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The Flop of the Pineapple Project

This is post #3 for the 9x9x25 Challenge!  I read about this phenomenal idea called the Pineapple Chart on Cult of Pedagogy’s blog. Follow Jennifer here on Twitter, too! In a nutshell, the Pineapple Chart has five columns along the top labeled Monday to Friday. The rows are labelled down the side into half hour sections, periods or chunks of the day. Teachers can write their name and the topic of any lessons that week that they are open to […]

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Curating Content using OER

Finding the right OER to curate content for your course reminds me of shopping at Winners. You have to have patience to wade through all of the items, and if you are patient enough you might just find the perfect article of clothing (or OER for your course)! This semester I will be teaching students compare and contrast essay writing. My Community and Justice Service students will visit 2-3 prisons in Ontario and then they must compare their observations at […]

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Finding The Perfect Image

This is a post in response to the Extend Activity 1 in the Curator Module of Ontario Extend. Finding the perfect image isn’t easy, and a layer of complexity is added when searching for creative commons images. A few years ago I might use an image I found in a Google search because it is exactly what I wanted without any regard for the copyright indicated on the image or the owner’s website. Why? I don’t know really… because I […]

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Professional Development for the 21st Century Educator

This is my second post for the 9x9x25 challenge for Ontario Extend by eCampus Ontario. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash I love professional development — really, really, really love professional development. I love learning new things. I love meeting new colleagues. I love sharing my own challenges, failures and successes in the classroom. Professional development is meant to help you continue to step up (or Level Up!) your teaching game and continue growing as an educator. One thing that […]

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Content Curation: On the Bandwagon of Open

This post is in response to the Ontario Extend Curator module Extend Activity “What’s your definition of content curation?” The best definition I found for the word ‘curate’ comes from MacMillan Dictionary: to select items from among a large number of possibilities for other people to consume and enjoy; applied to many areas including music, design, fashion, and especially digital media I had no idea I have been a curator for many years. When I taught high school, I didn’t […]

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Challenging Transitions

9x9x25 Blog Post #1 During my years as an educator, I have learned to be flexible and expect the unexpected. I have taught all ages – from preschool through to the college level. The most challenging transition I’ve had is to the post-secondary world 5 years ago. Here a just a few challenges: I never used slides to teach in any other level of education until I came to post-secondary. I felt peer pressure to teach using slides because ‘everyone […]

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The Complexity of Digital Literacy

This blog post is in response to the Ontario Extend Activity “What is your definition of digital literacies for teaching?” in the Technologist module.  Before doing a little research, I would have said that I know what digital literacy is. It is the ability to locate, use, share, assess, and produce content using technologies and/or the internet. I didn’t realize that digital literacy is so incredibly complex! I don’t think there really is a correct definition of digital literacy but this […]

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To Cornell or Not?

This is a post in response to the Extend Activity ‘Try watching a TED talk or conference keynote video yourself to practice your own note-taking skills using Cornell Notes’ found in the Teacher for Learning module under the heading Organize Knowledge. I love watching TedTalks! I probably spent over an hour trying to narrow down which one I was going to watch for this activity, however I kept putting off doing this activity because I really am not a fan […]

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Reflections on the 7 ‘How Learning Works’ Principles

This post is in response to the section ‘How Learning Works’ in the Teacher for Learning module on Ontario Extend. I will start off by saying that I really want to read this book, so my reflection on the seven principles will be based on just the topics — I will update this post after I read the book in full! Students’ prior knowledge can help or hinder learning When I first started teaching I underestimated how much prior knowledge […]

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Mutualism at its Finest

This post is in response to Ontario Extend’s Metacognition Extend Activity, ” What is your metaphor for teaching and learning? Find a photo or draw a picture. Narrate why this image represents you and your approach as a teacher.” When prompted with this question, I considered the typical cliché metaphors for teaching: teacher as a gardener – tending to their garden, feeding/watering the flowers so they grow and bloom, planting seeds of wisdom, etc. teacher as a tour guide – guiding students […]

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