Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 2

I posted the initial draft that answered my mentor's guiding questions in yesterday's post: Building a Teaching Philosophy - Part 1. Following some very constructive feedback from here, this is a two page summary of the original information. Note: I'm still working on this and will incorporate other feedback as well. I also asked my … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 2

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 1

My teaching mentor has us going through the process of creating a Teaching Philosophy Statement. She asked a series of guiding questions and this is what I came up with... it's a work in progress and there will be a 2-page summary of it tomorrow. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. _________________________________________________________________ Preamble My teaching philosophy … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 1

A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Last Winter, I was asked to come up with a mural idea for an Elementary school I was doing an internship with. I got very complicated with a university supervisor suggesting I get all the teachers involved, have all the students fill out reflection forms, coordinate a team of other interns, etc... then Covid hit … Continue reading A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Butterfly Garden – Adapting as we go

Butterfly Garden - Adapting as we go. The seeds were planted a couple of weeks ago and a little growth has sprouted. Granted I'm impatient, but I think some stuff just won't grow, so I'm adapting as I go. Little flowers have been sprouting up all over my property, so I'm transplanting them as gently … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Adapting as we go

Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses

The history and legacy of the New Deal arts program is intertwined with the Mexican muralist movement. Its role in the evolution of public art helped define the Americana voice and opened the possibility for an ever-evolving American art scene. The practice of painting murals was present in the USA before FDRs New Deal. The … Continue reading Defining beneficial inconsistencies in pursuit of art for the masses

Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land

II had several odd cedar trees around my property that I wanted to use and tons of rocks uncovered by the plumbers' digging, so I decided to use these to cover a few eyesores next to my house: the air-conditioning unit; a compost bin / leaf dump; and some storage items for the winter garden. … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Re-arranging the land

Butterfly Garden – Transforming damage done by plumbers into something beautiful

In November 2020, I had to make an emergency call to the plumbers to solve a drain back-up issue in my basement. They used their camera and discovered that the old cedar hedge on the side of my house had finally grown roots deep and strong. They broke the sewer pipe taking our waste water … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Transforming damage done by plumbers into something beautiful

Why a Certification as a Home Educator?

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?

Implementing STEAM/STEM Curricula in Covid Times – A Call For Community Help – MegaBlocks Needed

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

How to build an exemplary learning environment using Dynamic Classroom Management & Universal Design for Learning

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