It is hard to explain the magic that happened on September 19th in Border Land School Division for their first divisional PD event of the year. It started off with two amazing speakers: Winnipeg Police Chief, Devon Clunis and Assistant Deputy Fire Chief in Calgary, Tyler Pelke. Devon Clunis told an inspiring story of the power of a teacher (Mrs.Hanna) and Tyler told a story of resilience, forgiveness, and chasing your dreams.
Teachers were watching and engaged during these talks as you could have probably heard a pin drop. It was QUIET. Devon reminded teachers of the power of connection. Those things you do like stay after school to meet up with a student who needs extra help because you want to see them succeed. And Tyler referred to these people as difference makers throughout his talk.
Throughout the morning, so many ideas were swirling in my head:
"Who is my Mrs.Hanna?"
"Who is my difference maker?" (some were sitting in the room)
"Does someone/or a student view me as their difference maker?"
"What will I do to continue to make positive connections with students?"
"How do we foster/promote resiliency in students so they can move from victim to survival to thriving?"
Tyler defined resiliency as:"The ability to bend and not break, experience pain and flourish, be challenged and adapt, and overcome and grow emotionally." His message really resonated with me. He said a couple of times..."It is not about the story, but what you do with the story." I definitely went back to work on Monday thinking about student's stories and my role as a teacher in helping them see their story differently. How can their stories be a source of empowerment?
In the afternoon, we ran an Edcamp style PD where teachers created and chose topics that they were passionate about and attended sessions based on their needs. Some of the sessions included: composting programs, interactive apps, teacher wellness, fitbit and sustainability, aboriginal perspectives in education, #geniushour and passion projects, social justice and equity in our school, teacher evaluation process, yoga in the classroom, and even the creation of a music data base. The ideas were flowing and many colleagues even had breakout sessions that fit their interests. Our day ended with an app smackdown, where teachers could learn about new apps that could be used in the classroom to engage students. It was nice to see teachers smiling, taking risks in their learning, having informal conversations with teachers across the division, and showing interest in a style of pd that is really unconventional.
Edutopia has an article focused on how to deliver a great PD (www.edutopia.org/blog/10-tips-delivering-awesome-professional-development-elena-aguilar) BUT...here is my top ten list that focuses on how you know your PD was a success:
10 Ways to Know Your PD Was a Success
1. People leave smiling
2. They have choice in what they learn
3. They leave asking more questions than when they arrived
4. They have an "Aha" moment while listening to others
5. The engage in conversations that are out of their comfort zone
6. They find inspiration through others
7. They create new contacts for continued support in their learning
8. They reflect on their own practice so they can be their "best self"
9. They leave with something they can use/apply in the classroom right away
10. They leave wanting more (We should do this again!)
Every year I go to West Hawk Lake, Manitoba and enjoy some much needed time with my husband and our families. We always have tons of fun watching our nieces and nephews enjoy being outside, whether it be tubing behind our boat or sitting around the fire. One of the kids brought out his BMX bike for the summer. After watching them BMX around for awhile I saw that when they failed at a trick, they didn't stop trying (one kid tried the same trick 16 times). One of the kids mastered the trick and decided to add a new twist to it. This was all before 9:30am. I was still in my pajamas enjoying a coffee. But something interesting happened when we were there. I watched my nephew (Grade 11) and three of his friends (Grade 12, 9, and 7) work together to create a BMX jump. .
There is a man who collects items from the nearby dump that people can reuse. So they decided to walk over to his place and see if he had anything that they could use to create a BMX jump. About 30 minutes later, the four boys came down the hill with an old table on a wagon. The table was foldable and the legs could fold right underneath the table so it could fold flat. Most adults there didn't see what the kids saw. The kids saw a pre-made jump. They took the table and put one set of legs up and kept the other set down. I watched them test the durability of the jump (to make sure it was safe) for about 20 minutes and after the testing of it, they put it back on the wagon and dragged it down to the dock. They strapped buoys to their BMX bike so it wouldn't sink once they landed in the water. My nephew Corey asked me, "Are you going to watch me jump this? My reply, "Absolutely, I'm going to watch you jump it and film it!"
When people heard what the boys were doing, a massive crowd from the campground filled the area around the dock to see "the jump." Many people were talking about how insane it was because the hill was really steep. And, some were worried that they might get hurt. And I was thinking, "School should be more like BMXing. Look at how much fun they are having. An adult gave them a few tools and they were motivated to learn for themselves." I watched my nephew Corey come down the hill and take the jump and after he landed in the water he said, "That was so much fun." But it didn't stop there, they kept jumping it and found better ways to land in the water.
We need students to feel the same way about school. School should be fun and enjoyable. Kids should leave school everyday and have something YouTube worthy to upload. We need to challenge ourselves as teachers and co-create learning experiences with students that they can be passionate about. Like Charles Schulz said, "Like a ten speed bike, most of us have gears we do not use." Shifting gears can be hard but once you start shifting, it only gets easier.
(Check out the BMX jump below)
"That is the problem of life. If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything. When a child presents himself to you with his smile, if you are not really there thinking about the future or the past, or preoccupied with other problems then the child is not really there for you. " -Thích Nhất Hạnh
I know as teachers we are often the ones preparing lessons, but last week I was taught one by a really neat kid. I had one of those weeks where it felt like I didn't stop to breath. I was barely home and when I was home I was thinking about work and when I was at work I was thinking about home. My mind had been totally preoccupied. In May, I am usually thinking about all of the teaching I still need to do and feeling like there isn't enough time.
A couple weeks before that student had told me about going to a "give away." I told her I had learned about give aways from a man named Dr.Martin Brokenleg and he told me that "real giving entails sacrifice-if it doesn't cost you something, it is not generosity." She told me that was true and how some people give everything they own away. We had a conversation and she was very excited about it. I told her she should tell me how it goes.
Some time went on and we learned about equal groups in multiplication and sharing in division. We even built an arcade in Science....things were busy. The student came up to me and said, "Mrs.Collette...can we Skype after school? I added our class account to my Skype." My class is really loving connecting to other classes via Skype and Google Hangout so this was not a surprising request. I thought...we could Skype but we could also talk right now too (as I was walking towards the door to get the class lined up). I am sure she could see in body language that I clearly didn't have time at that moment to talk. I told her I would try to connect with her via Skype if that was her conversation tool of choice and we set up a time. I quickly got the class refocused and away we went to the library. I got home and things came up and I totally forgot to even turn my Skype on. The next day the student didn't say anything and was pretty quiet for most of the day. At the end of the day she came up to me and said, "Mrs.Collette, you weren't there at 5:30." I had totally forgot. "Can we try to Skype today?" she said. "Yes, we can...I will make time. Are you sure you don't want to talk now?" She said, "No, I will Skype you." I sent a message to her mom to see if this was okay and her mom sent me a message saying she really wanted to Skype.
After work a colleague had come over to plan an Edcamp PD event and we were doing a google hangout. Again, I had forgot that the student would be calling. All of the sudden, my computer starts beeping and I have an incoming call from the student. As I opened up the call she was sitting there with her sister on the other end and with the BIGGEST smile ever she said, "Hi, Mrs.Collette!" I said hello back and asked her how she was doing and she said fine. Then she said, "I can't believe I'm skyping!" The connection got really bad and the call was lost. The next day at school she came up to me with a big smile and said, "Wasn't that awesome?" I said, "Yeah, too bad we had a bad connection." I then asked her, "What did you want to talk to me about?" She said, "You never checked in with me about the give away." In that moment, my heart sunk a little...I had again, forgotten.
I sat down next to her in a quiet place before school started and said, "I'm sorry that I forgot to check in with you. How did the give away go?" She told me some of the things she had gotten and all of the people who came. She told me about a feast they had too. Then she said, "When you give things away it means you always care for one another." She said, "I made something for everyone in the class." She ran to her locker and came back with all of these coloured pages and had made a picture for everyone, including me. She decided to create her own give away. I made sure I took a moment to watch everyone's faces when she went around and gave each person their own picture.
She taught me a lesson that day. I needed to press pause. Slow down. Stop worrying about time. I needed to listen. I needed to just be. I had been so worried about what needed to get done in class that I was missing the moment. In a classroom full of learners, even the teacher gets to learn important lessons that sometimes only kids can help you see.
We recently read a book in Grade 3 called, What If Everyone Did That? In the book, it gave examples of things like littering and basically doing things you are not suppose to do (feed the animals at the zoo, be mean to someone, etc). Next to the statement it had a picture. It said something like, "I threw just one bottle out the car window. What if everyone did that?" and next to it there was a huge garbage pile. The book ended up being rather negative with things you are not suppose to do. I read it to the students to see what their reaction would be and one student said..."That is a lot of rules!" Another student said, "What if everyday we were nice to someone, just because? What if everyone did that?"
After the student said that comment....it really got me thinking about what is important in teaching for me. So I started to think about my "What if Everyone Did That?" top ten list as I was driving home from work. My top ten are inspired by real events!
10. A teacher said, "I'm glad you are here today _________. We missed you." What if everyone did that?
9. An administrator stood at the front door at recess giving students high fives as they came in the building. What if everyone did that?
8. A teacher went into the hallway when a student didn't show up and said, "I need you in my class. How can we make that work?" What if everyone did that?
7. A teacher called home at the end of the day because a student didn't show up for school and genuinely wondered where they were. What if everyone did that?
6. A teacher who took time to thank student for something little (like taking off their hat or helping them with something around the school). What if everyone did that?
5. A teacher took time to sit with some kids and help them work on unfinished assignments. What if everyone did that?
4. Two colleagues worked together to help students solve a problem using restitution so they could go back to the group strengthened. What if everyone did that?
3. A teacher adapted to a student's needs so that the student could feel SUCCESS, as well as, RELEVANCE in their learning. What if everyone did that?
2. A teacher created an engaging learning experience for students even though it took more time. What if everyone did that?
1. A teacher made a call to a parent to share some positive news about their child. What if everyone did that?
So many teachers in our buildings and around the world are already doing these amazing things that make school so much better for students. It is so phenomenal to see and hear. I know that as teachers the work is never done. There is always something more to do or another thing to learn. It can often be overwhelming. BUT, what if everyday, every teacher did ONE of these things? Just one. What if everyone did that? I KNOW something amazing would happen.
"Treat everyone like it's their birthday."- Kid President
When I heard about the Recycle Everywhere Classroom Challenge I thought it would be a great opportunity for my class to continue their learning about recycling, waste, and sustainability within in our school. In Science, we have learned about how humans can positively or negatively affect the earth and this project tied in to some other learning that was already happening in our Grade 3 classroom.
The Challenge asked students to collect any recyclable bottles and containers for one week and at the end of that week they were asked to take a creative picture with all of the recycling they collected. One of the struggles my class was having was, what is recycling and what is not? We learned about what could be recycled and how sorting it from the garbage was very important before starting. One discussion we also had before starting was how we could be creative for our photo that we would send in to Recycle Everywhere Manitoba. The winners of the challenge would receive Jets jerseys for every member of their class so we decided that we could try and create a Winnipeg Jets logo with some of the recycling. All of them, including myself, weren't really sure what our final product would look like but we knew why this challenge was important (regardless of the contest) and it started with an essential question:
How are humans and the environment dependent on each other?
We had so many powerful discussions about this. Students were heard saying things like, "Well if we trash our planet we won't survive" and "When we litter we harm living things. If we continue to destroy our planet we will have nowhere to live and things wills die." It was easy to see that this challenge was so much bigger than we thought and as we discussed this essential question a student put up her hand and said, "Mrs.Collette, I really want to win this contest...but if we don't we will have done something amazing, help the world." I asked the class, do you agree? Many students agreed with that student's statement and at that moment I knew students were intrinsically motivated and it wasn't all extrinsic.
In many cases in a classroom setting, you often need to ignite the flame.With this project, students were self-motivated and they set out to accomplish their goal: to collect and recycle as many containers as they could find in our building. At recesses, my students could be found digging through garbage bins and waiting next to teachers and students as they were finishing their drinks in the hallway. Some students even wandered into meetings to ask teachers if they could take their recycling off their hands. Clearly, my class was made for this project. I saw 16 students collect and rinse out other student's yogurt and drink containers without a single complaint. It was the opposite, they were grinning from ear to ear. Just picture students with their heads in recycling and garbage cans, rinsing and sorting containers, and SMILING. I became a guide on the side: I was there to make sure students were being safe, provided bags for students to collect with, and helped with some of the sorting.
After the first day, students were surprised by the amount of drinks that students consumed throughout the day in our K-12 school. The project became real when we had all of the recycling from one day in the middle of our classroom floor. A student whispered, "How is this possible?" They collected without hesitation for the entire week and assembled their logo with colours that worked and put the rest in clear plastic bags.
This project created a visual for my students. It is easy to tell students we need to recycle and show them pictures of how much waste is produced in an average day in North America. But when you participate in a project like this from start to finish, it shifts thinking and gives them a whole new perspective. In everything I do as a teacher, I want to make learning as relevant and real as possible. This project gave students some really important data about what our school is doing really well and what we need to work on with recycling and waste. It has also created some real math problems for students to solve and to go deeper with our learning. The learning hasn't stopped because the official challenge ended. Many students would like to talk to other classes about their noticings regarding recycling and waste in our building (things that are being done really well and things that are not). And, they would like to display their recycling at our RVS Project Fair to encourage students to bring reusable containers and use our brand new water fountains in our building. We still have some important work to do.
As their teacher, I am so proud of them for:
1. Setting a goal and sticking to it.
2. Working together as a team and being leaders
3. Wanting to use their knowledge to teach others
4. Taking responsibility for their planet
5. Always learning and growing
Overall, they collected 747 containers and used 319 of those containers to make their Winnipeg Jets Logo.
It all started with a memory box. We have been learning about our identity in Grade 3 Social Studies and the identity of others. The students each had time to prepare their memory boxes in class and share them with a variety of students throughout the school. Our memory boxes were made up of items that are important to us. We began to have in-depth conversations about memories and ourselves. The project then kind of exploded into an idea where students have now invited their parents to come in to our classroom to share and create a memory with them (it is exciting).
When students shared their memory boxes in small and large groups I could see that they began lighting up after each item they pulled out and explained to the class. Some students began adding memories they had of people and putting it in their memory boxes. Students who had not talked very much were laughing and smiling as the reminisced about the objects they were showing. Every object was an opportunity for them to show themselves to others (what their world is like outside our building). Students were commenting after each student shared and it was interesting to hear some of the comments:
"I didn't know you were an artist...that is really neat. You're going to be somebody."
"I liked the pictures you showed of your family...I didn't realize you had so many siblings. Is it hard sometimes?"
"Why did you pick that item? Who gave it to you?"
"You should share your talents."
"I liked seeing all of your items and listening to you explain them."
None of my students were critical of any items that students shared. They even showed acceptance and interest for items that some could not relate to. They praised fellow students for their talents and encouraged them to keep going with it. The students were so inspired by this project that some wrote "I Am" poems about themselves and really began to not only appreciate others, but themselves too. As I was reading through them, some of the lines became permanently stuck in my head:
"I like the person I am."
"I see my awesomeness in the mirror."
"I feel like I belong in this school."
"I pretend like the world is one big family, my family."
"I understand people's feelings."
"I know everyone is good inside even when they do bad stuff."
"I see happiness."
"I understand lots of stuff but I want to know more."
All of this got me thinking about the "real world" statements I hear all the time and how many people complain that we are not preparing kids enough for the real world. I don't like the term "real world"...We always talk about this world as if it is hasn't happened yet when they are living in it, which is why I like saying, "You'll see this elsewhere." After learning about identities it made think about how much they already know about the world...you know...the important things...the things that count. They like who they are, they have a sense of belonging, they see the good in others, they understand human emotion, they appreciate relationship building, and they want to keep learning. Is there anything more real than that?
Students know about the "real world" because they are in it everyday at school, at the hockey rink, at their homes, and at their friend's houses. School is just a piece of their already existent world. As teachers, we have a unique opportunity in that we have the privilege of talking to kids about who they are, who they want to be, and how they see themselves in the world they live in. Instead of preparing them for the world, why don't we just help them be part of it in a meaningful way? I leave you with the questions I think about often:
What am I doing and saying to make students feel like an essential part of the world?
How do my actions help them know they belong in it?
Do I smile when they walk in the door?
Do I let them know when I appreciate something they've done?
Do I take time time talk to students throughout the day (inside and outside of class)?
How am I creating a culture of respect and fostering a human component in my classroom?
Are mistakes allowed?
Am I understanding when deadlines aren't met?
Do I give students multiple chances to get it right?
Am I respectful in my interactions with students?
How am I showing students that the world they are already a part of is good?
Do I model goodness?
Do I help them see different perspectives?
Do I encourage sharing their identity with others?
Do I guide them to success and show an interest in their future?
The classroom you go to everyday is not a simulation for real life. So.....
What do you do everyday for students to help them love learning and school as part of their world?
At the end of December, I felt as if I was in a lull in my teaching. It just felt like I was going through the motions despite being given positive feedback on my teaching. I had even asked a fellow colleague to come in and observe a lesson for feedback. Something just didn't feel right. I started to talk to a colleague and friend and he said, "What is that you want, Jenn? What do you want to be happening in your classroom?" I told him it had nothing to do with my class...I have the perfect class (really, you should meet them...they are amazing). I told him that I needed to think about it.
"To be your best, you have to be willing to be uncomfortable and embrace it as part of your growth process."-Jon Gordon
After giving it some thought, I knew what I was missing...contact with other teachers. What I really wanted was to see and experience how other teachers were doing things. I was curious. I wondered what was happening outside my four walls. I needed to re-invent the way I was doing things. I needed fresh air. It was time for me to take another risk in my teaching. I knew what I wanted and needed to teach...I just needed a new approach.
"Stay committed to your decisions; but stay flexible in your approach." --Tony Robbins
I approached a teacher in our building that I knew wanted to collaborate but had never really asked me. I mean, we had always shared ideas openly but we never collaborated in a true team teaching experience. I proposed to her that we could do Daily 5 together everyday and combine two classes which would have approximately 30 kids in total. I explained that we could learn from each other and it would be better for the students as they would always have teacher contact while the other teacher was doing their early intervention reading group. I also thought that the older students and younger students would be a great mix and could work together. After all, I had taught all of her current students the year before. After the proposal, I didn't know what to expect but the teacher immediately smiled and with no hesitation said, "Lets do this. I like your proposal. I trust you. I think it will be great." As I was walking out of her classroom I had the feeling that something cool was about to happen.
We have been collaborating for 3 weeks now and I've have learned so much just from being an observer and witnessing another teacher teach with me in my classroom. She has great ideas and also a ton of experience in a classroom. We switch off lessons and she prepares a lesson on even days and I prepare one on odd days. We discuss our tasks and lessons and what we think is best based on what we see students struggling with in their reading, writing, and word work. She has given me feedback as well which has been valuable for me. The one thing that has also been powerful for students is to see their teachers as learners and working together. Together, we are getting to conference with way more students in an hour period. I will see approximately 10 students in my half hour chunk and vice versa. So everyday we are making contact with atleast 20 students in an hour. The other neat thing is that she is helping my students and I am helping her students. It isn't about the grades that we teach....we are there to help students no matter what grade they are in.
Collaborating is good for the soul. It brings things out in you that you never knew existed. It challenges your thinking and how you do things. It makes you realize that you don't have all the answers. It teaches you that there is always something new to learn. It raises the stakes and keeps you on your toes. It brings life into your classroom. It opens the door to building new relationships with students and staff in your building. It calls everyone to be better.
"The most powerful thing you have in your school is collaboration. Without it, your growth is limited by your own perspective." #edchat #ce13 via @venspired
So, it is that time again where one year ends and another starts. And, I have to say, 2013 was one of my favourite years of my teaching career so far.
I think 2013 was my learning curve year. I really learned so many great things from kids, educators, specialists, and just from sitting back and watching.
Here are my big take-aways from the year:
1. Throw Away Your Rule Book
I only got better at teaching when I realized that there was so much more to know about teaching than I ever thought. Get rid of the idea of what teaching looks like and just do what feels right. Attempt things outside your comfort zone.
2. You Don't Need a Title/Position to be a Leader
I really want to be an administrator someday. Right now, I am really loving being a teacher. My friend asked me, "What would you do as an administrator anyway?" I told her I would model the beliefs of our school to others, inspire other teachers to be their best, expose teachers to new/alternate perspectives regarding best practices in education, build relationships with every student in the school, be a lead learner, help create a safe/respectful space for students and staff to be in, and the list went on. My friend then says, "Why don't you just be the person you are describing Jenn...you don't need a title to be that person. You can be that person right now if you want to." If you want to be a leader, just be one.
3. Work for People Who Are Just as Passionate About Education as You Are
Find an admin that visits your classroom often, takes time to go out in the playground or basketball court with students, gives you suggestions when things aren't working, bounces ideas off staff members, or sits in the hallway with their laptop on a tiny child's chair and a table on wheels just so they can interact with students. These are qualities of a great administrator. Work for these people.
4. Collaborate Often
I met an amazing teacher, Mary Bertram (@mlbertram), who was only a couple steps down the hall from me in 2013. She let me bounce ideas off her like crazy. We instantly clicked and have been collaborating ever since. Even after she left RVS, we continued to collaborate on projects and even presented at SAGE together. She is still often on the other end of my phone. Invite educators into your room and plan lessons with them. You WILL learn something.
5. Be Positive at Work
Smile. Be friendly. Speak well of everyone. Treat everyone like they are the best. It changes the whole dynamics of the workplace.
Spend time in the hallways on your lunch break. Go out in the playground when it is not your duty. Greet people in the mornings by name. I have seen some of the coolest things happen during these times.
7. Be Human
Yes, you are a teacher...but you are also human. Show emotion. Apologize when you're wrong (you will be wrong). Make sure you balance your home life and school life (it is easy to burnout). Share your story with others.
8. Always Do What is Best For Kids
I've learned how to be flexible and do things differently than I used to because at the end of the day, we need to do what is best for kids. Take yourself out of equation in any situation in school and ask, "What is best for this child? What does this child need?" Do what is best for kids.
Do more listening than talking. "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply (Stephen Covey)." Listen with the intent to understand.
10. Teach Like a Pirate
Plan the most amazing lessons for students. Spend time creating lessons that engage students. Create a hook and leave students wanting more. Learning should be fun and interesting. "If you haven't failed in the classroom lately, you aren't pushing the envelope far enough (Dave Burgess)."
The Sunshine Blog is such a neat thing. I did see this on twitter a couple of times and all of the sudden I get a tweet from Dana Ariss telling me that she nominated me. I have to say....I was blushing a bit in disbelief.....I was so happy that someone was actually reading my blog! So now, I will pay it forward because I've learned so much from educators on twitter and have enjoyed reading others blogs as well.
Here is how it works:
My Nominating Blogger
I met Dana Ariss (@DanaAriss) over twitter. I met her like I meet alot of people over twitter. Someone I knew retweeted a great tweet from @DanaAriss and I immediately thought, "I need to follow this person." I remember telling Mary Bertram at Starbucks, so...I'm following @DanaAriss on twitter now and Mary said, "Oh I'm glad, she's great." People at Starbucks probably often wonder what Mary and I are talking about because we talk in hashtags and @ symbols. Once I started following Dana, I noticed she also contributed to the #cdnedchat and she always offers a fresh perspective. Dana has also retweeted some of my blog posts and tweeted her thoughts to me. I appreciate it, Dana!
11 Random Facts About Me
1. When I start something..I have to finish it before I move on to anything else.
2. I work well under pressure....I won a couple gold medals in my day and only spent two hours on the Science project. #madskills
3. I love my bulldog, Monte. I was on my way to a funeral, stopped at Petland, saw her sad eyes, saw a sign that had been hanging that said, "I've been here for 4 months", went to the funeral, immediately drove back to Petland, purchased the dog in a vulnerable state, and never looked back. If you ask anyone, they will tell you how much I love my dog.
4. I have a love of board games. Right now, I am really loving Ticket to Ride.
5. My favourite movie of all time: Good Will Hunting
6. I was a pharmacy technician before I became a teacher. I liked that job too. But that was exactly what it was to me...a job. It wasn't a passion, which is why I had to move on.
7. I try to look at the positive in everything. The restitution model has totally changed my teaching.
8. I always thought I would teach at the school where I graduated from. However, I found this neat, little, hidden-gem of a school in Dominion City, Manitoba and know that it is where I am meant to teach. I love waking up for work every morning...it doesn't get better than that.
9. I am the happiest when I am at West Hawk Lake with my husband and both our families.
10. I love seafood (need I say more?)
11. My favourite quote is from Todd Whitaker:
"The best part of teaching is that it matters. The hardest part of teaching is that every moment matters everyday."
11 Questions For The Nominees
1. Why teaching?
I went into teaching because I really love to learn. I knew that if I picked teaching I would be learning for the rest of my life.
2. Who or what is your greatest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration....boy that is a hard question. I find so many people inspirational. I can't name just one.
3. What is one new thing you have tried this year?
I have joined #cdnedchat and #mbedchat when I can . I wanted to learn how to do this for awhile and I love it. I was once the person who couldn't understand the whole hashtag part of twitter.
4. What would your ideal day look like?
In my boat, somewhere super quiet, just relaxing.
5. Who was the best teacher you ever had and why?
This is easy. I have two--it is a tie. Angela Clayton and Corinna Derewianchuk. I liked them because they were nice to me. They always cheered for me. Everyone needs a teacher like that.
6. If you could live anywhere in the world other than where you currently live, where would it be?
It would have to be somewhere warm. I'm a Manitoba suck during winter time.
7. What is something you are looking forward to in 2014?
I'm looking forward to the arrival of my new niece or nephew. My best friend is also expecting in June. It will be neat to see both couples as parents.
8. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I am both. I am known for going to bed early. But, when I am working on something I am really passionate about I am always a night owl. I send emails at crazy times of the night.
9. What is your favourite band or music artist?
My favourite band....I really love U2 and I do like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
10. Why Twitter?
There are so many great educators on twitter. I just love connecting with other educators. I like that I can have conversations with people who I otherwise may not be able to talk with. I love my PLN.
11. Mac or PC? Android or iPhone?
Iphone all the way.
11 Bloggers I am Nominating:
1. Jamie Felsch @FelschJ_ED
2. Paul Solarz @PaulSolarz
3. Justine Tarte @justintarte
4. George Couros @gcouros
5. Krissy Venosdale @venspired
6. Mary Bertram @mlbertram
7. Miles MacFarlene @milesmac
8. Laura Heintz @lauraheintz1
9. Rebecca Gray @rebeccalgray
10. Louise Morgan's Class Blog @MrsMorgansclass
11. Georgette Nairn @GeorgetteNairn
11 Questions for the Nominees:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What do you love doing the most?
3. What is your favourite educational quote?
4. What would you do if you weren't a teacher?
5. What do you think makes a great teacher?
6. What is your favourite educational website?
7. What is the funniest thing a student ever told you?
8. What is your favourite movie?
9. How often do you blog?
10. Why do you love twitter?
11. What are you looking forward to in 2014?
My ideas are my own and inspired by teaching at RVS.