How to Thoroughly Frustrate Teachers

Step 1: Assign teachers to work on solving a problem related to the field of education

Step 2: Tell them that their problem needs to be solved from an overall policy view versus on a small scale in our individual classrooms

Step 3: Say that this problem is actually impossible to solve, there are only good bad solutions Continue reading “How to Thoroughly Frustrate Teachers”


Sketchnoting & Blended Learning

At the GREAT 16 Conference, not only did I present my poster, but I also attended two sessions put on by the year 2 students. The first was on sketchnoting, the second on blended learning. From those sessions, I gained a couple of ideas about what I want to do for next year in my classroom. Continue reading “Sketchnoting & Blended Learning”

#GREAT16 Conference Presentation

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Logo Design by Alyssa Kaye Parker, Author of Flora and the Fern

I have never presented at a conference before. Until Thursday, July 14, 2016. This was the day of the GREAT 16 Conference put on by the year two MAET (Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology) students. I have to say, I was quite nervous. I’ve never enjoyed presenting in front of my peers. A group of 10 year olds? Sure, no problem! But my peers? No thanks! Continue reading “#GREAT16 Conference Presentation”

How the Internet is Changing the Way I Think

In 2010, The Edge posed a question, “How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think?” In class we were divided into groups, and were assigned to read one of the responses.  Our next step was to present to our classmates on our assigned response, sharing the different ways that each of the authors believed the internet was changing the way they thought, and come up with implications for education. While this was a valuable experience, we we never truly talked about  how the internet was changing us, as people, beyond the teaching implications. Here is how the internet has changed the way
I think. Continue reading “How the Internet is Changing the Way I Think”

What’s On Your Mind? Changing Mindsets of Teachers

“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80.  It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.” ~The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who

Though Doctor Who is a fantasy show, there are some valuable life lessons to be found in it, this being one of them.  Your outlook on life affects what you can do with it.  No one really knows exactly how much time they have, so why waste it being stuck in the same place?  Too many teachers are stuck doing what they’ve already done because they know it works, or works well enough.  I myself have found myself doing nothing more than repeat similar style language arts lessons because it worked last time and I don’t have the time or energy to come up with anything better.  When did education and teaching come to this?  Why don’t teachers ever try coming up with anything new? Continue reading “What’s On Your Mind? Changing Mindsets of Teachers”

Learning & Understanding

There are many technical definitions of learning, such as one found on which states learning is “knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.” Here is my definition, which is based on the book How People Learn (2000).  Learning is the process by which we acquire knowledge and store it for future use.  In a classroom setting, this takes place during class sessions in which knowledge and facts are told to students through a multitude of mediums, and students are expected to be able to recall and use this knowledge at a later date, typically in the form of a test or project.  Understanding, however, is a very different concept.  Understanding involves not only being able to recall facts and information, but connect this information with other information and use it in a way that makes sense. Novices have the facts, but not the understanding, while experts have the understanding of what this information means.  Experts are typically able to take new facts/ideas and fit it into the patterns that they have already noticed or experimented with as they were learning their base knowledge (National Research Council, 2000). It’s important to keep in mind that experts can be novices in other areas outside of their expertise. Continue reading “Learning & Understanding”