How and Why Teachers Should Blog

As you might know, blogging is getting more and more popular. Students have blogs, teachers have blogs and even an Average Joe might have a blog. Blogging is something that expands creativity and improves writing and collaboration skills. It can even be addictive – in...

I Think They’re Playing A Game

After first nutrition break, my students were working on their Community Math Projects. I had students spread out around my classroom and in the hallway to give them some space and make it easier for them to focus. As I was working with one of the groups, a colleague...

Rainbow Sticky Notes

Yesterday, I was preparing some of my gently used resources to be passed on to another educator. I took a deep breath noticing the rainbow of sticky notes hanging off of the pages. “It’s just like ripping off a bandaid.” I thought, as I quickly began to remove each...

Responsible Digital Citizens

When colleagues hear that I use social media with my Grade 6 students, many of them wonder about “digital citizenship.” They worry about what happens when students use these tools irresponsibly. There are always questions about cyber bullying and posting inappropriate...

To Announce, To Converse, Or Both?

As I begin to use Twitter more, I notice that people use this social network for different purposes. Some people use it to announce what’s happening in their personal or professional lives, some people use it to converse about topics that matter to them (and hopefully...