Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tearing down the walls…4/10…#10in10

From day one when I was offered the position at Countryside, I looked to tear down walls that had yet to be built.  My plans was to provide an inside look into our school for the families of the students attending Countryside by sharing what we were doing using a few different social media platforms like Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Smore.

Over the past 18 months at Countryside we have replaced walls with windows and allowed families to catch a glimpse of what their children are learning.

Check out @CountrysidePDSB on Twitter, @CountrysidePDSB on Instagram, our Youtube channel Countryside Village and our school news letters on Smore

Finding the balance…3/10

I remember my first teaching placement like it was just a few months ago…I was in a grade 6 class in a fairly large K-8 elementary school in the north end of Thunder Bay.  I was enthusiastic and excited to have the opportunity to learn the ropes in an actual classroom.  I learned many strategies to cope with a variety of student needs and abilities but the one thing that I learned which still sticks with me today was the advice my teacher advisor Alison shared with me.  She said “always remember that you need a balance between you job and home life”.   That being said, I always have to challenge myself to maintain that between no matter which way life swings.

Changing the way things have always been…2/10

I find myself constantly evolving my teaching practices, I like to try out new approaches to teaching, new apps to support the teaching and learning in my class, and just about anything I feel might be able to support my students in a positive way and today was no different.  I have been trying out new methods of documenting student learning and providing feedback this year, the old spreadsheet I have been using to record achievement just does not work to support recording immediate feedback on student work especially with my students producing virtually all of their work digitally.  My replacements for my traditional Spreadsheet have been the integrated Markbook in Edmodo, Engrade, and currently SesameHQ or Snap on the iPad. Unfortunately I’ve been having a lot of issues and now look to others to share what they are using as a digital documentation a tool that can be used to record achievement And provide students digital feedback for the work that they’re completing online

A Fresh Start…1/10

I think….I know that I have written at least one of these posts in the past.  But a challenge posted by Tina and seeing that a few other colleagues were up for the challenge, I too accepted the challenge of writing 10 entries in 10 days (#10in10) and at the same time I have challenged any of my students who were willing to do the same.

My goal for this challenge is to revitalize my blog, my reflection on my teaching practices, my sharing of resources, my documentation of what is happening in my class.  I also hope to inspire and encourage my students by “doing” rather than being the one to set the challenge and not be challenged.

Check out what others have done for their #10in10

Did you challenge yourself to #10in10?  Share your blog, I’d enjoy reading what others had to share over their 10.

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