Get in really close and see what has been happening to the trunk of this old tree... bug burrowing and pursued by clever woodpeckers... racoons and squirrels ripping off the back to get something beneath... moss, mold, and fungi slowly decomposing the tree and adding their creative ouches of colour to the composition... 've been … Continue reading Under the Greyness – A Photo Safari in 2022
One of the big things these last two years of teaching has taught me is that mobile devices are here to stay and are very much ubiquitous elements in our students' lives; they MUST be part of all curricular design considerations from now on! My students, be they secondary or elementary age almost uniformly come … Continue reading Why complete a diploma in Mobile Digital Photography
Teaching is an ongoing learning process... at least that's how I've chosen to experience this amazing career! I'm always looking for more tools, methods, and ideas to enhance the learning experience of my students. Being dedicated to offering cross-curricular experiences, I look for ways to get out of the traditional classroom. What better way than … Continue reading Why Complete a Diploma in Forest Schooling?
I'm not complaining, but it's been a struggle to get creative lately; I have lists and post-its full of ideas, but just don't feel like making them happen. Well, that's not entirely true... I lack the motivation to make them happen. Instead, I find myself filling the creative emptiness with TV, retail therapy, reading (sadly, … Continue reading Creative Block – Let Inspiration find you
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?
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.
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
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
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
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