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Kathryn O’Brien loves being in a classroom that hums with energy. Her teaching career has been spent in Ontario’s public system, abroad, and in private schools, spanning every grade at the junior level. She currently works with very inspiring artists in her role as Primary Art teacher at Upper Canada College. With a master's in curriculum and an insatiable curiosity about what makes learning fun, she never stops looking for ways to capture the learning spark and bring it into her teaching practice.
Classroom routines are the well-oiled machines that can make a classroom function. But routines can also provide the groundwork for a learning environment that nourishes student-driven learning. From routines to start the school day to those that build classroom community, routines can help maximize learning by providing stability, consistency, and time management skills—for teachers and students. Well-structured routines can increase active student engagement, promote individual accountability, and establish a positive classroom climate.
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Teachers know that their students love to explore and learn. But, how do we make this possible with thirty students, with different needs, learning styles, and backgrounds, all in one small room with one teacher in the class? Designed to help teachers reflect on their current teaching practice, Student-Driven Learning suggests small shifts, medium-sized ideas, and big changes that can be made to encourage student engagement through flexible, student-centered learning. Experiential earning that is student-driven fosters autonomy and shifts the focus from the knowledge and influence of the teacher to the experiences of the students. Student-Driven Learning helps teachers introduce opportunities for students to learn their own way, to take initiative, and to experience, wonder, and create.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion