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Irene Stewart

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Textbook Reading: You’re doing it wrong!

Reading to Learn Active reading is a planned, deliberate set of strategies to engage with text-based materials with the purpose of increasing your understanding. This is a key skill you need to master for college. Along with listening, it is the primary method for absorbing new ideas and information in college. But active reading also applies to and facilitates the other steps of the learning cycle; it is critical for preparing, capturing, and reviewing, too. In college, most professors do […]

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Dear 17-year-old Irene

It’s August 9, 1982, and you, my younger self, are feeling pretty good! You are registered at C.K.S.S. for your grade 12 year. No more Christian High School! You have hated the majority of the last three years. That whole “you can’t take Economics, you have to take Home Economics” fiasco was the last straw. You have your schedule and you are truly excited about going to school. A fresh start with people who don’t suck. Brace yourself. Seriously, sit […]

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Inspired: Art & Science of teaching

Is teaching an art or a science? This is the question of today’s Daily Extend. The challenge is to find an artist and a scientist that represents some part of your own personal practice. In this reflection, I give you Sarah Bernhardt, sculptor, and Katherine Johnson, mathematician. Sarah Bernhardt Sarah Bernhardt was a famous French actor. While pursuing a very public acting career, she also pursued sculpting. She studied both the craft and other disciplines such as anatomy (Moura, 2017). […]

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100 days of Daily Extend

100 days ago, I started an adventure with Ontario Extend and created my first Daily Extend. This was the beginning of building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) as an educator in the post secondary arena in Ontario. Here’s what happened: In case you are interested, here is my first tweet. @ontarioextend Upon successful completion of Ontario Extend, the Dragaera wheel will be able to turn. #oextend #extendwest #longlivevladtaltos — Irene Stewart (@IrenequStewart) April 26, 2018

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You are more than your work: General Education Course Requirements

I submit that we create a problem for students with the language we use for General Education course requirements in the college arena. We call them Electives. The term Electives gives students the impression that these courses are optional, that they are not important and that these courses do not deserve the same attention as students’ vocational courses. Many faculty reinforce this idea with the way they think and speak about the place electives have in their program. In the […]

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Peeking under the cover

The idea of having a space of my own on the internet is compelling but also daunting. There is so much to know and too much I don’t know. But in the last three weeks, I have had a chance to peek under the cover and learn about how I can have a digital identity that I control. Early on in my professional development involvement with OntarioExtend, I was offered a Reclaim Hosting site and I said “maybe.” I had […]

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We’ve Moved!

I started this blog as part of my summer professional development program with Ontario Extend. I am pleased to report that I have become an Extender4Life and now have a Domain of One’s Own. This is my own little home away from home on the interwebs: https://procaffination.ca/ The posts in this blog have been migrated to my blog subdomain: https://largecoffeewfourcreams.procaffination.ca/ Please come visit me there! Featured image: Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash

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One minute video

The Ontario Extend‘s Daily Extend #oext247 asks us to make an One Minute Video about an aspect of our practice. Mine is a bit more tell than show but I created a one minute video on what to do when you realize that you have a test tomorrow. I love the Emergency Test Preparation Strategy on the Study Guides and Strategies which is based on George Miller’s 1956 The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two. The strategy asks students […]

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Lurking in #HEdigid

On Friday, July 13, 2018, I participated in my first slow twitter chat with Higher Education Digital Identity (a.k.a. #HEdigID) Chat. Once a month, on the second Friday, the assigned host, in this case @SuzanKoseoglu, posts 6 questions and the conversation usually continues over 24 hours. A transcript of the first 24 hours is collected and posted. I experienced my first slow chat and my first twitter storm. A slow chat, unlike twitter chats that are scheduled over a one hour period, […]

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