Employability Skills: Are we failing our students?

This is my 9th post for the 9x9x25 Challenge! The article by Joe Friesen, “One in four Ontario postsecondary students lacks basic literacy, numeracy skills, studies say” posted November 27th in The Globe and Mail claims that post-secondary students have weak skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving and critical thinking.  The Ministry of Colleges, Training and…

Cultivating my PLN Garden

I have always loved learning from my colleagues and other educators. I loved attending PD Day activities with my school board. I love going to conferences and participating in workshops or webinars. I love taking courses and learning new things. Look up lifelong learner in the dictionary and you’ll see my name!  However, when I…

The Value of Collaborative Project Planning

The Project – May/June PD Blitz One of the major projects I was a part of last year was our Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub‘s May/June PD blitz. To give you some context, up until a year or so ago we didn’t have a formal teaching and learning centre at our college; we were just…

The Value of Field Trips in Higher Ed.

This is my 8th post for 9x9x25. On Thursday, I went with Community and Justice Service (CJSP) students on a field trip to Beaver Creek Institution – a minimum and medium security correctional facility in Gravenhurst, ON. Every year, the CJSP coordinator organized three visits for different correctional facilities in Ontario so students in the…

Ontario Extend Badges

These are the badges I’ve acquired so far for Ontario Extend. I can’t wait to fill up this page with the rest of the badges!

Seeing My Students Soar

This is my seventh post for the 9x9x25 Challenge. This evening while I was waiting at the airport to board my plane to Toronto for TESS 2018, I ran into one of my former students. I taught her when she was in high school and knew she was destined for great things – she is…

It’s Alive!! (OE Experimenter Module Reflection)

This is my reflection for the module ‘Experimenter‘ for Ontario Extend. I completed these three daily extends (although they weren’t necessarily in the list on the OE Experimenter module): Do you or does someone you know teach a course that requires a textbook? Have you made sure that there isn’t a nice, high quality, free, open…

Turn Feedback in FeedForward

This is post #6 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! Why are we so afraid of feedback?! We shouldn’t see feedback as a negative or damaging thing; feedback is meant to help us reflect and grow as educators. In fact, we shouldn’t be waiting until the end of our courses to seek out student feedback. There are…

The Future of PD for Faculty

This is post #5 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! Traditional faculty PD is dead. Or at least it should be! You, as faculty, have a lot going on during the academic year that makes it challenging for you to be able to attend some (or any) of the wonderful PD opportunities put on by your teaching…

Fierce Female Colleagues

This is post #4 for the 9x9x25 Challenge! I have be fortunate to work with amazing female colleagues that have inspired me to become a better teacher, a better employee, a better colleague, a better mother, a better feminist, a better person. These women are fierce, strong, driven, successful, beautiful souls. Ashleigh has such a…