I’ve had to stop teaching. My family held an intervention. My daughters were crying. My sons looked stern. With a problematic medical history, they were concerned about the lack of a mask mandate and uncertainty about who was vaccinated, so they insisted that I quit. They don’t like me saying that they bullied me, and… Continue reading Bye teaching. COVID.
This is just amazing. A post that was updated one year ago (from July 2021) lists the tech that Sal Khan uses to make his videos. If you don’t who Sal Kahn is, he’s the founder of the fabulous Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/. Look him up – it’s a great story! He uses a PC… Continue reading What Sal Khan Uses to make Videos
I wrote a post on a different site many years ago about my hobby of categorizing ed tech tools and strategies. I made up the title, Taxonomy as Extreme Sport. The original site was created with my HS in mind; however, I decided to make my writing and categories more universal by putting them under… Continue reading Taxonomy as Extreme Sport
This week I came across 2 posts about the topic of choice, with the advice to limit them. The first was by Marie Forleo, the business and productivity guru. She talks about Decision Detox and “how making less choices gives you more freedom.” Of course, I thought about this in the context of education, and… Continue reading Too Much Choice?
A virtual colleague recently posted about his work being rejected for an online art show by a huge arts education organization. If you would like to read Ted Edinger’s post, it’s available here. He makes some excellent points about the fact that we don’t usually prepare students to face rejection. Any practicing artist, or really, anyone… Continue reading Accepting Rejection as a Part of Life
Itt was a difficult year for me, last year, and culminated in heart surgery. I wish I could have finished off the year with my students but was able, at least, to see their final projects. This year I will only be teaching grade 10 art and grade 10 computers. I found grade 10 quite… Continue reading Art PD and Considering Differentiation
My students have a strong mix of capabilities and interests this year. It’s a tough balance keeping them interested and learning vs not leaving behind those that have different learning needs. Lesson One is to have multiple assignments going, as I’ve done in the past. Usually this involves sketching. If they finish the in-class assignment… Continue reading Lessons I’ve Learned in this year’s Classes
It’s important to paint from life when trying to grow your observation skills. Photos – especially from your phone – may not accurately capture lighting and form and colour. But sometimes you need a way to capture a moment, take it with you so that you can use it at a later date. Smartphones have… Continue reading Why you shouldn’t draw from your Phone
I recently took a MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – given by Shelly Sanchez Terrell, an ESL educator and tech guru. The course was Goal-Minded Teacher and talked about learning theories, gamification and more, all with technology integration. For a look at my coursework, please visit my Goal Minded Teacher blog. Why did I take the… Continue reading Goal-Minded Teacher Course
Wakelet is a bookmark tool that allows you to save actual media and organize them into collections. I see enormous potential for Wakelet! It seems to be able to save just about any content from the web, and even better, you can play YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify lists, etc. right from your board. Instructions here. Here’s an example of what it… Continue reading Cool Tool: Wakelet