Relit 2020 Bring Your Brave Sketchnotes & Quotes

On Saturday I had the amazing opportunity to take part in Relit 2020, organized by Dr. Jody Carrington‘s team. I learned so much, and it was such a great way to recharge and get pumped up before officially getting back to work this week. I won a Very VIP ticket, so I want to sayContinue reading “Relit 2020 Bring Your Brave Sketchnotes & Quotes”

Exploring Student Interests in the Early Years

Inquiry Mindset & Inquiry Live Last week I listened to a fantastic Inquiry Live conversation on Instagram between Rebecca (@inquiryteacher) and Laurie (@mrsmacskinders). I had to quickly grab the nearest pen and paper (which happened to be my gratitude journal from Dr. Jody Carrington that I was so fortunate to win along with a ticketContinue reading “Exploring Student Interests in the Early Years”

Social Emotional Learning in the Early Years

It. Is. Everything. It’s in our conversations, our classroom setup, our read-alouds, and the activities we do, and it is a key lens to look through as we plan for learning. Here is a sketchnote from a professional development session I attended (virtually) in early May that shows some important examples and ideas of howContinue reading “Social Emotional Learning in the Early Years”

Bilingual Educators Virtual Summit 2020 Reflection

I love to learn from and connect with new teacher friends, so a few weeks ago I took in some of the sessions from the Bilingual Educators Virtual Summit 2020. Unfortunately that week I ended up with a migraine, and I did not catch nearly as many sessions as I had originally hoped. I wasContinue reading “Bilingual Educators Virtual Summit 2020 Reflection”

Play First Summit 2020 Sketchnotes

This week I have been watching sessions from the Play First Summit that was organized by Fairy Dust Teaching and Teacher Tom. I enjoyed listening to the sessions, creating sketchnotes and then sharing those out with a community of people from all over the world in the conference Facebook group. People from that global communityContinue reading “Play First Summit 2020 Sketchnotes”

Self-Portraits in the Early Years

One of the first things that I (and many of my colleagues) invite Kindergarten students to do at the beginning of the school year is to draw themselves. These first-day drawings are such a special piece of developmental evidence, and they become even more remarkable when seen alongside subsequent drawings from that school year andContinue reading “Self-Portraits in the Early Years”

Anti-Racism Learning Resources

Here are some authors and their resources that have helped me, as someone with white privilege, in my anti-racism learning recently. Reminders 1. Aim to financially support BIPOC organizations, creators, artists, and businesses wherever possible. 2. Going into their space means you are agreeing to not treat them like Google or demand emotional labour byContinue reading “Anti-Racism Learning Resources”

Benefits of Google Classroom for K/1 Remote Learning

A few weeks ago my friend Megan Hume delivered a great PD on Google Classroom to our Kindergarten colleagues, and that inspired me to write this post about how it has been helpful for me teaching a combined K/1 class. Why Google Classroom? It has helped me collaborate with my two grade level teams duringContinue reading “Benefits of Google Classroom for K/1 Remote Learning”

Connecting with “Why?”

I’ve been thinking a lot of this idea of my “Why?” – raison d’être as we say in the French Immersion biz – this week because I took part in a fantastic webinar on Saturday with Dr. Jody Carrington. I made this Sketchnote because I LOVE making and sharing Sketchnotes, and I was thrilled with the positiveContinue reading “Connecting with “Why?””

APPIPC 2016

On Friday I attended APPIPC 2016. It was wonderful to meet new people and to see some French Immersion colleagues from my previous school district as well as my Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching French Immersion program. I learned a lot, and got some inspiration to try some new things. Before I start sharing myContinue reading “APPIPC 2016”