Total Results: 17

Carol Varsalona May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

Wonder Bundle #4: Strange Dreams

After a night of frustrating technology glitches, I wrote a post, Whoosh!, and decided to engage in a deep breathing technique to fall asleep. Little did I know that sleep was at least an hour away. Despite the breathing and trying to quiet down my ...

Delsia Malone May 28, 2017

May 28, 2017

My Personal Summer Professional Development Choices

I anxiously await my summer reading time. Each year, I accumulate, read and share information from books that I read. I love to wonder what others will read and I wonder if they have favorite authors that they read each summer. I find it so ...

Delsia Malone May 13, 2017

May 13, 2017

Happy Limerick Day

Have you ever wondered where limericks began? Wonder #221 explains limericks, so be sure to feed your curiosity and read this Wonder. May 12 is Limerick Day is in honor of Edward Lear. Curious about limericks, it was a clear choice for eye me to ...

Carol Varsalona May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017

Choice Leads to Voice: Wonder Bundle #2

On Twitter, there have been many thoughts exchanged by educators on the topic of choice. It is often found in student-centered classrooms where there is a culture of trust. In these havens of learning, learners are provided opportunities to choose ...

Delsia Malone Jan 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

Today is such a historic moment in our democracy. Witnessing the transition in power from outgoing President Barack Obama to President-elect Donald Trump is so majestic. On this day in our nation’s history, it has always been a respectful ...

Robyn Thiessen Nov 10, 2016

Nov 10, 2016

Living In Perpetual Beta-An Update

As you may know I have begun the journey into alternate seating possibilities and student choice in my grade 3 classroom. I have designed a learning space where students are given voice and choice over where they choose to work. There are 4 desks, 2 ...

Lisa Silmser Sep 11, 2016

Sep 11, 2016

Sharing Jacob's Hope

This was the first week of school for me in Minnesota and Facebook was filled with beautiful images of children loved beyond measure standing at the bus stop or on the front porch with smiles, new shoes and backpacks filled with packages of crayons ...

Delsia Malone Aug 27, 2016

Aug 27, 2016

Wonder Jars

How can I instill in my students a love for inquiry? How can I encourage them to wonder about things in the world around them? How can I expand their vocabulary? I shared my thoughts with our middle child, Ebony, as we Face timed on Sunday evening. ...

Delsia Malone Jul 27, 2016

Jul 27, 2016

Teaching Tools

Hello Wonderers! As I conclude a book study with a fabulous group of educators on Google Plus, I have confirmed that there is still much work to do in the name of literacy. As parents and educators we have the task of making sure that our kids and ...

Delsia Malone Jul 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016

DIY Literacy Chapters 3-4

The book, DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts, has been folded, highlighted, and sketched in, as I avidly read each page. I even found myself laughing aloud and saying YES! as I read the classroom anecdotal accounts. I can relate ...

Carol Varsalona Jul 3, 2016

Jul 3, 2016

Noticing and Wondering

What happens when a group of dedicated educators come together to notice and wonder? Creative sparks are ignited and the acts of designing, creating, and "making" follow.That's what happened at the graduate course, Transforming Writing Lives Through ...

Robyn Thiessen May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016

A Genius in the Making

While sitting at home one summer day, I was scanning Twitter and noticed an interesting tweet by a Surrey teacher mentioning Genius Hour. I knew nothing of this, so I tweeted back and asked what Genius Hour was all about. And thus began one of the ...

Kristie Ennis May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

​Wonder Wall in the Freshman Academy: Starting High School Off Right!

Students will each have Wonder Journals provided to them that they can decorate and make their own. We can pool a big supply of old magazines and art supplies for this activity, and I will come up with parameters for the journals. Essentially, ...

Kristie Ennis Apr 28, 2016

Apr 28, 2016

Wonder Hour for High School

Yesterday marked the first professional learning session geared toward middle and high school teachers that centered around Wonderopolis and Genius Hour. Together, my colleague Jennifer Cox and I shared the theory behind pushing students to think ...

Lisa Silmser Mar 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

Mini Books of Wonder

I sold ice to Eskimos today and I couldn't be more tickled by the outcome. The powers of marketing are not lost on me and I see everyday that the way that something is packaged can make a difference. I believe Daniel Pink when he explains that "to ...

Kristie Ennis Mar 22, 2016

Mar 22, 2016

High School Wonders

Something happens when students go through middle school. We know this. Teachers and parents REALLY know this. Students change physically, emotionally, and enter the most significant growth period of their lives between the ages of 10 and 15. ...