In my last blog post, I let you know about the most recent plushy addition to our classroom. Since that time, each child in the class has had a chance to take Peggy home to introduce it to their families. My hope here was for each child to build a strong attachment to Peggy, so … Continue reading Peggy the Penguin Update
Faster than you can say "No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks!" it feels like summer is over and fall is upon us. Although September is an exciting time of sharp pencils, fresh notebooks, and smiling new faces, it is also a time of very little work-life balance. As teachers, we have … Continue reading Back to School
A few summers ago, I signed up for a workshop offered by the Monarch Teacher Network of Canada. The registration fee was being subsidized by my school board, and I figured, why not? It ended up being one of my favourite professional development workshops and has had a profound impact on my teaching. Since then, my … Continue reading If We Build It, Will They Come?
The anticipation is starting to get to me! I have been patiently watching the other Grosvenor Teacher Fellows depart and return from their expeditions, but mine is still more than 5 months away. When the current group returns home on July 8, more than half of us will have already been on expedition. But one … Continue reading Antarctica: A Year On Ice (Film Review)
When I first told my friends and family about my selection for the Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program, they were, of course, overjoyed for me. But, well-intentioned, many have since asked me questions like, “You don’t teach geography, so how did you get selected?” It’s true that many Grosvenor Teacher Fellows are not geography teachers. We are … Continue reading What Is Geographic Education?
This past weekend, I went to National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program pre-expedition workshop. It was an incredible weekend of networking, collaboration, and excitement amongst like-minded colleagues, some true chicken soup for the teacher's soul. While I was away, I learned more about my upcoming expedition to Antarctica, and … Continue reading Understanding Size and Scale
It was a freezing Saturday night in February and I was out with my softball team after a game, as we commiserated about our awful losing streak. At a local watering hole, we were laughing, talking, and refuelling after a tough loss, debating batting orders and fielding positions. That's when I felt the table begin to buzz. I … Continue reading And Then the Phone Rang…
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