Rational Exponents – Simple is Beautiful

Our Grade 11 Functions course is slowly becoming more of a Thinking Classroom, and one of the big shifts I’m currently working towards is Defronting the Room. I use Pear Deck regularly for setting up a problem & collecting responses (blog post to come), but this week I was looking to do a simple, oral explanation of a problem and…

Sketchnotes Day 5

We’re five days into our Sketchnoting trial for the astronomy unit of grade 9 science. I think it’s safe to say I’m sold on the idea of being intentional about integrating visuals in note taking.    Observations so far: Students are awesome. Not that this is a new finding, but it’s nice to be reminded of how unique & creative…

Sketchnotes Take One: What do we already know?

We’ve started sketchnoting in SNC1DF in our Study of the Universe unit. For the first day, I introduced the concept of sketchnotes with help from Marie-Andree Ouimet & Joel Charlebois’ workshop presentation.  After a quick introduction, I set the students on their first sketchnoting adventure: draw a sketchnote of what you already know about the universe. I gave the students a…

Starting with Sketchnotes

After following the #sketchnoting conversation between educators on Twitter, I became intrigued. I popped in the sketchnoting room at the 2018 EdCamp and my brain was abuzz with ideas for how this could change the way students engage with information in Science class. Not one to waste any time, I reordered our units in SNC1DF and set Earth & Space: the…

Parabola Slalom

As an end of unit assessment, I had students complete the Parabola Slalom on Desmos. This was my first time using one of the pre-made Desmos Classroom Activities, but it won’t be my last. The activity was a good balance of challenging & achievable. The students were frustrated in a way that spurred them on to seek out possible solutions….