Why complete a diploma in Mobile Digital Photography

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

Getting Back on The Horse – Where to start?

It feels like months since I've written anything personal and made any personal artwork. All my mind, time, and energy has been dedicated to teaching and finishing my BFA Specialization in Art Education & Teaching License. My overthinking and imposter syndrome fiercely kicking in during evaluations, which went over with great responses from my mentors … Continue reading Getting Back on The Horse – Where to start?

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.

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

Why complete a course in Maker Spaces in Education

Years ago in m y role of consultant, I was privileged to be introduced to discovery-based pedagogy called The Reggio-Emelia Approach. This experiential learning method of teaching has become the foundation of my teaching philosophy and it is part of why I decided to get my teaching licence as an art specialist: it permits me … Continue reading Why complete a course in Maker Spaces in Education

Why complete a course on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)

First let me tell you that this was a huge revelation to me! While I have been using this method to lesser degrees for years, I never knew how deeply logical this could be to use when designing inclusive lessons for diversified classrooms. It gives us a clear and easy starting point (on almost any … Continue reading Why complete a course on Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)