While scrolling through Twitter this morning, I stumbled upon the following tweet by @gcouros, which immediately had me nmh (nod my head) and state “Yes!” out loud! Simple yet profound statement a teacher shared – "The more innovative I have become, the less I have to worry about classroom management." — George Couros (@gcouros) February… Continue reading 4 Ways in Which Innovative Education Simplifies Classroom Management
I have long been interested in Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences, and over the years as a teacher I have shared this interest with my students. A unit that I used to take on with my grade 7 and 8 students (back when I was in the classroom) called Learning to Learn, had the students exploring and reflecting about… Continue reading Building Respect for Diversity Through Multiple Intelligences
A course assignment this week had me tasked with creating a representation of what inclusion means to me. Based on my experiences and course readings, the sketchnote below is what I came up with. The assignment itself is a great example of an inclusive approach to education. The prof. allowed for creative freedom (keeping in mind everyone’s different… Continue reading Inclusion – Meaningful Participation and Learning for All
The #edublogsclub prompt this week (read more about the group and join here) has the participants sharing what their classroom and work spaces look like and how they are set up. Being in Student Services and out of the classroom means that I spend a lot of time in other teachers’ classrooms. While I initially thought… Continue reading Just Ask Siri!
The focus of my last two posts (read here and here) has been on the importance of proactively supporting mental health in youth and how we can do this. I would like to continue on this topic with the focus of this particular post being on adult resources that I have found helpful in either promoting mental health in youth, or… Continue reading Mental Health in Youth – Recommended Resources For Adults
In my last post I discussed the importance of parents and teachers playing a proactive role in maintaining and teaching their kids and students about mental health. In this post, I am sharing a list of resources on the topic of mental health, that I have found useful when working with my students or my own… Continue reading Mental Health in Youth – Recommended Resources For Kids
Although I have worked in student services for a number of years, it took an experience hitting way closer to home for me to fully realize the struggles that parents raising kids with chronic mental health issues are really facing. I think that overall our society has come a long way in regards to decreasing… Continue reading Mental Health in Youth – What is our role?
In my last two posts (read here and here), I talked about the benefits of visual schedules, why I think they work, and how to create them. In part 3 I would like to share how I implement the schedule. The first thing I do when getting started, is get the student excited about their visual plan.… Continue reading The Year of the Visual Schedule – Part 3
In my last post (read here), I talked about the benefits of visual schedules and why I think they work. In this post, I would like to talk more about how I create my visual schedules. As mentioned in my last post, I am writing more specifically about individualized visual schedules for students with needs, but this same format can also be… Continue reading The Year of the Visual Schedule – Part 2
I’ve been working in student services for nearly 5 years now, and therefore writing individualized plans for equally as long. A standard adaptation in all of my plans over the years (seriously, probably in every single plan I have written) has been to “provide a visual schedule” for the student in question. I’m embarrassed to… Continue reading The Year of the Visual Schedule – Part 1