When I think about the general characteristics of the students who take my online ENG4C class, my learners: Struggle with task completion Struggle with goal-setting Struggle with time management Lead nearly adult lives Are studying independently from their parents Do you have learners like that?  How would you generally characterize your reluctant learners?  When I […]

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The UGDSB hosts its educators and leadership team at a 30 hour conference filled with keynotes, colleague workshops and of course, networking! This year the theme is to ignite our innovation in education. Here is the full story told in the tweets of the conference. https://storify.com/banana29/ugignite15-starting-the-school-year-with-a-blast Here is my presentation in full: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1H8h6NAig92OrXF8qXG2ADG74vVAh8aFVvXZ2Q3RShHU/edit?usp=sharing …and here […]

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This week I’ve been attending the Connect conference in Niagara Falls for the first time and as a representative of the Ontario School Library Association Council.  It also gives me a chance to speak about my M.Ed. capping paper on how teacher-librarians are in the ideal position to facilitate transliteracy. I mean, we really do […]

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I need to start off this blog post by once again speaking to the imbalance I experience in blogging itself.  Try as I might, I sometimes take years to process an experience or a reading and I find it really challenging to write regularly.  Today is no exception and I’d like to revisit an experience […]

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My White Pine book club is growing stale. The same few students join every year (which is awesome) but I’m not reaching as far as I’d like to in my secondary school of 1200 students. So I’m trying an additional book club this year in a different format. The book I’ve chosen is “This Dark […]

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