Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Five: Do I include a teaching story?

In my last post (Part Four), I shared my most recent Teaching philosophy and my concerns about the length and potentially repetitious content... I'm weighing the pros and cons of what adding more to mine might be and would love your feedback. First, this addition would bring the whole thing to be longer than three … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Five: Do I include a teaching story?

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Four – Open to criticism & feedback.

See Part Three for the previous reflections... I guess the subtitle could be: "How the heck do I make this more concise and still keep the passion I feel about it?" So, I started the new semester on January 5th, 2022... dove into teaching my high school classes online with the help of my amazing … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Four – Open to criticism & feedback.

Painting out an Inspiration – T’Hed: dry pastels

See T'Hed: Pencil outline for previous reflections... I was really uncertain of the colour pallet I wanted to land on and felt the need to play with options and finishes at the same time. I really just wanted a glimpse of what colour might do. I've been experimenting with dry and oil pastels throughout the … Continue reading Painting out an Inspiration – T’Hed: dry pastels

Painting out an Inspiration – T’Hed: Pencil outline

This past week I decided it was time... let me rephrase that; I decided I needed to start making some art and the T'Hed project needed to get started. In my mind, I'm still experimenting with materials and design, so I am allowing myself to to take impulsive risks and then change them as I … Continue reading Painting out an Inspiration – T’Hed: Pencil outline

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty

See T'Hed Nineteen for previous reflections... As mentioned in the previous post, I am pursuing the answer to my question: can I make mature art with children's materials? The challenges of using crayons on card stock don't seem to be prohibitive. I'm starting to think that it might be in my head. Of course I … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Nineteen

It's been a couple of weeks since I made any art, because I've been trying to get ready for the new semester of teaching, but that is a whole different topic for another post... let's talk inspiration for this development instead. See T'Hed Eighteen for previous progressions... First, I found a small stack of white … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Nineteen

Why complete a course on Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences

First, this was an excellent refresher regarding how to build engaging and meaningful learning experiences. The key point is being a student-centred educator. INCLUDE your students... make them the centre of every choice and method of delivery. It is all about them, not you! Start by being aware of your own biases: we are who … Continue reading Why complete a course on Creating Inclusive Learning Experiences

Why complete a course on Google Docs Essential Training

I can again thank COVID for motivating me to take this course NOW... I have been told to teach online until the restrictions are lifted... this past two years have taught us that we are best to be prepared for that to be a moving target. Regardless, the schools I've taught at and the university … Continue reading Why complete a course on Google Docs Essential Training

Why complete a course on Google Forms Essential Training

The short answer is COVID! More and more our lives are including an online component. Google has given teachers, students, and pretty much everyone an amazing set of tools that are incredibly user-friendly and intuitive to use. For my needs as an Art Specialist, I need engaging and interactive presentation tools! Apple products are still … Continue reading Why complete a course on Google Forms Essential Training

Why complete a course on The Key to Good Communication: Your Audience

In previous posts you've heard me say that knowing your students is the key to being a great teacher! There better you understand their personal experiences, the more you will be able to tweak your teaching approaches to help them on their learning progress. Teaching isn't about giving information; it is all about guiding your … Continue reading Why complete a course on The Key to Good Communication: Your Audience