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February 14, 2020 – 12:30 pm | Comments Off on The Kids Will Be Alright: Slam Poetry Meets English Language Arts421 views

Last spring, I was invited to Laval Senior Academy’s “It’s Complicated”, a vernissage of student visual arts and spoken word performance that blossomed from their partnership with the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and the …

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Drawing a Lesson: Familiarity Breeds Creativity

November 27, 2018 – 4:11 pm | One Comment | 3,209 views

Putting herself in an unfamiliar learning setting, Christiane Dufour experienced first-hand what happens in the “making” process when one is unfamiliar with the materials and the techniques associated with them. It brought home what three …

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

October 3, 2018 – 11:45 am | 2 Comments | 1,837 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 | 619 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 | 522 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 | 3,642 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 | 3,615 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 FLS2,928 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 Classroom3,456 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 Takeaways1,668 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 | 5,641 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, …