Robyn Thiessen

Joined Feb 29, 2016

  • Location: Surrey, Alabama
  • Organization: SD#36Surrey
  • Grade: 3rd
  • Environment: I work and learn with an amazing bunch of kiddos and educators. Although my classroom still has desks for students to work at, there are also cozy nooks that allow students to curl up with a book and our lounge is filled with soft pillows and colorful beanbag chairs. Students are free to work where they learn best! I am a 1:1 iPad classroom. Students use the iPads to make their learning visible and to document their learning on the digital portfolios. Oh and to explore Wonderopolis of course!
  • Biography: Robyn Thiessen has been an educator in Surrey, B.C. Canada for the past 26 years. She is a passionate educator who actively engages students in authentic, inquiry-driven learning opportunities. In recent years, she has flattened the walls of her classroom and participated in many global learning initiatives through the Global Classroom Project and Skype in the Classroom. Her students have used technology to make their thinking visible as well as to interact with other students, educators and scientists on a variety of projects. Robyn is very active in the Genius Hour movement and she believes that students need time to explore learning opportunities that they are passionate about. She also encourages students to appreciate their learning journey not just the results of the journey. Robyn’s classroom is considered a learning studio for other educators to visit and to gain an understanding of best practice in making learning visible and student-centered learning. Robyn is also a respected teacher leader and international speaker, facilitating Making Learning Visible workshops and sharing the benefits new assessment and reporting methods. She is a Discovery Education Ambassador Lead and STAR educator.
    Robyn was also part of a team, from the Surrey School District than recently won Simon Fraser University’s Inaugural Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in British Columbia, for their work in the transformation of Communicating Student Learning within Surrey School District.
  • Website/Blog:

Mar 5, 2018

Have you ever had Olympic Fever?

Have you ever had Olympic fever? My kiddos and I just spent the past two weeks cheering, learning, creating, skating, inquiring, researching and ...


Sep 11, 2017

Wonders of Teaching

As I begin another school year I am rought with insecurities and questions about what I am doing in my classroom. Am I doing enough? Am I learning ...


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 ...


Sep 27, 2016

Living in Perpetual Beta

As an experienced educator(over two decades, eeeek!) it would be easy to fall back on tried and tested “old school” ways of teaching and class ...


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 ...


Mar 8, 2016

How an ice cream headache made me fall in love with Wonderopolis.

I loved to see that other Wonder Leads felt that becoming a Wonder Lead was a dream come true because I felt exactly the same way!! I have used ...