My 31 Flavours Dilemna

I have always had a slight problem when entering an ice cream shop. Choices. Usually, I walk in and I see one freezer case with 8 tubs of ice cream. This is great. But inevitably, this was just a break in the WHOLE counter and if I just shimmy down a few more steps, 3…

Breakout Games

I was debating a title for this entry, because I wanted to use the term “classic” for the use of breakout boxes, but then realized I’ve only been using them for a little over a year. Does that qualify it for “classic”, “original”, “old school” ? My point was that we were using the “old…

The Rotating Speaker Series

I wrote about my “mini experiment” for secondary enrichment for November and December.  This experiment is what I’m now calling the rotating speaker series.  The idea behind this is that most schools have an opportunity to host an event so enrichment opportunities are accessible to all my students – at no cost or travel expense…

The Inter-Connectedness of Community

We recently had two workshops at secondary enrichment and on the surface you might not immediately connect them, but after attending the sessions, you would really see how we are all connected to the community. The first event was a guest speaker from the Children’s Aid Society and the second was from the Humane Society….

Mini Experiment

For November and December this year, I am trying a  little experiment in Secondary Enrichment.  It’s not earth-shattering or ground breaking, but it’s new for me and I want to see how it works. We’ve already had 3 field trips out (with a 4th in early December) so for the bulk of November and December,…

BIT17 Non Conference Observations

Enough chatter about the typical and expected from me after attending a conference.  What are the little things that made me think: the awkward, the fun, the YES! everyone needs to experience this!?!? I look out my hotel room window to see if people are crossing the street and heading into the venue.  It’s kind…

BIT17 After Thinking (2)

This entry is more on the “next steps” side.  My last time at the conference was BIT15 and I made a challenge to myself to try at least one thing I learned in my class. (I did)  I tried using Google forms and some Google extensions. I tried Flubaroo, DocAppender, and Yet Another Mail Merge. …

BIT17 After Conference Thinking

I had another great learning experience at BIT17 this year. When I say “another” what I mean is that I’ve attended BIT15 and was overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the opportunities and activities available. This year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Doug Peterson @dougpete and Stephen Hurley @stephen_hurley on VoicEd…

Success and the Field Trip

How does one measure the “success” of a field trip? Is it successful if no one gets lost or hurt; if learning takes place in a meaningful way; if we left and returned on time?  Today I’m going to see if I can find ways to qualify my recent field trip as a success. First…

Shake It Up!

I had a unique opportunity this week to get into a few classes that are well beyond my comfort zone.  It was an excellent opportunity to stretch my limits and see what is hidden in my teacher vault. For the bulk of my career, I have taught in high schools.  I do have junior and…

That Time I Compared Myself to the Grinch

**I’m disappointed with my title and it’s apparently very important in blog writing. I have to really work on this aspect** I had the recent pleasure of attending two field trips that were completely different, but equally enjoyable.  In enrichment, we occasionally plan off-site field trips to give students a chance to experience real-world education. …

Appreciating My Circumstances

Wait, that title makes it seem like I’m in a bad situation and making the best of it. Nope. I’m in a great situation and taking the time to appreciate it. My return as secondary enrichment resource teacher has been a great relief. While I remember what chaos I seemed to be in last year…