Maker Movement Con’t: Design Thinking in Schools

Life has been busy. So I apologize for the lull of posts as of late. There are a whole bunch of new projects and opportunities on the horizon that have been occupying my time in a very, very good way.  However, I had a few moments to to pen a continuation to my Maker Movement articles for the Yellin Center.  I hope you enjoy learning a little more about Design Thinking and how it can impact and enrich the learning process. Happy Making! Continue reading

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DIY ProD using Personal Learning Networks

It is a new year which means new learning goals! We have talked in the past about the respect I have for the digital space granting adult learners the autonomy to DIY their own learning. Today we are going to dig into Personal Learning Networks, and how to promote a culture of life long learning well after you leave the traditional classroom.  My latest article for the Yellin Center is attached below! Happy Learning! Continue reading

Using Infographics in the Classroom to Differentiate Instruction

 I have another article out for the Yellin Center.  This time I dig into how to use infographics in the classroom to differentiate your instruction and meet the core mandates of Universal Design for Learning. Below you will find my article where I discuss a few excellent, easy to use resources for making infographics.  Happy Learning! Continue reading

We are the Featured Freebie on Teaching Blog Addict!

highlightOne of my all time favourite aspects of blogging is connecting with other bloggers and professionals across the globe. In all my years working in education I have actually never set foot in a teacher store, nor have I bought a published curriculum book like a black line master (crazy I know!). I draw all my inspiration from the wealth of resources fellow educators and instructional designers share in their own small corners of the web.  The way I see it teacher blog reading, Pinteresting and teachers pay teachers perusing should count at professional development credits.

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So needless to say I was super excited to see one of my favourite teacher blogs, Teaching Blog Addict, showcase my Free Halloween Bingo resource! Teaching Blog Addict is an excellent resource to find great education bloggers and a plethora of rich resources. Head over and check out the new resources being shared today, as there are constantly new materials being showcased.

Top Five Resources for Special Education Teachers

IMG_5079The past month I had been asked by a few sources to cull my bookshelves and devise a list of my tried and true manuals for special education.  One list I comprised for my former University will be coming out to showcase 10 exceptional resources.  However, today, for the Yellin Center, I whittled and augment my list down to a mere five texts that make my life as a Learning Specialist a touch simpler. In my article, which you will find below, I elected to focus on technical texts, rather than teaching resources.  The literature detailed in the article are resources on the current research and practical strategies for applying the best practices in learning theory.  I hope they are as helpful to you as they have been for me. Continue reading

My Side of the Mountain Novel Study

41GI0OcvOZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Last week we headed to the Catskills for the most perfect, cozy, blissful weekend escape.  My nerdy inner elementary school teacher was as about the relaxation and she was about the setting of Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain in the real.   To give a little context to my unabashed enthusiasm, when I taught grade 5 I devised an entire My side of The Mountain unit plan.  It is hands down one of my favourite novel studies to do with a group of upper elementary school students.  The story is set in the Catskills, and centers around the theme of survival in the wilderness.  So as you know I believe in experiential learning. So naturally when I was teaching in the Northwest I made sure to infuse activities that got my students out in their natural environment to ensure the book really came alive.  It really is one of the best books to create interactive, authentic learning experiences around.  So while away this past weekend,  I snapped a handful of pictures throughout our trip that I can put together in a slide presentation for fellow teachers to use to help their students visualize the setting of My Side of the Mountain.  It is now up on my Teachers pay Teachers store. Continue reading

Essay Express: A Writing Intervention Software

method=get&s=essay-express-boxshotAnother article is up on the Yellin Center Blog! You might remember that last fall I reviewed FableVision Learning‘s Animation-ish program.  While during my exploration of Animation-ish, I stumbled across a few other awesome resources that FableVision has created.  One of which is an amazing tool for learning how to structure an effective essay called, Essay Express. Crafting an essay requires multiple abilities including, spelling, understanding of grammar and sentence structure, master of written conventions, understanding of semantics etc.  It is an area of writing that many students (all the way into their college years) struggle with and takes time to truly master.  Often students come into the clinic having some of the key abilities in places but weaknesses in others.  Essay Express is an exceptional tool that helps strength a students strengths and fill in any gaps they may have in the writing process in order to teach them how to devise strong written output.

So head over to the blog to read my review, the research that went into creating the program and the amazing aspects of this software that will make it beneficial for both home and school use.