Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?

Teacher training offers lots of great knowledge, but it doesn't always clearly explain the why's for the curricula we follow. Of course studying educational psychology, theory, and philosophy will give to a massive foundation, but what the heck am I supposed to build on it? When you start teaching in a classroom, with or without … Continue reading Why complete a course in Teaching Techniques – Developing Curriculum?

Why complete a course in Instructional Design for Adult Learners?

"There's a massive shortage of teachers all over the world." I keep hearing about this from fellow educators, mentors, business people, and... well, LinkedIn, frankly! What does this really mean? it means that Teachers are in demand, but I also hear that some teachers can't get a contract locally (POV from Montreal, Canada). I had … Continue reading Why complete a course in Instructional Design for Adult Learners?

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

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

Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers

Sticking to my usual goal of recycling as much material as possible, I raked the whole area as flat as possible and used the trunks and branches of the cut-down cedars to make my flower box. I called-out for indigenous seeds (on Facebook) and bought others online. I decided to cover the ground with nutrient … Continue reading Butterfly Garden – Making a bed for the flowers

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

A Visual Reflection on: “The Hayloft” by Rosa Brett – The Autobiography Of A Painting

There is far less information written about Rosa Brett than other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. According to Nunn (1984, 633), it was the intention of the artist to be an outsider of this group. Starting with the use of the masculine pseudonym, Rosarius, to her aversion of socializing with the other members who sought … Continue reading A Visual Reflection on: “The Hayloft” by Rosa Brett – The Autobiography Of A Painting

Self-Portrait Project Seven – Diving Deep Inside

At this point in the explorations, I was feeling a little overwhelmed at how many more I wanted to do. I should say, I let myself get away from the moment of making and lost track of the blank canvas in front of me. I decided to look away from my selfies and look deep … Continue reading Self-Portrait Project Seven – Diving Deep Inside

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?