Mar 5, 2018

DIGITAL POSTURE

By | 2018-03-05T08:55:00+00:00 March 5, 2018|21st Century Learning, Admin Staff, Technology|

I admit it…I’m a late adopter. I am careful in approach and rarely jump into anything new without appropriately assessing all options. Then I weigh them, and observe the early adopters to be sure I don’t experience the same pitfalls they will inevitably find themselves in. And although I consider myself a digital native, I [...]

Feb 19, 2018

BEFORE THE CURTAIN CALL

By | 2018-02-19T09:11:17+00:00 February 19, 2018|21st Century Learning, Middle School|

Feathers floated through the air; strands of wig hair lay scattered on the ground. Kids were running around in circles practising a classmate’s fish swim move, and the one counter space left in my classroom had become an apparent make-up station.    My classroom resembled anything but a learning environment. “Mrs. Barthel, I can’t find [...]

Feb 13, 2018

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

By | 2018-02-13T07:51:14+00:00 February 13, 2018|21st Century Learning, Elementary|

BY SHERRY DRADER, GRADE 4 TEACHER This past Christmas left me flabbergasted—the cardboard box STILL became the most sought after “toy” between my three kids! I’ve always been fascinated by the hours of enjoyment children get from a simple cardboard box, as the adult in me just wants to clean up the mess, flatten the [...]

Mar 6, 2017

Sometimes I feel like a…

By | 2017-03-06T09:45:48+00:00 March 6, 2017|21st Century Learning, Elementary|

“Sometimes I feel like a porcupine, innocent and curious. I have a big imagination and know how to protect myself.” This is how the small, square book began. I was browsing for First Nations themed books in our wonderful library. By the time I finished this book by Danielle Daniel, I was hooked and had [...]

Feb 27, 2017

If You Build It, They Will Come

By | 2017-02-27T08:50:23+00:00 February 27, 2017|21st Century Learning, Secondary|

On Friday, February 17, we did our annual pilgrimage from the multi-purpose room at the secondary campus to the middle school gymnasium with literally tons of wood. I will admit that this pilgrimage is not my favourite day of the school year.  In one day, we have to organize 25 students to help us move [...]

Jan 16, 2017

Barbies, Fairy Tales and Overhead Doors

By | 2018-04-15T22:06:50+00:00 January 16, 2017|21st Century Learning, Middle School|

Just before Christmas, I wandered around the middle school campus, observing students and teachers. It’s one of my favourite things to do during the day--so cool to be a witness to learning! I was struck by how incredibly busy our halls are, reinforcing for me the fact that our hallways really are extensions of our [...]

Dec 1, 2016

Coffee and Purple Cows

By | 2016-12-01T07:05:38+00:00 December 1, 2016|21st Century Learning, Admin Staff|

I love Starbucks. Yes, the coffee is great and yes, I love the brand that they work hard at portraying. Here’s the real reason: they don’t advertise on TV. I love the fact that Starbucks is considered one of the current, most recognized brands in the world (along with Coke, McDonald’s and Apple) and they [...]

Nov 14, 2016

Silly Answers to Good Questions

By | 2018-04-15T22:07:06+00:00 November 14, 2016|21st Century Learning, Middle School|

I was taking a first year Canadian history course and my professor asked the question,“Why do you think there was a law in Lower Canada that prohibited the cutting down of oak trees?” I thought to myself, “Oh, I know this one!” A little background is needed here. I was almost finished my degree, but [...]

Oct 3, 2016

The Grapes of Learning

By | 2016-10-03T13:32:56+00:00 October 3, 2016|21st Century Learning, Admin Staff|

Two weeks ago, I (along with a few colleagues) spent some time at a Christian Schools Canada Conference for administrators across Canada. Our keynote speaker was Andy Crouch (coincidentally also the keynote speaker for the InspirED teacher’s convention this week). Andy is the senior editor for Christianity Today and was formerly a Christian contemporary singer songwriter. [...]

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