Category Archives: Differentiated Instruction

Transformation is Not About Technology but About Being Able to Tell A Story

This post started out as a Facebook post and morphed into something a little bigger as I was pecking away in my car before heading to a workshop this morning. I got home last night from our Ignite Dinner Series … Continue reading

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Learning to Code Using Hopscotch – Engaging, Purposeful, & Challenging Learning

What is coding? I didn’t know much about it either prior to December of 2014.  I learned that it is another language and knowing how it works will open up a lot of possibilities for my students and our classroom. … Continue reading

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The Joy in Saying “YET!” What a 3 Year Old Can Teach Us About Having a Growth Mindset

The other day I took my 3 and 5 year olds to a playground at a local park prior to watching my wife play her slo-pitch game. My 5 year old easily crossed a chain bridge and then my 3 … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. McDonald, I Will Never Forget Genius Hour

Near the end of this post is an emailed letter I received from a thoughtful grade 7 student the day after our final day of school.  It warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eye.  It will have … Continue reading

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Out of My Mind

I picked up Sharon Draper’s “Out of My Mind” after signing up my class for the Global Read Aloud 2013.  It is a brilliantly written novel intended for young adult readers.  However, it is really a story of triumph and … Continue reading

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How Do You Define It? How Bad Do You Want it?

This year my colleague and teaching partner Gallit Zvi and I showed an inspirational video “How Bad Do  You Want it?” just before our school’s annual Terry Fox Run.  We wanted to engage students in a discussion about success.  Students … Continue reading

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A Thank You Letter

“Great ideas are born from the need to follow your dreams.” — @PoetSayings  Follow them and share your story!  We will all benefit! Dear Gallit, Together we embarked on a learning journey together with no wall, 2 classes, awesome students, supportive … Continue reading

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Caine’s Arcade Style: Project Based Learning

We have been doing a lot of learning this year that is different than I would have imagined if you would have asked me 17 months ago. My teaching colleague, Gallit Zvi and I embarked on our own journey of … Continue reading

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Making the Most out of Every Second

Below is a video shot in a relatively short time span this morning while my wife was running errands and I was hanging out with my 3 year old and my 21 month old.  It is a video inspired by … Continue reading

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Working on Presentation about “The iPad as an Assessment and Learning Tool”

This is a repost of a blog entry by my colleague and teaching partner Gallit Zvi. We are working on a couple pro-d presentation and would really appreciate the help of our awesome PLN. Any help you can give by … Continue reading

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