Category Archives: Food for Thought

Teacher Feature #52 – The Value of Teachers

As a youngster in elementary school, I thought that only students looked forward to summer vacation. Once I became a teacher, I realized that teachers often looked forward to their holidays with even more enthusiasm than their students. However, in … Continue reading

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Teacher Feature #51 – Learning and Bicycling

There are at least two things in my life that are of great interest to me. Learning, as a life long process, and bicycling. In addition, I am continually amazed at how “connections”, fostered through the Internet, provide such unique … Continue reading

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Teacher Feature #50 – Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward Day is the last Thursday of April each year. This year it occurs on April 30th and it provides teachers with a powerful opportunity to teach more than traditional curricular concepts. My Dad used to say … … Continue reading

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Teacher Feature #49 – Finesse Stress

The task of being a teacher today is one that may be filled with a variety of frustration. In fact, I believe that the daily stress in our teaching profession has increased drastically over the past decades. This is due … Continue reading

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Teacher Feature #48 – Independent Thinking

Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, has stated: “Back, you know, a few generations ago, people didn’t have a way to share information and express their opinions efficiently to a lot of people. But now they do. Right now, with … Continue reading

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How heavy is a glass of water?

On Valentine’s Day, I attended a function where Doreen Blackman, another retired teacher, handed me a piece of paper containing the following story and suggested I might enjoy the message. After reading it, I knew I wanted to share it … Continue reading

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Happy Fifth Blogging Birthday

My “Life-Long-Learners” blog started as a New Year’s resolution on January 1st, 2010. My first blog post was entitled “Life-Long-Learners and the ‘3Rs’”. In it, I shared my thoughts about the “3R’s” … not the traditional “Readin, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic” … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Daily Survival Kit

Early this month, Gerald Brown, the former Chief Librarian of the Winnipeg School Division, sent me a “survival kit” by email. True, variations of this list have circulated over the past 20 years but the message contained within, is still … Continue reading

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Teacher Feature #46 – Sharing the Light

As the current year draws to a close, I have been pondering what message I might include in this month’s “Teacher Feature” remix. I must thank Kevin Hodgson, a talented Grade 6 teacher, for inspiring me. Yesterday, Kevin entered the … Continue reading

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Engaged Learning Is Authentic Learning

For me DS106 was an amazing learning experience. I enrolled in this free, online Digital Storytelling class, hosted at the University of Mary Washington, in the Spring of 2012. Jim Groom and Alan Levine (aka “cogdog”) were the instructors who … Continue reading

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