Social Media, Teens, and Moderation

I recently shared this infographic courtesy of Common Sense Media with my class...and an interesting discussion occurred. When I asked if there were any surprises in these results the only overwhelming outlier was that the given value of 46% of parents worrying too much about their youth's social media was "too high". When we explored … Continue reading Social Media, Teens, and Moderation

Gratitude for…the ski hill? (it’s not what you think)

It has been a terrific early season of skiing at our local haunt, Whitewater Ski Resort (FYI: it's not really a resort since it doesn't have any onsite accommodations, but perhaps this is just a detail.). The snow has been steady with (by historical standards) somewhat balmy temperatures (courtesy of global warming) with there not … Continue reading Gratitude for…the ski hill? (it’s not what you think)

Taking Stock: Joy In Review

Well, I'm officially four months into my new position. The experience, overwhelming. The learning curve, enormous. The self-induced level of pressure, palpable. The fear of so, what's next, ever-present. Among the singularly memorable moments of joy and compassion, and connection and care this fall, the classroom also experienced episodes of frustration, fear, anger, and futility. … Continue reading Taking Stock: Joy In Review

Teaching for the Future: What Little Choice Do We Have?

At a recent workshop that focused on Inclusion, I was reminded of the latest World Economic Forum Future of Jobs Report that was published in 2016. I share this post in order to call to our attention the continual shift; as a reminder of the real purpose of public education in our society today. Education is … Continue reading Teaching for the Future: What Little Choice Do We Have?

Knowing Thy Learning Environment: Learners’ Perspectives

I think that I'm starting to get it. No, seriously. I am. I am starting to recognize the importance of knowing and understanding the place in which you learn (formally that is). Our amazing learning support teacher recently asked a group of  Grade 6 aged students what makes Wildflower School a bit unique. This is … Continue reading Knowing Thy Learning Environment: Learners’ Perspectives

Capturing What They Bring: Inclusive Education

In special education, there's too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength.Temple GrandinA Somewhat Subtle Shifthttps://youtu.be/PQgXBhPh5ZoShelley Moore is an inclusion-educational consultant in Vancouver, BC. With a YouTube channel and newly minted podcast (available from your favourite podcast provider), Moore has hit the road and worked in several public and private jurisdictions. … Continue reading Capturing What They Bring: Inclusive Education

Know Thy Employee: The Millennial Educator

While nearly two years old, this interview featuring Simon Sinek is one of my all-time favourites. One question and Sinek is out of the gate! He sheds much enlightenment on millennials (age demographic born between 1984-2002) and their purpose-seeking motivation. Sinek also argues that many companies today are not equipped to support them and a … Continue reading Know Thy Employee: The Millennial Educator