Learning is Social

I recently got back from Learning 2.014 in Bangkok and was inspired and encouraged to be around passionate educators.  The people were great and lots of great connections were made.  That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Learning 2.014 is aptly named because “learning” is at the core of the conference.  It is the heart Read more about Learning is Social[…]

Course 5 Final Project – Our Story

What a journey! It is hard to believe that I am sitting here typing this final blog post for a program that began over a year ago. I began my coetail journey with excitement and a bit of fear of the unknown but have learned a lot along the way. I truly believe that I Read more about Course 5 Final Project – Our Story[…]

Course 5 Project Thoughts

I came back from a very enjoyable 4-week holiday.  I had penciled out some ideas before the break but really didn’t feel attached or excited about any single one.  Our first week back last week brought challenges of getting everyone back on track at the same time as diving into new units. One of my Read more about Course 5 Project Thoughts[…]

Thoughts on Course 5 – Redefinition

I am looking forward to really taking this next semester to redefine some of my practice with technology and to use technology to leverage the learning! The last year and a half has turned me upside down and I have become an avid learner about tech stuff. I find myself almost nightly jumping around ideas Read more about Thoughts on Course 5 – Redefinition[…]

School: An Ideal Place for Problem-Based Learning

The learning landscape is changing at a faster pace that I can really keep up with.  The way we are learning is so brand new that it scares me.  It makes me uncomfortable.  This is where I live.  I live everyday realizing that I can’t and shouldn’t be doing the same things in the same Read more about School: An Ideal Place for Problem-Based Learning[…]

The Way We Learn vs. What We Learn

In reflecting on this weeks readings and my own learning journey as well as the approach I take in the classroom I have been thinking a lot about relevancy.  How will schools ensure that they are employing relevant educators? How do we stay relevant? How do help our kids to be relevant in todays rapidly Read more about The Way We Learn vs. What We Learn[…]

Flipped Classroom vs Flipped Teaching

I’m really puzzled by this flipped learning stuff.  I know that I need to learn more about it and put aside my initial feelings but I really don’t see the difference between flipped classrooms and simply good teaching techniques in class that give our students the active practice that they need. I currently teach Grade Read more about Flipped Classroom vs Flipped Teaching[…]

It’s Not About The Game or Is It?

I teach Grade 3.  I have 21 students who clamber into my room and manage to end up on the carpet ready for our “morning messages” at 8:30 each day.  I give the kids an opportunity to speak about things going on in their life: what they were up to on the weekend, what is Read more about It’s Not About The Game or Is It?[…]

Past, Present, Future in My Classroom

I want to start this post by reflecting on Brandon Hoover’s post on the Coetail Online Site.  I recently had a conversation with our own IT specialist or whatever the term is called about her role and the current situation at the school.   I am new to my current school and have found the Read more about Past, Present, Future in My Classroom[…]

My Digital Story -Course 3 Final Project

I have made digital stories with my students several times and have asked them to generate a timeline of events, think about characters and design the story that they wanted to share.  I have used various web tools to do this and have found great success.  It wasn’t until I went through this course and Read more about My Digital Story -Course 3 Final Project[…]