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…

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…

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…

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…

The Flop of the Pineapple Project

This is post #3 for the 9x9x25 Challenge!  I read about this phenomenal idea called the Pineapple Chart on Cult of Pedagogy’s blog. Follow Jennifer here on Twitter, too! In a nutshell, the Pineapple Chart has five columns along the top labeled Monday to Friday. The rows are labelled down the side into half hour…

Professional Development for the 21st Century Educator

This is my second post for the 9x9x25 challenge for Ontario Extend by eCampus Ontario. I love professional development — really, really, really love professional development. I love learning new things. I love meeting new colleagues. I love sharing my own challenges, failures and successes in the classroom. Professional development is meant to help you…

Challenging Transitions

9x9x25 Blog Post #1 During my years as an educator, I have learned to be flexible and expect the unexpected. I have taught all ages – from preschool through to the college level. The most challenging transition I’ve had is to the post-secondary world 5 years ago. Here a just a few challenges: I never…