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The Vessay

Yes, the Vessay.  It’s new.  Or at least it is to my students. When you’ve done something as momentous and challenging as creating a Holocaust museum, what do you do next?  It’s not about topping it, it’s about challenging and … Continue reading

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Magic & Grieving

I believe in magic.  Not the tooth fairy kind.  But the kind our students can make when they’re given a worthy challenge. Last night was the final showing of our Holocaust exhibit, and I have many mixed feelings. Last Tuesday our exhibit … Continue reading

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Blogging as Authentic Writing

In the past two days, I’ve learned three important lessons as a blogger. The first, is that what I write, and more so, what I publish, must be authentic to who I am and what I want to say.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Deeply Engaged

Today I had an amazing Biology class.  My students had individually researched the endocrine system, and this morning they were randomly put into teams using an on-line teammaker.  They loved it. But that’s far from the highlight Their assignment was … Continue reading

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A Look Back

It’s been not quite a month since I decided to overhaul my classroom, which is shocking.   It seems much longer than that.  Not in a bad way.  I just can’t imagine teaching any other way.  I’ve moved from a content-based, teacher centred-classroom, … Continue reading

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Five Great Minutes

I understand why many educators choose to do things the way they always have.  It kinda works. And, once you become relatively proficient at it, things seem to run quite smoothly. Teachers give the information.  Students memorize the information.  You … Continue reading

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Taking the Plunge

Sunday evening I made an important, and now irrevocable, decision.  Even though I understand the importance of student-centred learning,  I haven’t switched to this approach in my Bio 30 class.  I keep thinking, “I’ll do it next year.”  Finally, I stopped and asked, “Why … Continue reading

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Roller Coaster

I had no idea becoming a different type of teacher was so exhausting. The process of analyzing, reflecting, and changing almost everything can be absolutely depleting. Some evenings I have crawled into bed at 7:30.  But it is also exhilarating and humbling, … Continue reading

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Loss

Although I’ve been teaching my classes differently for the past couple weeks, today was the first day we spent using technology.  In CE 10 we began researching the LRA and different ways our class might be able to help those affected in … Continue reading

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A Revolution

There’s a revolution under way in education.  Some teachers, and schools, are oblivious to it at present, in other places it seems to trickle in through the cracks.  However, other teachers have fully embraced, even welcomed, the revolution in education that … Continue reading

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