We had been planning this birthday party for a while, ever since seeing a live kangaroo from a local exotic animal shelter/educational/entertainment organization at an event downtown last summer, and this weekend, we finally hosted Simon and Alex's 12-year-old birthday party at a friend's house nearby.
As you can see by exploring the Thinglink below, it was a smashing success...
A colleague and I got our classes together today to watch and respond to a variety of media texts today in preparation for Day of Pink. First, we asked students to share what they already knew about this particular day, and then we watched a video summarizing the Canadian story:
Now that her leg is healing nicely, Sneakers is out and about again for leash walks (and soon, apparently, off-leash walks, too!) Today's adventures took us along the waterfront trail in Mimico, and -- undeterred by the cloudy skies above -- the dawg happily pranced about, even attempting to collect rather a large "stick" along the way...
Yes, yes, I know I just blogged about the benefit of more "pure math" and somewhat less "real life application", but this was just too good a problem to give up, so here goes...
Recently, Ms. Teschow was invited by the teacher federation to present a math workshop for teachers in London, Ontario. Since Ms. Teschow lives in Toronto and teaches in Mississauga, she decided that the most efficient way to travel would be by train.
She called to inquire about train tickets to London. As it turns out, the train that leaves Toronto Union Station for London makes a stop in Oakville, not too far from Mississauga, and on the way to London.
I recently rediscovered my love for Pattern Blocks.
While preparing to explore fractions with my Grade 6 students, some colleagues and I co-planned a lesson from the Pattern Block volume of the ETA Cuisinaire Supersource Series, an oldie but goodie when it comes to constructivism in math.
I had been introduced to pattern blocks and other manipulatives early in my teaching career, and found them helpful in teaching myself math concepts, never mind introducing these concepts to students!
"I came from Montreal in '88", said my cab driver on the way from Thunder Bay Airport to the hotel, "and I never left". I could see why.
I was first introduced to the "single story" concept when I was shown Ngozi Adichie's Ted Talk at a diversity course I was taking a few years ago. What affected me most poignantly was how this articulate, well-educated black woman who had grown up on the continent of Africa had -- as a child -- developed a schema of fairy tales being about white girls who ate apples, a fruit she had never seen in her native Nigeria.
Inspired by some of the "My Canada" art recently produced by my Grade 6 students, I decided to go check out some more art and culture over the March Break. In particular, I was interested in seeing some Aboriginal Art.
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