Part of how I've been describing myself as a teacher is being an educator with a teaching philosophy based on STEM / STEAM curricula, Universal Design for Learning, Emergent Curricula, and Maker-oriented education systems. If I had to say what theories/methods I use the most, I would be taking about aspects of Reggio-Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf, … Continue reading Why a Certification as a Home Educator?
In normal times, we allow a good fifteen minutes of each class for the students to have some engineering play with various building materials. We launch amazing team and group challenges at them, such as, build us a bridge 30cm high out of Kiva Blocks (or Legos, etc…). Or, make a tower as tall as … Continue reading Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – MegaBlocks Needed
Note: This is the term paper I submitted for EDUC 450 (Summer 2020), a class about inclusion and the exceptional child. I am making every effort to properly include all references for any further study you. might wish to pursue. Please feel free to engage with this paper and continue the discussion in our community … Continue reading How to build an exemplary learning environment using Dynamic Classroom Management & Universal Design for Learning
TedTalk Review: The Danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I came across this TedTalk about four years ago while doing research on identity and purpose for this blog. It then came up again as recommendations from the Ted curation managers for topics ranging from powerful marketing practices to ethical branding messages, and … Continue reading Acknowledging the principle of “nkali” and embracing its warnings to build a better classroom
I'm continuing to think out loud here... please feel free to chime in... As you know, I've been considering the branding of my artwork and other creative projects. Arts MPerron doesn't feel like it covers my past creative explorations, much less all the new projects I've got underway. MPerron Creations feels like it encompasses the … Continue reading “Aesthetic Explorations Through Arts & Design”
Let's encourage and support our fellow artists! I recently connected with an inspiring artist and art educator: Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez on LinkedIn. We embraced what social media allows us to continue, where isolation has left us wanting... sharing creative passions! I'd like to share a little of what he shared about himself and his work, … Continue reading Building a Creative Community – Presenting Víctor Mauricio Rodríguez
Wow! What a ride! Gratitude can be achieved in the mindset we choose; in the practice of acknowledging things, experiences, and people we are grateful for; in acknowledging to what we dislike and looking at the other side of the coin at what we do like instead; & in taking time to say thank you. … Continue reading Day 21 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
Is it ungrateful to ask for what you want? Wow, did I ever grab a loaded question and the answers aren't what I expected... Google it and you get some lovely lady not-so-subtly selling her services to increase traffic to your business. This is followed by many definitions of "ingratitude". Perhaps I'm being ungrateful for … Continue reading Day 20 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
When you aren't feeling particularly grateful, but don't want to give into complaining... try acknowledging someone with a simple THANK YOU. Thank you to my regular followers. Everyday, when I see your names pop up, I feel grateful to have you as part of my life-long learning journey. Here's a partial list of the amazing … Continue reading Day 19 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?
Maybe it isn't only about gratitude... Maybe it is about acceptance too. I don't even know what I want to ask right now. I woke thanking the sun for shining through my window and that positive vibe remains around me. I wrote my morning journal and found that my ever-growing and changing list of To … Continue reading Day 17 – What Does Gratitude Feel Like To You?