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June 5, 2018 – 9:03 pm | One Comment | 469 views

This year, I had the opportunity to work directly and almost daily with the online teaching team at LEARN. My job: to facilitate and guide (heaven help them!) the design, development and delivery of our …

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Singing the Grade School Blues

April 19, 2017 – 9:33 am | 2 Comments | 821 views

When I was about twelve years old I was flipping through my parent’s record collection and came across B.B. King ‎– Live In Cook County Jail, an album cover faded and textured like prison denim.
From …

Getting Started with Makerspaces: LEARN’s STEAM challenges

April 5, 2017 – 2:33 pm | 4 Comments | 1,150 views

At LEARN we’ve been reflecting on how best to increase student engagement in school, as it has been closely linked with academic achievement and students’ perceptions of their ability to succeed. One of our initiatives …

Feedback Fridays with LEARN Tutoring

March 23, 2017 – 10:56 am | Comments Off on Feedback Fridays with LEARN Tutoring934 views
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LEARN Tutoring has gone through a major transformation in the last year and a half.  Several substantial changes were made, all with the goals of improving, and having more students/families take advantage of, our service – …

The Power of Words: Dismantling the fixed mindset

February 22, 2017 – 10:34 am | One Comment | 1,443 views

If you believe, “It’s hard for me to learn new things,” “I’m not good with science,” “I’m not a natural dancer,” “I’m not creative,” “I’m a pessimist,” you’re probably living with a fixed mindset. Such a mindset locks your abilities in place, …

Myth busting – Teaching to discriminate fake science from real science

February 16, 2017 – 10:08 am | 13 Comments | 1,316 views

When I was a teenager I remember my mother, herself a research scientist at the time, advising me that it was not how much science you knew that was important. Rather it was how to …

Teacher Appreciation – Always! Every! Totally! Extraordinary!

February 10, 2017 – 8:29 am | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – Always! Every! Totally! Extraordinary!1,458 views

When reading report cards or rubrics, we have learned to look for the qualifiers that come before a description of the child’s work.  We know that if we see OCCASIONALLY instead of ALWAYS, the teacher …

Teacher Appreciation – Connections That Count

February 8, 2017 – 2:30 pm | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – Connections That Count1,300 views

The teachers highlighted here, in the second of three Teacher and School Staff Appreciation posts this February, have clearly connected with their students, the families, their colleagues and the school communities. The importance of building …

Teacher Appreciation – GO TEAM!!!

February 7, 2017 – 12:31 pm | Comments Off on Teacher Appreciation – GO TEAM!!!1,391 views

Happy Teacher Appreciation Time 2017!
Depending on your school or school board, Quebec Teacher and School Staff Appreciation week is celebrated the week of either February 5 or February 12 – or even better, both! …

Christmas Comes Early with Canada’s PISA results

December 13, 2016 – 12:12 pm | One Comment | 1,377 views

PISA who? Canada on the rise in what? Christmas has come early where? One of the top countries in math, science and reading? Does this have anything to do with Santa? What does this all mean? …

Productive Failure in Science Learning

November 22, 2016 – 5:14 pm | 6 Comments | 3,337 views

Has this ever happened to you? Some time ago I was putting together a bathroom cabinet kit following the Ikea instructions as carefully as I could. When I was close to completion, having struggled and …