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Missed Connections

How disappointing, five of my fourth graders stayed after school hoping to Skype with their Australian and American global pen pals. After waiting patiently past the scheduled time, I sent my students home. Thirty minutes later I made a poor … Continue reading

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Sharing Reading

Fridays my students try and share a bit about what they have been reading during the week. I need to organize this better. For example, they probably need to come to their impromptu groups prepared with some passage in their … Continue reading

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Our Ghosts

My mother-in-law approaches ninety. I’ve seen her in the context of the last thirty-five years. Throughout those years she has been a widow stubbornly maintaining her presence on the family farm, and later, a grandmother living in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. … Continue reading

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Are we wired for mobile learning?

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Rage against the Machine

It’s been a while since I posted to my blog. I spent the evening sitting in my bedroom where it was nice and quiet, using Siri to record comments on report cards. After a while you get a little tired … Continue reading

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Let me teach in a library

We discuss “getting rid” of traditional spaces like desks, when we should be discussing when and where desks, or any type of furniture, are appropriate. I had tables, and now I am back to desks. The change was not my … Continue reading

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Fine tuning technological integration in my classroom

I’m wondering how to evaluate my technology components this year so far. It’s hard to decide whether things are going well, or whether there are insurmountable problems to deal with that will force me to change the direction in which … Continue reading

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Taking Risks

Friday a colleague and I took fifty fourth graders on a three-hour tramp along the Trans Canada Trail where it skirts the city. It was quite an adventure for our students. Although the reality is, they were never more than … Continue reading

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Finding Jing Again

  I am so consumed with mobile platforms these days that I have not been keeping up with my laptop applications lately. While connecting with classrooms on Edmodo I was reintroduced to Jing. I must have been there before because … Continue reading

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It’s a community

The fourth graders and I were talking about producers and consumers in science. Our textbook (yes, I use a textbook often) reminded us of the First Nations and Metis world view that habitat communities are circles and not hierarchies. We … Continue reading

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