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I grew up in Alberta and part of my story of becoming Québécois includes the year I spent on the Îles de la Madeleine working as a Language Monitor at the Polyvalente des Îles. In …

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Leveraging Fortnite in Education: What can educators learn from games?

October 3, 2018 – 11:45 am | 2 Comments | 266 views

Fortnite has quickly become all consuming for many of our youngsters in 2018. They play for hours on end, discuss complex strategies at lunch tables, worship the ritualized character “dances”, will do whatever chores you ask …

A blast from the past or back to the future?

May 1, 2018 – 4:22 pm | One Comment | 245 views
Gestetner Rotary Cyclostyle

Some time ago, my past caught up with me and it was both a pleasure and a shock.
In 1968, at the ripe young age of 22, I was a chemistry teacher to a group of …

Vestige du passé ou retour vers le futur?

May 1, 2018 – 4:19 pm | One Comment | 220 views

Il y a quelque temps, mon passé m’a rattrapé et ce fut à la fois un plaisir et un choc.
En 1968, j’enseignais la chimie du haut de mes 22 ans à un groupe d’élèves de …

Curiosity in the (Science) Classroom

January 19, 2015 – 4:48 pm | 2 Comments | 2,750 views

How do you foster true curiosity in your students? Tell us below or by tweeting @learnquebec.
In a recent professional development session, our team of online teachers were learning about and discussing inquiry-based learning. One of …

Authentic experience: Students writing for real audiences

November 11, 2014 – 11:48 am | 4 Comments | 2,615 views

I was a first year teacher writing on the chalkboard, simultaneously trying to keep an eye on a room of rowdy secondary 2 students.  Suddenly, I heard the words that always  make me shudder.  “Sir, …

La ludification d’une classe de FLS

September 24, 2014 – 11:56 am | Comments Off on La ludification d’une classe de FLS2,257 views

L’autre jour, j’écoutais un baladoweb de la série Freakonomics au sujet de la motivation, plus précisément, au sujet de comment éduquer les gens à faire des bons choix en terme de santé et d’obéissance aux …

To Tweet or not To Tweet? Twitter in My Classroom

December 3, 2013 – 4:43 pm | Comments Off on To Tweet or not To Tweet? Twitter in My Classroom3,094 views

Twitter for me? Twitter for my classroom? Is it really possible? I mean Twitter is for finding out what Justin Bieber eats for breakfast or which NHL hockey players are injured for the next game. …

Online PD: Tasters and Takeaways

May 23, 2013 – 10:22 am | Comments Off on Online PD: Tasters and Takeaways1,348 views

 
In early October, I blogged wistfully about my experiences as an online grad student and highlighted a spanking new teacher PD project that we were initiating at LEARN: Web Events.  Each month, an educational topic, …

The Power of Poetry

April 30, 2013 – 10:39 am | 3 Comments | 5,157 views

Crowded Tub
There are too many kids in this tub.
There are too many elbows to scrub.
I just washed a behind that I’m sure wasn’t mine.
There are too many kids in this tub.
– Shel Silverstein
© Shel Silverstein, …

Why Our Schools Need the Arts: A New Perspective

April 3, 2013 – 11:04 am | 2 Comments | 3,397 views

I recently read Why Our Schools Need the Arts by Jessica Hoffman Davis (2008), founder of the  Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Reading this book hot on the heels of Susan …