Archive for October, 2013

The Tools of Teaching

Posted: 23rd October 2013 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

Confession time. I have to admit it. I don’t always love when students and teachers use technology in the classroom. There I’ve said it. But before you get up in arms, let me add this. I also don’t always love it when students and teachers use pencils and paper in the classroom either. Let me […]

Connecting to Inquiry

Posted: 21st October 2013 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

I think, without a doubt, the best word that has come out of the new FDK (Full Day Kindergarten) program document in Ontario is provocation. It’s fun to say, makes you sound smart, and best of all it is actually an amazing strategy to support inquiry-based learning. Come on, say it with me. Provocation. Doesn’t […]

Evolving Our PD Demands

Posted: 16th October 2013 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

We had our first PD day of the year last week. From my perspective, it was a great time for the staff to focus in on student work, school data, school improvement parameters, and set some goals for ourselves and our teams. I was lucky to jump into many discussions and I learned how inventive […]

Looking at Labels

Posted: 9th October 2013 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

We tend to go through life gathering labels. I am known by a lot of labels…educator, daughter, circus mom (yep,really), disabled, north ender (Hamilton term for those living in the gritty but vibrant downtown). You get the picture. For those who don’t know me all that well, some of these labels may surprise you because […]

Hearing Ourselves Think

Posted: 6th October 2013 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

When I was growing up, my mom went to university, working on several different degrees. A common phrase aimed at my sister and I was “I just need ten minutes to hear myself think!” before we were sent on some mission away from her study space. I understand her plea much better now than I […]

Let’s Get To The Good Stuff

Posted: 1st October 2013 by kkeerybi in Uncategorized

I had a visit in the office today from a Grade 1 class. One of the questions they asked was “Why did you become a vice principal?” My answer was that I wanted to be in a job where I could see and hear students learning and see how much they learn over time. For […]