This blog post is in response to the Thought Vectors activity from the Teacher for Learning module of Ontario Extend. The activity asks us to "Check out The Open Faculty Patchbook, and select an article that resonates with you. Take a passage from the article that grabs you in some way and makes that passage … Continue reading Thought Vectors on Sync Video
With the recent news of Microsoft acquiring Flipgrid and opening it up free for all educators got me thinking that this would make an excellent resource for doing class introductions. Not only does it allow the students to get to know both their instructors and their peers, it also introduces them to a useful piece of … Continue reading Introduce Yourself using Flipgrid
This blog post is in response to "Your Metaphor" from the Teaching for Learning Activity Bank of Ontario Extend. The activity asks us to think of a metaphor for our own teaching and learning experience. My first thought was to use a song metaphor, such as the Dixie Chicks' Wide Open Spaces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dom7VlltBUc or Tom … Continue reading Metaphor for Teaching
This blog post is in response to the Extend Activity "Like Driving a Car". The instructions of the activity are to think of a concept in my discipline that is like driving a car. The idea being that every discipline has "threshold concepts" which are important to achieving mastery in the discipline. The issue that … Continue reading The Expert Blind Spot
This post is in response to the #OExtend bank activity titled WIIFM, or What's in it for me? Being a student who has almost always worked from the perspective of "Learning for the sake of learning" I need to remember that not everybody thinks like I do. Heck, very few people think like I do. … Continue reading What’s in it for Me?
As an instructor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University, Orillia I teach a variety of subjects including Digital Learning and Teaching, Math, and Science. One of the topics that my students struggle with and misunderstand the most is the idea of differentiation. For many Teacher-Candidates differentiation is a box on the lesson plan … Continue reading We Are All Different