Take the Sharing Pledge! (and get a certificate!)

(In my tweet I accidentally referred to this as a “slides” add on. It’s really a Sheets add on) There’s a lot to do as a teacher! My goodness, does the work pile up! The demands on teachers have been increasing in the past decades and there’s such a need to modify and develop new material to meet the needs of our current students, but it can be a nightmare! Here’s…

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CourseHelp.ca gets a reboot

My new update for CourseHelp.ca has gone live. It was quite a bit of work moving over all the content from the previous Google Sites site. Since nothing is automated, I had to create a new page for each resource on the site. I think it still all came together fairly quickly and I’m pleased with the simple and clean appearance of it. The last site contained different sections for video…

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Listening to the Naysayers: Wisdom from the other side (Part 1)

Sometimes I wish to roll my eyes at the naysayers who say that we shouldn’t be using technology in classrooms, or maybe just grab their shoulders and shake them. But, no worries, I refrain. It can be frustrating to work with those who don’t want to change. It seems, however, that I need to be a bit more patient. It isn’t always fear of change that motivates the hesitations to…

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Do we really need to care about student “engagement”?

Do we busy teachers really need to concern ourselves with ‘student engagement’? Is entertaining our students, keeping them happy, and pandering to their elementary interests really our job? Well, it’s not exactly like that, but yes, engagement is our job. But why, some might add, do we need to focus on making the learning ‘engaging’ if that’s not what they will find in the workplace or postsecondary school? They are…

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Teens scared to death of being embarrassed (Literally! Sort of)

“Oh, come on! It’s not that big of a deal.” Sometimes it seems like teens just exaggerate their social fears. Educators may want to roll their eyes and say, “Get over it! There’s so many more important things.” It turns out there’s more to it than teens being scared little drama-queens/kings. I’ve been working with a developmental theory for a while now, but I was recently pleased to discover that…

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