Just like with parenting, I truly believe that taking on a united approach as a school team can prove to be so powerful and productive. I have been witness to this in my school this year, as we work as a team towards a shared approach in how we are teaching social and emotional learning, more specifically,… Continue reading Self-reg and The Zones of Regulation
I recently tweeted the following in response to a question put out to the Twitterverse by Dr. Justin Tarte, an educator who’s ideas and messages often resonate with me. RELATIONSHIPS! Most kids will usually behave out of function of attachment. When they don't it's likely stress behaviour not misbehaviour. — Sheila Vick (@sheila_vick) July 16,… Continue reading RELATIONSHIPS – WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
The following is a reflection on Lesson 2 of the RD Program that I have started in a Grade 4 classroom at my school. Read more about the program here, as well as my reflection on Lesson 1 here. The purpose of Lesson 2 is for students to learn more about their intelligences profile by… Continue reading RD Program Lesson 2 – Group B
During the first live episode of the #immooc, A.J. Juliani talked about the game of school that most kids play, and by this, he didn’t mean imaginative play where one of them is the teacher and the rest are the students. The game of school that he refers to is one that most kids will play throughout their k-12 schooling (if they decide… Continue reading The Game of School #immooc 2
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
It is no secret that being a teacher is hard work, but what is also becoming more and more talked about is that quality teaching also involves a lot of “heart work,” maybe not those words exactly, but that is what I like to call it. I actually believe that ” heart work,”if I can say the word heart this… Continue reading Heart Work
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