morning Starbucks soy chia latte this morning... I continue my reading of .....The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies To Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind - by Daniel am Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson...When I come across the phrase "foster self understanding" ... I begin to think.... We give opportunity for students … Continue reading Understanding Self
Take a moment and reflect... When was the last time you visited your neighbour? Or a classroom at the opposite end of the school? When was the last time you asked a coworker what are they were up to with their class? Inspiration can be found right next door... A conversation could be had that … Continue reading Inspiration found within the walls of your own school
I am starting to breathe ....time to slow down, to breathe and to reflect. Growth - in my students, in myself --- and our plants. I smile... those amazing 'ah ha!' moments, when it finally clicked - connection made! Seeing that light bulb go off, over coming an obstacle, a moment where the lessons became … Continue reading Growth..
Connect Ed Canada ... I was surround by passionate educators, welcoming me with open arms, into their world of learning... Connect Ed Canada ... A weekend full of thought provoking conversation, collaborating, and sharing. As a student teacher I often struggle being in a stage of transition, and if you know me at all you … Continue reading ConnectEdCanada
A powerful statement made by Joe Bower in a session focused on rethinking "discipline" has resonated with me all weekend...And has made me rethink my own practice and experiences.. "When a student walks in not knowing how to read, we teach them to read... When a student walks in not knowing how to behave or … Continue reading My “ah ha!” moment….
Blog post inspired by an amazingly mind stimulating workshop on "Leading an Innovative Culture" lead by George Couros My thoughts... Historically the idea of "failure" has been seen as an end, a path of no return - a black hole we feared approaching. Today we have begun to challenge this view, recognizing the learning that … Continue reading Risk Taking – “the lone nut”
A current event has left my grappling with the idea of 'teacher neutrality'. Below is a letter I submitted... expressing my concern with a parking lot proposal put forward, triggering further inquiry into teachers as a neutral subject. Dear Public... I am writing to express my distress, as a I see another attack to Bear … Continue reading ‘neutral’ teachers – Protect Bear Creek Park
Coping with change, managing all aspects of life. The true act of balancing. This week, I faced my toughest obstacle, attempting to balance my learning life with my personal life. Managing grief while working through my practicum, I authentically experienced the power of a support system, and of self awareness. I recognized the value of … Continue reading Clarence Johnson.
First and foremost I have a confession to make ... The only plant I have ever successfully grown was basil - and that was out of a can... on the sill of my bedroom window (where it currently lives as it is only a couple months old!) I have always had a passion for environmental … Continue reading Garden Based Learning!
Tomorrow is the day I have been waiting for...For the next 10 weeks I will be fully submersed in the classroom. Teaching and observing, soaking up as much information as I can... Am I nervous.. HOLY HECK YES -- BUT each moment is a learning moment. I have the support of the most amazing friends … Continue reading The time has come…
As many of you may know, I love conferences and professional development..... LOVE. I hunger for professional development.... crave case studies and am absolutely reenergized by networking! Most recently I attended the BCTF-NTC: British Columbia's Teachers Federations, New Teachers Conference where I was exposed to a whirl wind of new ideas and met some amazing … Continue reading Professional Development 🙂
Empathy.... Empathy - A deep understanding and acknowledgment that all citizens of this world, creatures and environment included deserve a life of happiness. Empathy rooted in action and compassion recognizes that peaceful cooperation & collaboration will only succeed if we as individuals live and work for the well-being of the global society. Empathy so often … Continue reading Educating the Heart ❤
Mind Blown by MindUp! Working to build mindfulness, emotional intelligence and resilience in students! Ah HOW INSPIRING! Today I had the incredible opportunity to be trained in MindUp - a curriculum rooted in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) which aims to help students understand how their minds work and how emotions impact their learning MindUp infuses … Continue reading Mind Blown by MindUp
As I enter into my 2nd B.Ed semester I find myself here playing 'bloggers catch up', a repercussion of being swept away by semester final projects and swallowed easily by the relaxation that the holidays brought. 2012.. What an amazing year, ... graduated university... explored 12 European countries, where jumped out of a cable car in … Continue reading Bloggers Catch Up
"In order to care for nature we have to know it, and to know it we have to experience it" - Stacy Curriculum Connections! It is all about interdisciplinary lessons! Your garden is your CO-Teacher! Community gardens have the potential to reconnect students with nature. For some students nature and gardens are an abstract/foreign concept … Continue reading Community Garden Workshop Series #2
Have you been thinking Green today? Thanks to an amazing professional day session I attended back in October, I was introduced to this idea of "green thoughts" or "positive thoughts". I took this idea and integrated it into my year citizenship and RAK'ing project...Who doesn't love random acts of Kindness! I put together a bucket … Continue reading Green Thoughts!
Over the past 2 weeks I have been fully submersed into the world of teaching as I made my way through my two week practicum. I have been finding it extremely challenging to fully sum and explain my two week practicum experience, every day I took away something new - in hindsight blogging after every … Continue reading Submersed in Learning
Moving through my most recent stage of life, I find that I am being shifted more and more towards living a green and sustainable life style, and reconnecting with my environment. I have always been a little bit of a tree hugger, loving the outdoors doing anything from a camping to beach clean ups! BUT … Continue reading Community Garden Workshop Series #1
This weeks 'Thursday Practicum' was needed... I find that I am in constant state of soul searching, emotions running ramped - what to do with my life, what am I meant to do... AH!!! Being in the classroom this week reaffirmed why I am in the BEd program... to be a positive role model for … Continue reading “Our Sunshine”
As I transition into this new and unknown stage of life... becoming a teacher, I find that I am often overwhelmed with the reality that I have the potential to greatly influence the mind and childhood experience of a young person. To be honest... It is a little (extremely) terrifying... I know I will make … Continue reading Advice Needed
Today I had an opportunity to experience first hand the challenges of being a TOC. You are entering a class to which you have very a very limited time to create a connection and teach a lesson. I found my "protective momma bear instinct" kicking in as my students struggled to grasp the math concept … Continue reading Responsive Lesson Planning
Today was my first day as an official member of a Grade 3 class, it will be my permanent home! I observed a conundrum of teaching.... Being consistent while simultaneously being flexible. Consistency in language -- "respect your learning"... "gathering place". When teaching a lesson that spreads over more than one day using consistent terms will bridge the … Continue reading Consistently Flexible
What a fantastic day! Grade 7s, P.E, Science, Soccer time at lunch with my grade 3s...AND after school Zumba with the staff! It was just so lovely to be back in the school, real authentic experiential learning. HOLY Grade 7 compared to grade 3... what a difference! Allowing for independent and collaborative work act as … Continue reading The Dalzell Dance!
Reality has hit...my adventure has truly begun! Today I entered my practicum school not only as a student, but as a preservice teacher. I could feel eyes full of curiosity on me, as Mrs Williams introduced me, "Ms Dalzell" to her 3rd grade students...I was to become a member of their class. Thanks to a … Continue reading Ms Dalzell…