Why Complete a Diploma in Forest Schooling?

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?

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 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)

Why complete my certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)?

I can authentically say that I continually develop & increase my skills to become the best teacher I can. Every new course, seminar, certificate, and/or diploma helpmeet me combat my self-described imposter syndrome. This last giant volley of learning has served to do much more... it has given me multi-perspective revisions of what I have … Continue reading Why complete my certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)?

Why complete a course on Learning To Teach Online

Hand-in-hand with learning about Google Classroom, I am now accepting (mostly) the reality that all my future teaching/learning will be at the very least a blend of in-person & online courses. Teaching in elementary, high school, or adult learners won't change this fact; online is here to stay. I need to embrace it and learn … Continue reading Why complete a course on Learning To Teach Online

Why complete a course on Learning Google Classroom

The very quick answer that allows you to fill in your own reasons I: COVID! Over the last two years I have been subjected to a trial by fire approach to learning how to teach and learn online. My teachers, mentors, and me... all fumbling patiently (mostly) through a digital world we never really thought … Continue reading Why complete a course on Learning Google Classroom

Why complete a course in Developing a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program (Teaching)

Aside from the fact that I desire to teach to all my students' individual needs, there is the reality is that I need to become aware of those needs and seek tools that help me see past my own experiences (subjectivity) to actively & authentically listen to theirs (objectivity). In modern teacher training, there's a … Continue reading Why complete a course in Developing a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program (Teaching)

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