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Mel Young

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Seeing My Students Soar

This is my seventh post for the 9x9x25 Challenge. This evening while I was waiting at the airport to board my plane to Toronto for TESS 2018, I ran into one of my former students. I taught her when she was in high school and knew she was destined for great things – she is bright, positive, driven, and headstrong. When she told me that she just started working on her Masters degree in Psychology at OISE, I felt a […]

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It’s Alive!! (OE Experimenter Module Reflection)

This is my reflection for the module ‘Experimenter‘ for Ontario Extend. I completed these three daily extends (although they weren’t necessarily in the list on the OE Experimenter module): Do you or does someone you know teach a course that requires a textbook? Have you made sure that there isn’t a nice, high quality, free, open option just sitting there in our Open Textbook Library? Go have a look and report your findings to us. If you are not teaching a course […]

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Turn Feedback in FeedForward

This is post #6 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! Why are we so afraid of feedback?! We shouldn’t see feedback as a negative or damaging thing; feedback is meant to help us reflect and grow as educators. In fact, we shouldn’t be waiting until the end of our courses to seek out student feedback. There are a number of reason why we should seek out student feedback early and consistently throughout the semester: Seeking feedback increases student engagement in your course, […]

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The Future of PD for Faculty

Photo by Mikes Photos on Pexels.com Traditional faculty PD is dead. Or at least it should be! You, as faculty, have a lot going on during the academic year that makes it challenging for you to be able to attend some (or any) of the wonderful PD opportunities put on by your teaching and learning centres. The idea of a one size fits all PD schedule just doesn’t work! Like any adult learner, faculty want what they want and they […]

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Fierce Female Colleagues

This is post #4 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! I have be fortunate to work with amazing female colleagues that have inspired me to become a better teacher, a better employee, a better colleague, a better mother, a better feminist, a better person. These women are fierce, strong, driven, successful, beautiful souls. Ashleigh has such a passion for student success. She supports them both inside the classroom and out. She finds creative ways to teach her core subjects – math and […]

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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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