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Inquiry Based Learning vs. Problem Based Learning

How can learning through projects (an approach similar, but not the exact same as inquiry-based learning) make students with special needs feel like they are included in your class? As a secondary science teacher, I have used problem based learning (PBL) in addition to inquiry-based learning (IBL) on a regular basis. I consider PBL ’learning… Continue reading Inquiry Based Learning vs. Problem Based Learning

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My Learning Journal – Spec Ed Part 1

ENTRY 1 – Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 This is my first entry into my Learning Journal for the Special Education – Part 1 Additional Qualification course that I am taking online via Queen’s University. Yahoo! Here, I have been asked to look forward at the final task and choose between two options for the culminating… Continue reading My Learning Journal – Spec Ed Part 1

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Raising Homework From the Dead: 5 ways to make it alive again

There has been a lot of negative press surrounding the much maligned “homework” recently. In fact, it has been getting a bad rap for decades. Everyone is touting studies that show little or no correlation between performance and homework, while others say that any evidence that does exist between improved achievement and homework lacks a… Continue reading Raising Homework From the Dead: 5 ways to make it alive again

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My Top 10 Educational TV Shows for Kids!

Last month I wrote a piece on Toddlers vs TV: Less is best, but not necessarily realistic. One of my most popular posts to date, it generated some great on-line conversations amongst parents and caregivers on exactly how much TV is “too much”. It also highlighted the fact that, for some parents, avoiding screen time altogether was impossible and… Continue reading My Top 10 Educational TV Shows for Kids!

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Inspiring Kids with Science (and a Gummy Bear Investigation)

For this post, I will be channelling my inner nerd. 👓 I really am a geek at heart. Most of my family and friends already know this about me. I love libraries and second hand book shops, travelling, taking photos, nature, watching documentaries and exploring the environment around me. My two favourite subjects at school have… Continue reading Inspiring Kids with Science (and a Gummy Bear Investigation)

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Easy Peasy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This is my first V-day with a preschooler and we wanted to do something fun for her class. Although baking is a favourite bonding activity of ours, my daughter has a tree nut allergy and her preschool is a nut-free facility so food was not an ideal option.… Continue reading Easy Peasy Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids!

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Toddlers vs. TV: Less is best, but not necessarily realistic

The temptation to interact with screens around the home is inescapable. They are everywhere; in our kitchens, our living rooms, our playrooms and even in our bathrooms and beds. With the convenience of digital streaming programs like Netflix and You Tube and the portability and accessibility of iPads, Smart phones and Smart TVs, we are… Continue reading Toddlers vs. TV: Less is best, but not necessarily realistic