Maker Culture in Schools

Education is full of buzzwords and trends. Some are better than others. Maker spaces, and maker education is one educational shift I am excited by. My latest article for the Yellin Center explores how maker culture is invading schools.

For those equally excitable educators who are curious to learn tactical ways to cultivate a maker culture you can head over to EdSurge’s Maker Guide.  It is a hot bed of great ideas and resources everyday teachers can use. Enjoy! Continue reading

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Great Math Apps for Building Spatial and Reasoning Skills

 We are constantly talking about apps here at the Jordan Project. Whether it is spelling, reading, math or science, there is an app for it.  But as we have reiterated time and again, it can be increasingly difficulty to cull through the swath of resources and pick the tools that will build the skills you desire.  My latest article, which you will find a copy of below, for the Yellin Center covers a few great tools by Carstens Studios for building spatial and reasoning skills. So head over to the Yellin Center Blog or my article below for a detailing of these exceptional math apps.  Continue reading

Science Apps by TinyBop

IMG_5508In 21st century education we spend a lot of time talking about, vetting and integrating new apps. The bulk of digital learning materials fall in the big curricular areas –reading, writing and math.  However, there are a wealth of tools to support learning in the sciences and humanities as well. TinyBop does an exceptional job developing resources to hone inquiry skills in budding scientists. Below you will find a copy of my latest article for the Yellin Center Blog which highlights the merits and attributes of TinyBop’s suite of scientific learning apps. Continue reading

Teaching Moments: Math Games

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As of next week, I will begin a teaching position doing math intervention for at risk students in a Harlem Public School.  I am incredibly, heart pumping excited for this next chapter in my teaching career.  My work in Harlem will be unlike any of my previous experiences as a Canadian public school teacher.   I am confident that as I work to teach my students mastery over the mathematical concepts that they will be teaching me equally as much about what it is to be a thoughtful, culturally aware, engaged educator.  I am eager to grow my professional competencies as I experience the grind and joys of inner city, urban teaching.  So with all the excitement in me building, and my patience to begin waning,  all I can do is start to plan by scouring my  math materials to see what might be applicable to my new students.  I have unearthed a few games that I have created and used in my math classroom that I thought I should share with the greater teaching world. Throughout my teaching career I have always struggled to find resources that reflect my exact vision for my curriculum or meet the precise, unique needs of my students.  So as a result I tend to devise all my own worksheets, games and handouts.  Often my creations are inspired by things I see done by others or a need I see arising in a child, but in the end I tailor my inspirations into something that aligns with my educational philosophy. So with that in mind, please use these resources, adapt them and if possible give me your feedback so I can better them in the future.   Continue reading