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What is the point?

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Virtual Field Trips for Canadian Studies

I had a great line up of field trips for my fourth graders. They study Saskatchewan, and we are well located here in Moose Jaw. Next year I am teaching fifth grade. I need to think nationally now. Visit RCMP … Continue reading

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Fourth Grade Rocks and Minerals

I set up three stations this morning. In the first one, students attempted to match rock and mineral samples to a key of the three types of rock. In the second station they had to unscramble the landform pieces and … Continue reading

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Helping Students Listen With Intent

Listening with intent: Listening with intent, or listening with active attention to meeting, is at the heart of purposeful talk. “Hearing is a sound; listening is a thought.” (Michael Opitz and Matthew Zbaracki 2004) listening with intent involves letting the … Continue reading

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Minecraft’s Value

All video games are not created equal. I wouldn’t recommend we encourage youth to play just any game. I doubt transferable skills are learned by repeatedly flapping a bird into a drainage tube. The best educational interventions are those that … Continue reading

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Inquiry Should be our Learning Heritage

Last week I wrapped up our schools Heritage Fair season by supervising 17 students from my school attending the regional fair. As I’ve written on previous posts, I am not a fan of competitive learning. Nonetheless it was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Why Do I Have to Learn History?

Funny how a little question, only seven words long, can throw one for a loop. I had a student ask me that question an hour ago and I am still reeling from it. I’m reeling because I can’t verbalize an … Continue reading

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Point of View

I was pulling some ideas together for a lesson on respecting other people’s points of view… while maintaining your own values.

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Trusting student writing to authenticity

Today in the morning I played minecraft on my computer. And I also found this strainge sign in the middle of no where. And it said leave now and at the bottom of the sign it said HEROBRINE!!!!!!!! I was … Continue reading

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My first book

Clara and Willard Schmiess by | Make Your Own Book

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