The teachable moment that took me out of the classroom: how 12 brilliant young women taught me about myself

In education, we often talk about teachable moments – those impromptu invaluable lessons that change our perspective. Often, we the teachers recognize, facilitate, and maximize those special and unexpected opportunities. I want to tell you about one particular teachable moment – this time, it was a huge epiphany for me, the teacher. This past year, […]

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Teetering with technology: how I explore my own use, disuse & misuse of 21st century devices and tools

An earlier version of this post was published in the Linden School’s literary journal, House of Girls. A print copy is available for purchase at the school now; an electronic version will come out soon. Contrary to popular belief, this technology teacher isn’t all that techie. Sure, I have a few of the latest devices, […]

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Morning conversation – Creeping my Instagram

Note: The girls call me by my first name. SCENE: Computer lab. Thursday morning, about 5 minutes before 1st period starts. I’m answering emails on my computer in the lab, other students are in the room doing work before class. A Grade 7 girl walks in. Student: Mooooniiicaaaa… Me: Yes? Student: The Grade 8s wanted […]

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Building a community and culture of two-way communication: my MT experience & some thoughts for U of T

I recently sat down with Crystal Chin, a Communication Intern in the Office of Student Life, to talk about my experiences with communications at University of Toronto, my program experience, as well as my research and perspectives on technology/social media use in institutions. You can read some of our conversation here. [The selective transcription doesn’t mention […]

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Social Media and Parental Involvement

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how we engage with parents at classroom and board levels.  I recently posted about how I seek to make a clear, direct path and link between parents and myself as Trustee. I know many educators who use email, Twitter, class blogs, websites, Facebook, and other on-line platforms to […]

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My need for F2F Engagement – why I find “little time to blog”

After a summer hiatus from blogging, I want to return to writing by first reflecting on my use of blogging. I’ve had a very eventful summer so far, professionally.  I traveled to Philadelphia for TEDxPhiladelphiaEd, EduBloggerCon, and ISTE11 in June.  I’ve been participating in the planning discussions for edcamptoronto. In the past 6 months, I’ve […]

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Twitter as “Zone of Professional Development”

Wanted to share an awesome blog post by Robert Madden – “Twitter – Zone of Professoinal Development.” You can access the link here or full link: http://classroomapplications.com/twitter-zone-professional-development I’m a firm believer in using Twitter for professional development. I’m in constant dialogue with teachers and educators. If I have a general or specific question about resources, […]

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