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Montessori-Based Learning for Life

During class this week, we culminated an entire semester of exploring the complex and yet mysterious diagnosis of dementia. From the “felt” perspective of formal and informal caregivers, right through to the “felt” experience of people living with the diagnosis… one thing is for sure: If you’ve met one person with dementia, you’ve met one person with dementia. Back in 2007, I won a lottery draw for the opportunity to participate in a 2-day training on Montessori-based programming for dementia […]

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Baking up Something Surprising in the Classroom

The final activity for Module 1: Teacher for Learning in the eCampus Ontario mOOC is to explore my metaphor for teaching. I am a fairly new teacher with so much to learn. Teaching is no piece of cake, but the classroom is kind of like my kitchen. I am a horrible baker. My kids know this; They know better than to expect to come home from school to mom’s freshly baked cookies and pastries from scratch. Every once in awhile […]

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I’ll only drive from the passenger seat…

As part of the Ontario Extend mOOC “Teacher for Learning” module, I am tasked with identifying a concept in my discipline that is like driving a car. You know… fully understanding those threshold concepts that create that blind spot for you as an expert. Teaching about person-centered approach in dementia care is kind of like driving a car (but from the passenger seat and with trust and patience). When we consider people to be the expert drivers in their own […]

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“What’s in it for me?”

In response to mOOC Extend Activity “WIIFM” Module 1. “What’s in it for me?” As a fairly new teacher, I am learning that students often question why they need to know about some of the concepts that I’m teaching them. The courses that I teach are considered to be General Education courses, however there are many reasons why these courses align with students’ respective programs. Like teaching, as a parent you sometimes have to step into the role of a […]

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I Brought my Umbrella to Class…

Here I am… extending away! My first activity for the Ontario Extend mOOC has me reflecting on the role of language in dementia care. “Alzheimer’s Disease” and “Dementia.” These are terms which are often used interchangeably in my discipline. During week one of my Hyflex Dementia course this semester, I asked students what comes to mind when they hear the word “dementia.” My initial intent was to simply begin the conversation around dementia… after all, it seems to be so […]

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A Lesson on Mistreatment and Listening to Understand

When a simple connection activity bombs… you roll with the resistance and connect anyways. So… this happened while teaching this week… This week in our class, we were tasked with exploring the different types of mistreatment and forms of abuse commonly reported amongst older adults. For our connection activity, the class was divided into two groups. Group A went into hallway while Group B remained in the classroom. Group A was instructed to return to the classroom and pair up […]

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Prototypes… Not Failures

I haven’t posted in a bit… but I am loving course development! I have had some experience over the years in planning some community-based psychoeducational groups and courses, but this is definitely a new learning adventure… I know how I’ve made my own learning “work” for me early on as a University student… it’s basically just memorizing and regurgitating info (content conveyance…  Hmm… if I could just sound smart and trick the teacher). Realistically, this wasn’t true learning for me. […]

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OCD Awareness Week

SO… last week was International OCD Awareness Week. I had been wanting to write something for my blog, but kept pushing it a day… 2 days… 3 days back. I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to say, and in what way to convey my message. OCD is so incredibly misunderstood. Although I am late for the official awareness week, am I really? When it comes down to spreading awareness about this unbelieveably agonizing disorder, here is what I can […]

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So… I did this thing…

I was recently offered an incredible opportunity. I’ve been tasked with developing an entire course on health and wellness coaching! Whaaat?! This amazing opportunity to develop learning outcomes (and then eventually developing course content)… is MY opportunity? And students get a choice as to how and when they learn!? Delving deep into the world of Hyflex learning has been an interesting one so far… For me, it is somewhat uncharted waters. I know what I love as an asynchronous graduate […]

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