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Handcuffs are off

Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay AND Day 4 of #OCDAwarenessWeek AND my 3rd post for the 9X9X25 challenge (okay, maybe the last piece is not as exciting). If I haven’t yet formally introduced myself, I’m the coordinator and a professor for Cambrian College’s brand new post-graduate certificate program in Community and Health Services Navigation. I adore my job. It’s a dream career, except it’s not a dream. It’s a reality career, but that just sounds weird so back to dream career. How […]

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While I didn’t build a robot, I found a cool scheduling app

The Technologist Module was intimidating but I think I got through it. I feel like I should be emerging with a prototype for a robotic teaching aid. Here’s my journey to become a technologist: Destination 1: Digital Literacy After perusing the provided reading about digital literacy, I concur that it is an ongoing process. Last year I asked students for ideas for the following semester and Kahoot! was the consensus of what I should implement. I was awestruck by a […]

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Teaching Style: Fall, 2018 Collection

Fun fact: my mom used to teach High School in the Northwest Territories. This gives the advice she gave me a year ago credible: I will develop my own teaching style. Okay, maybe it wasn’t advice, per se, but a valid premonition.  I wasn’t entirely sure at the time how my teaching style would develop or how long it would take, but I’m pretty sure it’s happening. Below are my rudimentary calculations for developing your teaching style: Teach the same […]

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I DJ in my classroom

1st post for the Ontario Extend 9X9X25 Challenge! Not only am I an educator, but I’ve also become a bit of a DJ. Before my classes started this semester, I was soaking up all the information I could find to enhance the classroom experience for students. One of the suggestions was to play music before class begins to create a welcoming and less awkward first day environment. You know, when a couple brave souls decide to chat while everyone else […]

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Didn’t think I would go near Nearpod

My friend levelled up last night with macaroni inside her students’ shoes. Check out her brilliant idea here (I have totally recruited her to be a guest speaker for one of my classes when we explore navigating systems for older adults.)   I then realized that I too levelled up just hours earlier! Today I used the interactive technology Nearpod for the first time. It all started on Monday at the Cambrian Teaching & Learning and Innovation Hub. A variety […]

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Stigma is real.

The other day I put out virtual feelers as to whether I should privatize my personal blog about my experience with mental illness. I was (and still am) afraid that if students find my blog they may lose respect for me or think I’m not a credible educator. What I was also afraid of, but didn’t share, was whether it would be ill-advised considering I just started a new career as coordinator and faculty for a brand new program at […]

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Sending out an SOS to educators

Photo by Artem Bali from Pexels I’ll be teaching positive psychology for the second time in person this semester.  Just to give you a crash course in my resume, I’ve also taught it twice online. As usual, the course is an elective for first-year students. I am writing this because I need your help. I’m eating up the learning curve of backwards course design and non-traditional assessments and feeling brave. First, here’s the mandatory evaluative breakdown: Quizzes: 40% Application activities: […]

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Metacognitive Lesson Planning

Photo by KT on Unsplash It’s one week before classes begin and I’m not focused on preparing content. That’s right – not (if my dean’s reading this, I assure you there’s no need for alarm). It’s one week before classes begin and instead, I’m focused on learning concepts. During the summer I was focused on content: I created folder after folder of the resources I’ve accumulated over the past decade and mulled over what would inevitably have to be cut. Cutting content felt […]

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Teaching philosophy on a bun and worries in a box

  Photo by Josh Couch on Unsplash  Experimenter Module Checklist: Do some Daily Extends (X 3 minimum)         I had some fun putting my teaching philosophy on a bun, doing a book title mash-up with one of my cats taking advantage of the photo-op, and capturing an “extension” of hooks used to display greeting cards slid behind the frame. All activities were chosen for one thing: they seemed fun (especially putting words on a bun). I want to curate enjoyable […]

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Customized creations as unique as your fingerprint

Ontario Extend Instructions: “What’s your definition of content curation?” I’ve been a content curator for clients over the past decade. I just didn’t know it. Take the topic of anxiety, for example. I’m not just going to throw the word into Google with caution to the wind. I’ve got some curating to do: What’s their literacy level? Is the text written in plain language? Should I use images instead of text? What’s their attention span? Do they like lengthy documents […]

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